Mohammad Smadi, Developer in Riyadh, Riyadh Province, Saudi Arabia
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Mohammad Smadi

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Software Developer

Riyadh, Riyadh Province, Saudi Arabia
Toptal Member Since
December 3, 2020

With more than 15 years of industry experience, Mohammad is an expert in enterprise environments, cloud and security architecture, hybrid IT environments, and data center management. He has practical involvement in IT project management and is skilled in combining Microsoft and open-source technologies. He is proficient in various technologies such as Azure IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, WAF, Kubernetes, and more. He has work experience with top-tier companies, universities, and government entities.


BCG - Gamma
Azure Active Directory, Azure, Azure Virtual Networks, Kubernetes...
Ministry of Media of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
IT Project Management, Network Architecture, Azure Active Directory...
Arabic Computer Systems
IT Project Management, Network Architecture, Hyper-V...




Preferred Environment

Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS), IT Project Management, Azure, Kubernetes, Azure DevOps

The most amazing...

...project I've led is a compromised environment recovery by managing the recovery plan, security postures, implementing PAW, tiering accounts, and AD hardening.

Work Experience

Windows Engineer

2021 - PRESENT
BCG - Gamma
  • Developed an Azure virtual wan setup for multi-region virtual network connectivity.
  • Planned and designed Azure Kubernetes Services network connectivity using Azure WAF and load balancer.
  • Created a hybrid Active Directory set up for the dev-test environment.
Technologies: Azure Active Directory, Azure, Azure Virtual Networks, Kubernetes, Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS), Security

Cloud Architect | Enterprise Architect | Data Center Manager

2018 - PRESENT
Ministry of Media of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Architected solutions using MS Azure PaaS services such as SQL Server, Insights, Service Bus, Azure AD, Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD), Azure Kubernetes Services (AKS), and Azure Application Gateway (WAF).
  • Defined cloud architecture, design, and implementation plans for hosting complex application workloads on MS Azure.
  • Led the recovery team in the recovery of a compromised environment. Identified the compromised servers and accounts, recovery plan, cleanup plan, and security postures.
  • Recovered the compromised environment by implementing PAW, tiering management accounts, conducting post-remediation sweep and AD hardening, and reviewing the firewall policies.
Technologies: IT Project Management, Network Architecture, Azure Active Directory, Disaster Recovery Plans (DRP), Windows Server, Office 365, Hyper-V, Azure, Kubernetes, Windows, Cloud Architecture, Azure Cloud Security

Senior Systems Consultant | Presales Engineer

2016 - 2018
Arabic Computer Systems
  • Led a Hyper-V Server Farm project for Saudi Electronic University (SEU). Designed a Hyper-V system based on Windows Server 2012. Implemented a Hyper-V cluster consisted of 12 servers and enabled Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV).
  • Converted 120 physical servers and VMs to Hyper-V and upgraded Active Directory from 2008 to 2012 R2 on the same project for SEU.
  • Managed Azure Site Recovery for the SEU. Prepared Azure Site Recovery design, deployed ASR agents on Hyper-V cluster, and replicated Hyper-V virtual machines to Azure.
  • Deployed an ASR process server, replicated the physical server to Azure, and performed failover and failback.
  • Held an Azure IaaS workshop for the Arab National Bank (ANB). Configured Azure subscription and demonstrated Microsoft Azure features, IaaS, and its features to the ANB's IT team.
Technologies: IT Project Management, Network Architecture, Hyper-V, Disaster Recovery Plans (DRP), Azure VDI, Azure, Azure Active Directory, Windows, Cloud Architecture

Head of the Operating System Department

2012 - 2016
Majmaah University (MU)
  • Architected solutions using Windows Server services, such as Active Directory, Hyper-V cluster, SCVMM, SCCM, and SCOM.
  • Conducted an Office 365 migration project, where I migrated 25,000 mailboxes from G-Cloud to O365.
  • Configured a hyper-converged infrastructure based on Microsoft S2D technology to host a Hyper-V cluster.
Technologies: IT Project Management, Network Architecture, Cluster, Server Backups, Hyper-V, Windows Server, Azure, Azure Active Directory, Windows, Cloud Architecture

Microsoft Certified Trainer

2008 - 2012
SBS Computer Training Center
  • Delivered Microsoft official courses for MCSE Private Cloud 2012.
  • Held training to deliver Microsoft official courses for Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) 2008 and Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) 2003.
  • Provided advanced Windows and technical support for the center.
Technologies: MS Exchange, Hyper-V, Virtualization, DHCP, DNS, MCSE | Private Cloud, Windows Server, Azure Active Directory, Windows, Cloud Architecture

System Admin

2005 - 2008
Balkis Ceramic Industry
  • Planned, implemented, and troubleshot Active Directory, MS Exchange, and Windows Server infrastructure.
  • Managed and maintained the network infrastructure. Managed archiving, system backups, and PC hardware maintenance.
  • Administrated the servers at the company and provided software support.
Technologies: IT Project Management, MS Exchange, DNS, Virtualization, Windows Server, Azure Active Directory, Windows

Azure Kubernetes Services Project

I planned, designed, and implemented an Azure Kubernetes Services (AKS) setup for the Ministry of Media of Saudi Arabia. I configured the integration needed for Azure DevOps to help the e-services team (developers) perform their dev tasks efficiently and deploy applications using Azure DevOps and Azure Kubernetes. I configured Azure Application Firewall (WAF) on Azure Applications Gateway to publish the web apps.

Hosting Azure Kubernetes Services On-premises

Planned, designed, and implemented Azure Kubernetes Services as an on-premises service to migrate the AKS workload to the on-premises datacenter for the Ministry of Media of KSA. I configured the integration needed for Azure DevOps to help the e-services team perform their tasks efficiently and deploy apps using Azure DevOps and Azure Kubernetes. I migrated the workload from Azure to on-premises Kubernetes to comply with regulatory constraints. I had to do admin tasks such as cluster upgrades, troubleshooting, security, and monitoring.

Azure Hybrid Data Center Setup

The Ministry of Media at KSA decided to connect its data center to Azure and benefit from IaaS and SaaS. I managed the project and also did a part of the technical work. I configured site-to-site VPN, Azure WAF, AD Connect, Azure DR Site, and O365 hybrid setup.

Recovery Team Lead Work for the Compromised Environment Recovery

The Active Directory and some other application servers got compromised by multiple hacking groups. I was the recovery team leader in managing and cleaning the environment with the FireEye security team's help. I had to handle the following actions while the business was running:

• Installed FireEye agent on all servers.
• Scanned the environment.
• Identified the compromised servers.
• Identified the compromised accounts.
• Prepared the recovery plan.
• Prepared the cleanup plan.
• Implemented security postures.
• Implemented Privileged Access Workstations (PAW) and tiered management accounts.
• Post-remediation sweep.
• AD hardening.
• Firewall policies review.

Windows Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (WVD)

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we had to work from home and provide secure access to all of the Ministry of Media applications and resources. I had to plan, design, and implement Azure WVD to fulfill the requirements. I completed the following tasks:

• Created a custom master image.
• Created personal and pooled pools.
• Set up monitoring solutions.
• Configured Active Directory GPOs.
• Assigned access to clients.
• Troubleshot issues.

Legacy Physical Approach to Virtualization-based Approach on Hyper-V Migration

The Ministry of Media decided to convert and migrate all physical servers to virtual machines using Hyper-V 2016. My role was to set up a Hyper-V cluster based on Microsoft best practices and migrate all servers to the cluster.

I faced many challenges, but I managed to overcome all of them. Some of the challenges in this project were:

• Legacy applications.
• Lack of support from the application development team.
• Too many application dependencies.
• The work was conducted in a running environment.
2015 - 2019

Bachelor's Degree in Information Technology and Computing

Arab Open University - Riyadh, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia


Microsoft Certified: Azure Security Engineer Associate


JULY 2020 - JULY 2022

Microsoft Azure Administrator Associate



Microsoft Certified Solution Expert: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure



Microsoft Certified Solution Expert: Private Cloud



Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT)



Hyper-V, Cluster, Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS), MS Exchange, Azure Web Application Firewall


Azure, Windows Server, Azure IaaS, Kubernetes, Windows


Azure Active Directory


Azure DevOps


Java SE


Office 365, Disaster Recovery Plans (DRP), MCSE | Private Cloud, Server Infrastructure, Training, Information Security, Azure VDI, Virtualization, Server Backups, DNS, DHCP, Network Architecture, IT Project Management, Training & Training Content Development, Cloud Architecture, Security, Azure Virtual Networks, Server Migration, Azure Cloud Security

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