I'm Robert Marshall, director and senior 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 using computers for over 30 years, beginning as a programmer and now a senior consultant in an enterprise product. I only count 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 constant refinement of the GUI, the rise of the Internet from land-line based modem access to the powerful broadband connections we have today, mobile phones come into existence, and I've seen Microsoft evolve from 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. You could call me an IT Dinosaur but I'm still as mentally able as I was back then, perhaps even more adept now since I've had broad exposure to so much and seen trends come and go. I'm a keen technical puzzle solver, which sets me apart as I love to solve gnarly problems around my area of specialism.
I like to share, i do so by blogging here, and helping out when I can as a moderator and answering questions when I have time on the TechNet Social forums for ConfigMgr 2012 and ConfigMgr 2007. I am a guest poster on TechNet UK Flash magazine and an MVP since 2009 (Most Valuable Professional) in the ECM (Enterprise Client Management) exclusively dedicated to ConfigMgr. the MVP status helps me to help others in more depth due to the closeness to the product group and access to other MVP's the program affords me.
The blogs pretty much about ConfigMgr, but on the odd occasion I also use it as a platform to express my random urges to post something I've stumbled across, be it technical or non-technical, and which I imagine would entertain you or what not as equally as it did me.
As you probably already know, ConfigMgr 2011 (v.Next) uses SQL Replication to pass data between sites ...
I've been troubleshooting SQL 2008 Replication, and found a few interesting links that might help grow out your skills in this area if you're not already above novice-level :-)
Here is SQL Server Replication exposed on MSDN in all its glory: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms151198.aspx
Here are a collection of links on troubleshooting from MSDN:
Alexander Chigrik has a write up on SQL Replication troubleshooting ... http://www.databasejournal.com/sqletc/article.php/1468971/Troubleshooting-Replication-Problems.htm - Not sure how appropriate this to the way ConfigMgr expects SQL replication to be configured so be careful what you change, and only use this guide by Alexander to identify existing faults rather than using it to define a standard group of settings for SQL (read the article, you'll understand)