Now Providing GroupWise 18 Services and Support
GroupWise 18 is now available, and Marvin is fully prepared and ready to help with your upgrade or migration project.
GroupWise Messenger is now managed via the GroupWise 18 administration web page. ConsoleOne has been completely eliminated.
The GroupWise address book has been redeveloped and the legacy Microsoft “MAPI” component has been eliminated, allowing better GroupWise Client stability and feature enhancements.
The GroupWise Client features a new and improved mailbox and folder display control, improved and simplified panels, a fresh and improved color scheme, improved conversation threading, and improved Microfocus FILR integration.
GroupWise WebAcess integrates with Gwava 6.5 for antivirus control.
You can Trust Marvin Huffaker with your Critical GroupWise Systems.
Marvin Huffaker is one the most experienced Microfocus (Formerly Novell) GroupWise experts providing independent consulting services to business customers around the world. Marvin works with all types of businesses: Government Agencies, Municipalities, Schools, Law Firms, Real Estate, Insurance Agencies, Manufacturing Companies, Banks and Credit Unions, and More!
A Different Approach to Service!
Meet Marvin Huffaker
Marvin Huffaker is a respected GroupWise expert with over 20 years of relevant industry experience with advanced level networking, email, and security implementations. His expertise and focus over his career have been with Novell Solutions including NetWare, GroupWise, Open Enterprise Server and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. He holds numerous Novell certifications including CNE and Master CNE. Marvin Huffaker is also a Certified Sophos Architect and expert with Sophos security solutions. He has been working with the Sophos UTM product line since 2005 when it was called the Astaro Security Gateway (ASG). Marvin is proficient with VMWare virtualization, and he has helped architecture virtual solutions for numerous customers. He generally gets along well with others but prefers to work independently.
- A respected and leading Novell GroupWise industry expert.
- Expert at Novell GroupWise and Open Enterprise Server.
Novell CNE and Master CNE for nearly 20 years.
- Experienced VMware vSphere (ESXi) professional.
- Sophos Certified Architect and expert with Sophos Unified Threat Management (UTM).
- Knows how to take ownership of an issue and deals with it so you don’t have to.
As much as possible, I build long term relationships with my customers and get to know them on a personal level. I’m including some personal notes about myself to provide a little background on my life, interests, and perspective.
I grew up in the small farm town of Menan, Idaho. As a kid I worked on farms, milked cows, irrigated fields, harvested potatoes and performed a variety of other farm chores. I got married in 1994 to Amy Izatt from Ririe, Idaho, and we soon had two kids, Austin and Jasmine. I earned my Novell CNE certification as well as a degree in Network Technology from a local college that had a Novell Certification program integrated into their curriculum. My early IT career took me around various parts of Idaho and then eventually to Grand Rapids, Michigan where I was mostly involved in large Novell server projects for some local banks and hospitals. However, after Y2K, the Michigan economy tanked, and the company I worked for shut down. I then took a position in Phoenix in 2001 as the National Novell Administrator for Worldcom Wireless.
We built our first house in Gilbert, Arizona. Just as we were getting settled in, Worldcom was thrown into bankruptcy due to one of the largest accounting scandals in US history (Worldcom Scandal). Out of another job, I started my own consulting practice and found immediate success. I quickly gained a base of loyal customers from all over the United States as well as a few international ones. A couple of my first customers are still with me today. I grew and expanded my business to where I had an office and several employees, and at one time had achieved the prestigious Novell Platinum Partner status.
At the end of 2011, tragedy struck as my wife Amy was diagnosed with Stage 3C Ovarian Cancer at the age of 37. She endured aggressive surgeries and chemotherapy for over three years, but passed away in March of 2015 at the age of 41. During this time, my company collapsed financially, as I had shifted my focus from the business to caring for Amy. I was forced to shut down my office, let all of my employees go, and move my operation into my home office. I operated in survival mode with my business scaled back to the absolute bare minimum. It was one of the most difficult and challenging things I have ever had to go through.
Since the passing of Amy, I have downsized quite a bit, my kids have moved out and started their own lives, and I have refocused my business efforts on what I do best. I continue to operate independently out of Phoenix, Arizona, and now have the flexibility to take on projects that I choose, and I can travel anywhere in the world that my expertise and on-site presence is required. My son Austin works in Real Estate, and my daughter Jasmine is attending college on a full tuition scholarship. I have a close relationship with my two kids and we find ourselves on lots of adventures together.
I serve on the Board of Directors for the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Arizona. Since the death of my wife Amy to this horrible disease, I’ve made it my life’s mission to work with and help others affected by Ovarian Cancer. I’m an advocate for early detection, family history awareness, and knowledge of the BRCA genetic mutation that increases the risk of Ovarian Cancer. You can learn about symptoms on the Alliance website here: https://ocaz.org
I love outdoor festivals and live music. In Arizona we have quite a few outdoor festivals and concerts throughout the year, including the Scottsdale Taco Festival, numerous Octoberfests, the Chandler Ostrich Festival, and KUPD’s UFest. I attend as many as possible, and if there’s a mosh pit, I’ll be right in the middle of it. I generally leave with bruises all over and sometimes bloody and swollen lips.
I enjoy road trips, both on and off-highway. Quite often I find myself heading off in no particular direction and with no specific destination. It’s always an adventure and even though my kids are older, we still enjoy roadtrips together.
I like to find off-road trails, and I have a 4×4 truck as well as a Polaris RZR 1000 Side-by-Side UTV. We’ll take it out and make a weekend of off-road action. Arizona has some great trails. Some of them are crazy insane and not for the faint of heart. One of my favorite treks is a back road trail from Lake Pleasant to Crown King, AZ.
My favorite band growing up was Van Halen, and I love their former lead singer, the Red Rocker Sammy Hagar. I have several autographed Sammy Hagar items, including a licence plate from a BMW convertible that I used to own. The matching plate is autographed by Sammy and is hanging up in the Cabo Wabo in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.