Josh Grancell

Linux / DevOps Engineer

and also just a generally swell guy

just a few reasons


High Availability Web Servers

Experience deploying both Apache and Nginx as a high availability and scalable web server, reverse proxy, and multi-server load balancing solution. Adept in Apache and Nginx deployment, optimization, security hardening, and best practice configuration.

Red Hat / CentOS Expertise

Red Hat, CentOS, and Ubuntu Systems Administration expertise. Experienced with a myriad of server environments, from physical Virtualization host servers to shared web hosting servers to role-specific web servers, database servers, SVN repository servers, and backup servers.

Server Virtualization

Well versed in Xen and KVM infrastructure planning, deployment, and administration — both on physical hardware and high availability cloud-based infrastructure with Amazon AWS and Rackspace Cloud. Experienced with building Cloud and VM infrastructure from concept to execution.

Bash and PHP Development

Open source scripting and Web Developer, specializing in secure, standards compliant publicly available code. Adept at leveraging git, GitLab, and GitHub to create a collaborative and fully transparent development process. A proven track record of shipping usable, valuable code.

Security Admin

Experienced in planning and and leading the deployment of complete, top down security solutions on mission critical infrastructure. Adept at auditing current infrstructure for security needs as well as investigating compromises and mitigating vulnerabilities.

Configuration Management

Planned, designed, deployed, and managed infrastructure-wide configuration management through both Puppet Enterprise and Puppet Community as well as writing numerous Puppet modules to provide enterprise-level configuration management services.

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Blackbriar is an open source Eve Online Corporation Management Tool under active development, designed to simplify Corporation and Alliance Management. Blackbriar is written in PHP, and utilizes the CCP Eve Online CREST and XML APIs and secure, best practice PHP coding.


Malscan is a robust and fully featured scanning platform for Linux servers that greatly simplifies keeping your web servers secure and malware-free. Malscan is written in 100% bash and built upon the ClamAV platform, providing all of the features of Clamscan with a host of new features and detection modes.


Dash is an infrastructure management tool that allows Systems Administrators to see at-a-glance the status of the various systems and devices within their infrastructure.

Your Project!

Whether you need a fully custom website, custom Linux programs/scripts, Configuration Management, or an entirely new infrastructure planned, deployed, configured, and managed, you can't go wrong!


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All About Josh Grancell

Josh Grancell is currently a Linux & DevOps Engineer and Email Administrator working for Campbell Marketing and Communications. He has been working for Campbell since January 2015, first on a contract basis and now full time

During his tenure at Campbell, Josh has been responsible for completely re-architecting the entire Linux infrastructure to increase performance, decrease cost, and improve fault-tolerance and high availability. Josh has:

  • Converted aging web infrastructure from:
    • RHEL 6 to RHEL 7
    • Apache 2.2 to Apache 2.4
    • PHP 5.3 to PHP 5.6
    • MySQL 5.1 to MariaDB 5.5
  • Implemented Puppet Configuration Management to:
    • Reduce disaster recovery time from 48 hours to 4 hours
    • Decrease new server provision time from 5-7 days to 30 minutes
    • Unify system configuration across the entire infrastructure
    • Centralize configuration management within version control
  • Developing a top-down security system for Web Applications and production servers.
  • Implemented DKIM and DMARC authentication for all corporate email, reducing the amount of deliverable spam and phishing email masquerading as company email by over 99% without any service impact.

Prior to working at Campbell, Josh worked at A2 Hosting as a Linux Support Analyst for almost a year. During that time, he became the mentoring Level 1 analyist for all other L1s, and served as an escalation for technical and customer support issues they were unable to overcome. Josh focused primarily on in-depth technical and security issues, working closely with Level 2 and Systems Administration staff to correct server and web application problems. During this time, Josh investigated and secured thousands of compromised websites, and assisted hundreds of customers with building concrete security plans and policies to prevent future compromise.


  • Linux Systems Administrator - January 2015 to Present
  • Linux Support Analyst - March 2014 to January 2015


  • No Current Certifications

How To Get In Touch

Josh is not currently interested in interviewing with recruiters unless there is a specific open position either in the metro Detroit area or entirely remote and workable worldwide that they are recruiting for and that matches his experience. Ideal positions include Linux Systems Administration, Security Administration, DevOps/Developer, and Engineering positions.

Josh can be contacted at josh @ the domain this website is hosted on. Auto-generated or bulk recruitment emails will be both ignored and reported to the appropriate groups for blacklisting as unsolicited spam. And as you know, whenever a piece of spam mail is sent a small puppy somewhere cries. Think of the puppies!

Josh is happy to provide both his telephone number and resume upon request, but only once the pertinent information about a job opportunity has been provided in detail. Unsolicited telephone calls are a great way to make a poor name for yourself, and also make puppies cry.