9553 – Active Directory Solution Architect

Contract, Temp
Posted 1 month ago

Position Title:        Active Directory Solutions Architect

Location:               East Hartford, CT

Relocation:            No

Position Type:       W2 contract position (1 year expected contract)

Salary:                   $60 – $66/hour, Depending on Experience

Position Number:  9553



The State of Connecticut has asked Hallmark to hire a Solutions Architect to assist them in East Hartford, CT.  The scope of services required for this Solution Architect includes senior-level support for Messaging, Active Directory & Identity management team with an emphasis on Operations security. The candidate will be responsible for security administration of all Active Directory forests and domains and the Microsoft Exchange electronic mail and calendaring platform within the Judicial Branch. The Solution Architect will assist with the tuning and optimization of the Exchange environment ensuring email security and may be involved in migration activities as well as providing high-level support for problem resolution. Also, in scope is providing support and the design of a Microsoft identity management infrastructure in collaboration with Microsoft Azure to fulfill the access and authentication requirements of users for the Judicial Branch.


This is a W-2 based contract role expected to be a long-term position.



  1. Expert level Windows 2019/2016 Active directory and domain controller design, implementation and administration
  2. Expert level health and performance monitoring of a Microsoft Exchange environment and all its components and interfaces. Take preventive or corrective action as needed to maintain system availability and performance standards
  3. Monitor logs, message flows, queues, quotas, storage and other resources taking appropriate preventive or corrective action as needed
  4. Manage and administer the email data stores and Database Availability Groups (DAGs) to deliver optimal performance and availability
  5. Develop process and adhere to eDiscovery and Litigation hold requests
  6. Respond to escalated helpdesk tickets, resolve system and user problems and provide assistance as needed
  7. Expert level ongoing support and architecture planning for Microsoft Identity manager 2016 codeless environment following all best practices from Microsoft
  8. Work with legacy application owners to integrate their data into the Microsoft IDM metaverse and flow into Active directory
  9. MIM group management, password portal, integration with SQL management agents and ADFS
  10. Expert level knowledge on deploying and architecting System center configuration manager – SCCM version 1902
  11. Audit, test, schedule and install patches using SCCM and other operating system components as well as upgrades to Exchange servers as needed
  12. Administer MIM 2016, Microsoft Exchange and Active Directory high availability, disaster recovery, backup and restoration of the entire system as well as individual components such as files and end user mailboxes
  13. Experience with performance tuning for Active directory, Exchange server and Microsoft MIM environments in a 24 x 7 environment
  14. Develop, implement and document configuration standards, policies and procedures for managing, operating, and ensuring the security of the MIM 2016, Exchange & Active Directory infrastructure
  15. Manage Outlook Web App (remote mail access), mail routing protocols, relays, gateways, email encryption and security, interfaces and transports to external mail systems and provide support for mobile devices and phones
  16. Administer the mail system anti-spam, anti-virus appliances (IronPort)
  17. Expert level knowledge in auditing and managing Palo Alto TRAPS and MalwareBytes antivirus products for all servers
  18. Experienced with working in CritSit (critical situation) such as data breach, malware/ransomware attack and disaster recovery with minimal or no supervision
  19. Experience and expert level knowledge in implementing multi-factor authentication for users for applications such as webmail and other federated apps
  20. Manage Branch-wide standards for Exchange, AD and Identity Management
  21. Availability for 24×7 on-call support


The duties required of this position requires strong knowledge and expertise with designing, implementing, and supporting the following technologies:

  • Active directory
  • Microsoft Exchange server 2016/2019
  • Windows Server 2008 R2, 2012, 2016 and 2019 Microsoft Identity manager 2016
  • System center configuration manager (SCCM) Cisco Ironport email gateway
  • Email encryption products Infrastructure auditing products Active directory federation services Office 365 Tenant configuration Office 365 Hybrid configuration
  • Access Control and Conditional Access (CA) Azure Active Directory (AAD) and AAD Connect Password Hash sync
  • Microsoft Federation Integration with Office 365, Azure and Identity Management Multi Factor Authentication (MFA) with Azure
  • Advance Threat Protection (ATP) policies Palo Alto TRAPS administration MalwareBytes cloud deployment



In addition to the above-listed general qualifications, the skills and experience levels required for a candidate to be considered for this position are listed below.

  1. 10+ years of Expert level direct hands-on Microsoft Exchange and Active Directory administration experience
  2. 5+ years of Microsoft identity manager, SCCM and email security experience
  3. Strong understanding of SMTP e-mail flow and related transport/DNS configuration
  4. Experience with server virtualization technology including configuring and managing virtual servers preferably in a VMware environment
  5. Strong understanding of AD forests, domains, trusts, DHCP, DNS and group policy as it relates to Active directory
  6. Experience configuring and managing high-availability server environments using local and remote clustering and network load balancing technologies
  7. Scripting experience in languages such as Powershell
  8. Experience developing and testing offsite disaster recovery plans
  9. Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  10. Proven ability to work independently as well as with others, with minimal supervision
  11. Adhere to change management, incident management and problem management practices to ensure all activities are executed as per process


Preferred Certifications:

  • Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert O365 Enterprise Administrator Expert
  • Microsoft 365 Certified Messaging Administrator Associate Microsoft Certified Professional
  • Microsoft Exchange 2016 certification ITIL V3




To view other Hallmark jobs, please go to www.HallmarkJobs.com.


Hallmark and our Client are Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employers.  We encourage all qualified people with the current right to work for any employer in the USA to apply.  NOTE: We cannot consider H-1 Visa candidates for this position.  Principals only, please.

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