Justin McGee, Developer in Ferny Hills, Queensland, Australia

Justin McGee

DevOps and Solution Architect Developer

Ferny Hills, Queensland, Australia
Toptal Member Since
July 1, 2021

Justin is a well-rounded developer, infrastructure engineer, and manager. He spent 15 years in the IT industry, built many forms of infrastructure across the Windows and Linux world, and developed applications in various languages. He migrated AWS and Office 365 for 100+ virtual machines and 3,000 exchange mailboxes and re-architected Docker and AWS Native services applications. Justin is known for his sense of humor, and while infrastructure is right up his sleeve, he is no stranger to DevOps.

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Self-Employed - Owner - Preset Tech
Amazon Web Services (AWS), Python, IT Infrastructure, Networking, Office 365...
St. Paul's School
Amazon Web Services (AWS), Windows Server, Linux, Networking
Ladbrokes Digital Australia
Amazon Web Services (AWS), Nutanix, PHP, Microsoft SQL Server, Docker...


Ferny Hills, Queensland, Australia



Preferred Environment

Windows, Amazon Web Services (AWS), IT Infrastructure, Cloud Infrastructure, IT Networking, PHP, Python, C#, Linux

The most amazing...

...project I've deployed is a Slurm-based auto-scaling HPC solution in AWS for a company that makes microchips.

Work Experience

2017 - PRESENT


Self-Employed - Owner - Preset Tech
  • Deployed an auto-scaling, spot-instance driven Slurm HPC project for a customer using it for analysis.
  • Migrated several companies into Office 365 and G-Suite, ensuring that mail, contacts and calendars came through.
  • Provided level 3 escalation support for several customers around the network, IT infrastructure, and user support.
Technologies: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Python, IT Infrastructure, Networking, Office 365, Linux, Slurm Workload Manager
2017 - PRESENT

IT Manager

St. Paul's School
  • Completed an AWS migration for St. Paul's School. This included the re-architecture of applications for Docker and other AWS Native services, as well as the implementation of new and lift-and-shifted EC2 instances in to AWS.
  • Delivered rapid enablement of online teaching and remote learning for Covid-19, helped by our previous migration to cloud-native solutions and AWS.
  • Migrated from an aging Mitel MiVoice system to 3CX, providing better flexibility and reducing costs from an ISDN to SIP conversion.
  • Implemented a BYOD program for students to connect their own devices on campus. This involved the implementation of Aruba Clear Pass, VLANs, and project management.
  • Managed a team of five to provide a consistent excellent level of service for staff and students.
Technologies: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Windows Server, Linux, Networking
2016 - 2017

Infrastructure Engineer

Ladbrokes Digital Australia
  • Migrated corporate workloads into AWS, away from the aging on-premises hypervisors.
  • Collaborated with the development team on bringing elements of the production stack into AWS, running in Docker.
  • Provided training and professional development to junior members of the team, mentoring them in automating a large number of their processes.
Technologies: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Nutanix, PHP, Microsoft SQL Server, Docker, Docker Swarm, Office 365
2015 - 2016

Solution Architect

Idea 11
  • Performed an AWS and Office 365 Migration for 100+ virtual machines and 3,000 exchange mailboxes.
  • Designed and deployed a project to bring two arms of the same company into one, including MPLS deployment and Windows 2003 to 2012 domain migration and merge.
  • Performed many separate greenfield migrations, infrastructure, and AWS assessments for customers.
Technologies: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Windows Server, C#, Python, Linux, IT Networking



A service availability monitoring platform built with an AngularJS front end, an API gateway and Python back end, and mixed with DynamoDB and MySQL. While small, it's used by some of my customers for monitoring their websites - including one customer who has 700 WordPress websites!

AWS and Office 365 Migration

I was the technical lead responsible for performing a PoC, solution design and implementation of an AWS migration and office 365 migration for a customer with 100+ virtual machines and 3,000+ mailboxes.

This included the PoC and design of re-architecting their Windows and Linux environment, bringing in direct connections, and updating MPLS WANs for their sites all around Australia.


A completely dockerized, automated Ark: Survival Evolved server cluster that ran for 12 months prior to shutting down the servers. Utilizing Docker, Scripting, and AWS, I automated the management, deployment, and updating of Ark: Survival Evolved servers for Oceanic. This included also utilizing Grafana and some custom metrics monitoring.

The Honeycombers—Autoscaling WordPress

I participated in designing and implementing the infrastructure for a highly successful travel platform based on WordPress, running in AWS. The autoscaling infrastructure provided ensures maximum uptime and speed.



PHP, Python, C#


Laravel, Windows PowerShell, AngularJS


VMware, Hyper-V, Jamf Pro, Terraform, Docker Swarm, Grafana


Windows, Linux, Windows Server, Amazon EC2, Amazon Web Services (AWS), AWS Lambda, MacOS, Docker, WordPress


MySQL, Microsoft SQL Server, Amazon S3 (AWS S3), Amazon DynamoDB


IT Infrastructure, Cloud Infrastructure, IT Networking, Office 365, Palo Alto Networks, Fortinet Firewall Configuration, 3CX, Networking, Slurm Workload Manager, Information Technology, Amazon RDS, Containerization, 802.1X, System Administration, Firewalls, Nutanix


Microsoft HPC, Node.js


High-performance Computing


2004 - 2009

Bachelor of Information Technology in Information Technology

Queensland University of Technology - Brisbane, Australia



AWS Certified SysOps Administrator



AWS Solutions Architect Associate



AWS Certified Developer - Associate