About

I’m a 50 year old Irishman (born 24th of November 1966 in Dublin) living in Sweden with my beautiful Swedish partner, the mother to our three wonderful sons, Christopher, Sebastian and Benjamin. They are aged 18, 13 and 11 years old and they amaze me everyday with their never quenching thirst for computer knowledge.

I have no doubt that they’ll be playing their part in the next generation of computer geeks and I’m very proud of my beautiful kids, they are my inner strength and they are the future !

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I’ve been living in Sweden since 1998 and remarkably have not managed to master the language yet, I doubt I ever will at this stage. I can listen to it on radio and follow what they are saying but when it comes to speaking it, I sound like an invandrare. I guess some people are good with Languages and I’m not one of those people.

In case you were wondering about the C. in Niall C. Brady I’ll explain. No, it’s not for ConfigMgr (although you’d be forgiven for thinking it was !) it stands for Christopher, one of my middle names (the other is Andrew).  I got that name from my mother as her fathers name was Christopher and he passed away shortly before I was born. I started using a C. in my online presence when I realised that there were many Niall Bradys to be found on the internet working in everything from Car sales to Doctors to Film Makers. I needed to stand out so I started to use my middle-C initial. Now you know 🙂

I have 3 sisters  (living in Australia) and one brother (living in Limerick in Ireland). My mum also lives in Ireland, in the north west in a beautiful place called Sligo. I try to get back to Ireland at least once per year but it’s usually a flying visit and I tend to spend the entire time down in Sligo.

I work for Tetra Pak AB in Sweden as a Lead IT Analyst in Lund, Skane (South of Sweden). I spend a lot of my  time working with ConfigMgr, pushing it to find out different ways of doing things and always trying to share anything interesting I see.

I was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1966 and my parents moved from Ireland to Africa in 1969 or so and started a new life there in Kitwe, Zambia. My earliest memories as a child were growing up in Kitwe, the sun, the life that evolved around that (swimming every day). I loved it there, the beauty of the countryside, the wildlife, the smell of the air, everything.

But childhood isn’t forever and we moved to Ireland again in 1976/1977.

It rained a lot.

I was first introduced to ‘computers’ while still living in Africa, I still recall seeing these quite large pieces of paper with holes knocked through them in strange patterns, the punched cards were part of some computer system (which I never saw, I only saw the used cards) which was used by the school I was in. I guess the cards must have made an impression, because I was hooked on anything computer related for years to come, I first dabbled with computers in the early 1980’s when I got my very own 1k ZX81.

I moved on to bigger and better things with an Amstrad CPC 6128 and it was that computer that started my quest for understanding how things worked, I taught myself how to program in Z80 machine code using assembly language which involved compiling code into machine code instructions, the resulting instructions (bits and bytes) were much faster than the BASIC programs of the day. Not only did I learn how to program, but I also delved into editing games to make them easier and more fun. See niallbrady.com/amstrad

The computer industry never lies still and before I knew it I had my first real PC, an old Amstrad 386 (PC4386SX (20 MHz 80386SX CPU, 4 MB RAM)), I used that to play games, learn about Windows 3.1 and make music using a DOS based utility called ScreamTracker. My next computer was a Dell 486ME which brought me into the modern age of computers. I’ve worked with every version of Windows since 3.

I’m currently very interested in everything related to deploying client and server operating systems using Configuration Manager 2012 and Configuration Manager 2007, why ? because the product is complex yet very powerful. You’ll find plenty of content here aimed at helping you Deploy OS’s successfully with both ConfigMgr 2007 and Configuration Manager 2012.

 

I’ve been awarded the title of Microsoft MVP – Enterprise Client Management (Configuration Manager) 7 times in a row, in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and most recently, October 1st, 2016.

What an honor !

Oh and did I mention I wrote a book ? 🙂

6 Responses to About

  1. mkhan says:

    Sorry, don’t know how to get your help. I need your help to configure SCCM 2012 in my small production network. Would you please give your expert opinion on this http://www.windows-noob.com/forums/index.php?/topic/7177-sccm-2012-boundaries-configuration-questions

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  2. gbhsupport says:

    Agree with above ;

    Sorry, don’t know how to get your help. I need your help to configure SCCM 2012 in my small production network – 1 parent with 3 forest (childs). Would be willing to $ for consultation or setup fees for sccm 2012. Setup is the problem even following your blog; Can manage ourselves but need setup. Can we talk about this please ?

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  3. rj07thomas says:

    Hi Niall,

    Just to say thank you for being a life-saver! I’ve just been asked to… “investigate” SC (primarily CM) to replace and add on to our existing asset management suite. Your blogs have been WAY more helpful than the rather dry technical content available from Microsoft, and have enabled me to “knock up” a quick demo site of CM sitting in our live AD domain (not ideal but I haven’t extended the schema yet or anything). The screen shots were brilliant- I could skip the bits I thoguth maybe weren’t that important (such as creating well structured collections) and just get on with deploying relevant bits of software & distributing images.

    Anyway, there’s no way I could have got up and running as quickly without your how-to guides so many, many thanks again.

    Rhidian

    P.S. Incidentally, I was surprised to see your PXE-E53 entry on your front page today as I was suffering exactly this error. Unfortunately it turned out to be a faulty Hyper-V test client, which I only realised after completely dismantling and re-installing my test CM server… c’est la vie.

  4. fab says:

    Hi Niall,
    thanks for all your informations about sccm 2012.
    I use SCCM 2012 and endpoint, i try to find how to generate alert when endpoint is not update.
    Do you have an idea !
    Fab

  5. otoko6 says:

    Hey, sent you a pm in windows-noob forums.

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