old 2015 and new 2016

old 2015 and new 2016

Hi All,

I would like to start this post talking about last year, 2015.

2015 started great, with renewing my MVP award. as you can imagine, this is the 1st email I look for on the 1st day of the year, being part of this community is just something that I cannot explain in works, but if I had to choose one it would be: WOW.

2015 was a crazy year for me, in both professional and personal lives. I had been working as CTO/Principal Consultant (and I also was a non-executive directory) for a company called xinfra, but unfortunately, the owner/director decided to close the company down and, so I decided to take my take the risk and take my own business (RFL Systems) to the next level, instead of working of behalf of other companies. And I hope the RFL Systems brand will only grow this year, with more known experts joining us.

As you can imagine, the past few months have been crazy with lots of lessons learned.

I also finished writing my 2nd book about SCCM focused on automation with PowerShell (System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager: Automation from Zero to Hero) and published lots of powershell scripts and sccm console extensions on TheDesktopTeam.com website

on TheDesktopTeam.com website, we had a good 2015, great blog posts (in total of 41 posts) and had over 150k access, however, as we did not have a lot of time for the community, majority of the events we wanted to happen did not happen. We delivered 1 event in partnership with 1E and 2 Webcasts in partnership with Secunia, what we think could be improved, and we’re trying to change it.

2016 started similar to 2015, i’m waiting the e-mail from my about my MVP award and again, I got it. As many, i’m glad to be part of this great community and even more, after 7 years I still feel that I have a lot more to do and a lot more to learn.

the 2016 RFL Systems’ website will be release soon, marketing is doing the final work, some free tools are going to be available there (and maybe some are going to be back?!?!?), we’re updating our courses, writing others, and we have been busy writing a new tool that will be release soon. so I hope you’ll enjoy what we have been working on.

For the community, we are always looking ways to improve our community reach, new blog posts are going to be created and we’re actively looking for bloggers (interested, e-mail me) and We’ve been speaking and planning what would be our events for 2016 and we decided to have a small event (every couple of months), to happen after work, like a happy hour, where we can meet many people, chat about the problems and solutions in IT as well as Windows 10, Cloud, SCCM, Intune, etc…and we’re having been planning this for few months now.

so I hope you’re excited as we’re and we hope our 1st event will happen end of February/beginning of March, so stay tuned and if you have any feedback/queries, etc., mail me.

My email is raphael AT rflsystems DOT co DOT uk and i’m looking forward to meet you this year.


Raphael is a 9 times Microsoft MVP with over 20 years of experience in IT, in which 13 years have been dedicated to System Center and Automation. His extended experience has been developed through several IT roles, from first-line support to principal consultant, towards a wide range of clients and sectors. One of the four MVPs in Enterprise Client Management in the UK, Raphael holds more than 30 Microsoft certifications and is an MCT (Microsoft Certified Trainer). Since 2008, Raphael has been providing Microsoft trainings from basic to advanced levels in several categories. Throughout his career, Raphael has joined as speaker in well-known events such as TechEd and Gartner Security Risk Management. He also organised community events and lectured around the world, sharing best practices and knowledge within the industry. Bilingual in English and Portuguese, Raphael has authored diverse articles published in Microsoft's TechEd, served as the editor-in-chief of a magazine focused on System Center in Brazil and wrote two books: "Understanding System Center 2012 SP1 Configuration Manager: The walkthrough book" and "System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager: Automation from Zero to Hero".

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