28+ Years experience within the IT industry starting as a user and then crossing into IT Support back in 1988 when I installed my first Novell Network in Birmingham. Since then I have switched to Windows Servers and have worked my way through all versions of Windows from 3.0 to Windows 8 and Windows Servers from 5.5 to 2012 as well as Exchange 2003 to Exchange 2013.
The company that I co-own (IT Eye Ltd) was recently chosen by Microsoft as a "Managed Partner" - one of 192 Managed Partners in the UK (out of some 37,000 partners), as a result of the expertise shown in the Office 365 environment. If you are looking at migrating to Office 365 and need an experienced Microsoft Partner to guide you through the process, please drop me an email or use the Message button above.
Extensively self-taught and also obtained Certified Netware Engineer qualification on IntraNetware (4.11) in 1996.
Went from employee to self-employed contractor for approximately 5 years then Director of own support company which was started from scratch and grew, year on year for 6+ years. Now running my own support company in partnership with Mark Sitwell who has a very similar background to myself. Our existing company has been going since early 2008 and continues to grow year on year.
Now performing SBS 2003 to SBS 2011 migrations (on site and remotely) across the world, as well as Exchange 2003 / 2007 to Exchange 2010/2013 migrations (just completed one in Kansas with ZERO downtime).
Recently installed Exchange 2013 in Italy, remotely, (in Italian), which made life quite interesting what with me not speaking / understanding Italian!
Familiar with Microsoft Hyper-V technologies and running SBS 2011 / Exchange 2010 and other flavours of Windows under Hyper-V.
Specialties: Extensive knowledge of Windows Based Server Software including Windows Server 2000, 2003, 2008 and 2012 and Microsoft Exchange 5.5, 2000, 2003, 2007, 2010 and 2013 (including SBS 2003 / SBS 2008 / SBS 2011) as well as Remote Desktop Services (previously known as Terminal Services).
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