We make order out of chaos…

We build solutions. No matter the size of your organization; whether enterprise, small business, or another IT services company – we architect, design, deploy, and support solutions that help your business.

No two companies are the same. As part of our process, we will learn what makes your company special; we will discover how we can provide you the best experience possible.

We are experts on Microsoft technologies, including:

  • Exchange deployments and Exchange migrations
  • Active Directory Domain Services deployments and use
  • PowerShell automation and scripting
  • Azure Automation, Azure PowerShell, and general Azure usage
  • Intune and associated technologies
  • System Center products, including Configuration Manager, Orchestrator, Operations Manager, and others
  • Windows Server
  • Active Directory Certificate Services
  • Course development and delivery for Microsoft technologies
  • …etc.

Smith Consulting is based out of Charlottesville, Virginia, USA. However, given the miracle of the Internet and remote connectivity technologies, as well as airlines, we support clients all over the planet. We can support you, as well!


Smith Consulting was formed in November of 2007.

Michael B. Smith, our Managing Partner, has been in Information Technologies for over 35 years. If you can name a position in an IT organization, Michael has done it: programmer, system programmer, database analyst, computer operator, operations manager, quality assurance, author, department manager, and Chief Information Officer.

Given our wide range of expertise, we have the capability to provide services at all levels in your organization. And to make you happy.


Smith Consulting
1092 Wintergreen Lane
Charlottesville, VA 22903

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