March, 2006

About Robs Blog

I'm Robert Marshall, director and principle consultant at SMSMarshall Ltd, who's specialism is in the Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager product and all of its dependent products, covering all aspects from Architecture, Implementation, Migration to Break-Fix.

I've been in front of computers for over 30 years now, with my roots in programming 8 bit computers, I've taken an often exciting journey which has led to becoming an expert in an enterprise product. I consider my career as starting 17 years ago, when I began my first serious role as a deployment engineer. I've seen 8 bit through to 64 bit, the rise and refinement of the interface we take for granted now, the rise of the Internet from land-line based modem access for the few, to the powerful broadband connections we have today for the masses, I saw mobile phones come into existence, and I've seen Microsoft evolve from more than a handful of employees to the company it is now, while pretty much tinkering with every OS they have released, as well as seeing an industry that has evolved around those humble beginnings to become what we have today. I'm a keen technical puzzle solver, I love to solve gnarly problems around my area of specialism. And, I love to share when I have time. I hope you enjoy the blog.


  • List of all Microsoft Security Bulletins

    Chris from Microsoft CISSP passed me this link for searching bulletins, very handy: Microsoft Security Bulletins
  • 10 Best Security Live CD Distros (Pen-Test, Forensics & Recovery)

    Quality list of the top 10 (according to Darknet ) best security Live CD distros (boot from CD and do your thing)
  • Security tools from Microsoft

    Two handy tools from Microsoft that I stumbled in to earlier ... PortQry version 2.0 - Port Reporter tool -
  • System Compliance

    Had a overview of ECM today. Quite a stunning product, extensible, deep and feature rich. Microsoft recently released this, the Systems Management Server 2003 Desired Configuration Monitoring tool. Here's the link to download it
  • Microsoft System Center Home

    Useful link,
  • Quake3 - Multiple screens

    This just kills me. If I had the cash, wallspace i'd seriously think about installing this for my quake sessions ;-)
  • Up and Running!

    Well ... we now have the site up and are busy skinning\theme'ing in readiness for public consumption! Thanks to Gordon for chasing the tail and getting this ready.