You can Trust Marvin Huffaker with your Critical GroupWise Systems.
Marvin Huffaker is one the most experienced Micro Focus GroupWise experts in the world, providing independent consulting services to business customers globally. When it comes to GroupWise, there aren’t many people that have made a career supporting it almost exclusively. Marvin has been working with GroupWise for over 15 years, has been through extensive training, has lectured about GroupWise migration strategies, and has been heavily involved with the GroupWise Beta Team for many of the recent GroupWise releases. When you work with Marvin Huffaker, you’re working with one of the best in the industry!
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!
Now Providing GroupWise 18.1 Services and Support
Marvin is experienced and ready to help with your GroupWise 18.1 upgrade. Even though it’s only been out for a short time, Marvin has already performed multiple large scale customer production upgrades to GroupWise 18.1. Here are some projects Marvin can help you with:
- In-Place GroupWise 18.1 Upgrades
- Migrate and upgrade GroupWise 18.1 to a new SLES 15 server
- Upgrade the GroupWise server to SLES12 or OES 2018
- Upgrade and migrate Messenger 2.x/3.x to GroupWise 18.1 Messenger
- Upgrade to GroupWise 18.1 Mobility Services or migrate Mobility Services to SLES 15
- Migrate GroupWise from Linux to Windows (or vice versa)
- Physical to Virtual GroupWise Migrations on VMware or Hyper-V
- Upgrade Windows or Migrate GroupWise to new Windows 2012 R2 or Windows 2016 Server
- GroupWise 18.1 services, support, troubleshooting, optimization, security, and best practice standardization
GroupWise 18.1 is a high performance, state of the art Email Platform supporting the latest SUSE Linux, Novell OES, and Microsoft Windows Server Platforms.
Marvin Huffaker is one of the most qualified GroupWise consultants in the world, supporting GroupWise for customers every single day.
Micro Focus GroupWise is an enterprise level collaboration software used for corporate email, calendaring, personal information management, instant messaging, and mobile messaging. GroupWise 18.1 is the latest version, released in December 2018, and continues to innovate and add new functions and usability features while keeping its reputation as one of the most secure, stable, and high performance email platforms for corporate use.
Standalone or Full Directory Integration. GroupWise users and other objects can be managed independently or integrated with Microsoft Active Directory or Micro Focus eDirectory.
Web Based Administration. Simple web based administration with no dependency on any other management tools.
Stability. GroupWise is a stable, high performance email and collaboration system.
Scalable. Scalable to thousands of users with low administration and support overhead
Security. Reputation for being one of the most secure and reliable systems on the market.
Cross Platform. Cross platform architecture, giving you the choice of running GroupWise on a Linux or Windows back-end. Fully supports OES 2015, OES 2018, SLES 12, SLES 15, Windows Server 2012 R2, and Windows Server 2016.
Licensing. GroupWise has a Low cost of ownership and a simple licensing model
Multiple Clients. Features a rich Web based interface and a full Windows based client to fit your environment and needs.
Smart Phones. Full integration and support for iPhones, Android, tablets, and other mobile devices.
Multiple Calendars. Utilize Multiple Calendars for total control and customization.
Productivity. Better user productivity with shared calendaring, shared folders, advanced contact management, and distribution lists.
Instant Messaging. Provides integrated management of GroupWise Messenger for quick communication with peers.
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, Master CNE, and Certified Linux Engineer. Marvin Huffaker is also a Certified Sophos Architect and expert with Sophos security solutions. 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 UTM and XG Firewall.
- 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.
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.
I fell in love with Michigan around 1999 when I lived in Grand Rapids for a couple years early on in my career. I took the kids on a trip to Mackinac Island in the summer of 2018 and it was a blast. I make it a point to go there as often as possible.
I became a Rugged Maniac in the fall of 2008 and loved it. What a great time, and I’m planning on doing it again soon.
I own a Real Estate Investment company with my son Austin, and we buy houses and remodel them. We did a major renovation on a home in the Central Phoenix corridor during 2017/2018.
I sponsor multiple Relay for Life events throughout the year to support cancer research and to find a cure.