I'm Robert Marshall, director and principle consultant at SMSMarshall Ltd, who's specialism is in the Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager product and all of its dependent products, covering all aspects from Architecture, Implementation, Migration to Break-Fix.
I've been in front of computers for over 30 years now, with my roots in programming 8 bit computers, I've taken an often exciting journey which has led to becoming an expert in an enterprise product. I consider my career as starting 17 years ago, when I began my first serious role as a deployment engineer. I've seen 8 bit through to 64 bit, the rise and refinement of the interface we take for granted now, the rise of the Internet from land-line based modem access for the few, to the powerful broadband connections we have today for the masses, I saw mobile phones come into existence, and I've seen Microsoft evolve from more than a handful of employees to the company it is now, while pretty much tinkering with every OS they have released, as well as seeing an industry that has evolved around those humble beginnings to become what we have today. I'm a keen technical puzzle solver, I love to solve gnarly problems around my area of specialism. And, I love to share when I have time. I hope you enjoy the blog.
I passed the 70-401 - Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 exam yesterday (13th June 2008). Wasn't as easy as the SMS2003 exam I have to admit. But, I passed with a score high enough to make me buzz all day. I found some of the questions to be really challenging, a lot of NAP and Software Udpates questions, a spread of what I'm calling generic question (applicable to SMS2003 and SCCM). Overall, I'd advise any SMS2003 administrator to book this exam and go take it.
I've got to admit, SCCM has grown on me and now, like with Win95 to Win2000, Win2000 to WinXP, and now WinXP to Win Vista i've getting to like it (I only go as far back as Win 95 to maintain our sanity!). SCCM OSD has a massive WOW factor, i'm truely amazed at the power of Image deployment, very slick Microsoft. Software Updates still seems hugely complicated, with loads of steps required, and reports needed to figure out where you are, but it does go a lot further than ITMU. Overal, the product has had a good tweaking and repaint. Looking forward to finding clients that will actually use it this side of 2008! I also wonder how many people will run in Native mode? Most if not all of the people I speak to will only go for Mixed mode for now. (check out the WMUG Native v Mixed mode poll!) I'd tend to agree with a mixed mode implementation to start with, then grow in to Native mode.
Anyone upgrading from SMS2003 to SCCM2007 and implementing in Native mode is hardcore
Anyways, here's the preparation guide from Microsoft for exam 70-401 get studying!