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Owner of SMSMarshall Ltd, active Enterprise Management MVP

    • Thu, Oct 26 2006

    Book review: One Child by Torey Hayden

    Today I was handed a book, by a dear lady friend who has done nothing but help grow my mind for the last year .. and since I started it this morning I just cannot put the thing down! Well, I had to put it down so I could work. But, gee how many books have you read that have you wishing you could take the day off to finish it? That's as rare as rocking horse **** It's called One Child by Torey Hayden. Amazons synopsis...
    • Wed, Oct 25 2006

    Random Linkage ...

    Few links that made me laugh, courtesy of one of my fav sites BoingBoing! Microwave a CD then put it on top of a Tesla coil, awesome effect! Wonder if Currys or Woolworths sell Tesla Coils?! Excellent article on how to lower your food intact and live a LOT longer! Just think, every time you shovel food in to your mouth your trimming your life expectancy! And extreme pimpage of a Honda Civic! Just to wrap...
    • Thu, Oct 19 2006

    Softgrid for SMS

    This has to be linked ... I can't wait to play with it. Microsoft SoftGrid SMS Connector which is a part of the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack for Software Assurance To be honest (attract flamage will I as Yoda would say), most of what MS releases nowdays doesn't get me that excited. Sure what their doing with SMS V4 (SCCM2007) and SCOM is good, and Vista has a lot of features (I like NAP and want to see it...
    • Wed, Oct 18 2006

    Application Virtualisation

    Eileen Brown (Technet fame) is punting an idea put forward by an MVP at a recent gathering. It's a killer use of their new acquirement, SoftTricity. Now that MS have acquired SoftTricity, applications deployments over the next few years are going to become very interesting. This got me as excited as when I first started playing with OS virtualisation (thanks VMWare for killer software!). I've always wanted to see...
    • Fri, Oct 13 2006

    Sherry Kissengers blog

    Definately worth a mention ... Sherry Kissengers blog at MyITForum. Lots of helpful code snippets and ways to do things. Worthy of entering anyones browser favourites or consumed via RSS via you're RSS reader.
    • Fri, Oct 13 2006

    Bad day at werk

    Was just trawling through Don Hites blog (to take a ganders at the new SMS Console tools 1.3 release , awesome work Don and MyITForum peeps!) and I came across this total gem Having a bad day at work? Check this out ...
    • Tue, Oct 10 2006

    Latest SMS2003 Books

    Looks like a couple of SMS2003 related books have been released. If i've missed any ping me an email so i can update this entry. Here's some info on them, ISBN and Amazon link for perusal Start to Finish Guide to Distributing Software with Systems Management Server 2003 by Dana Daugherty ISBN: 1932577238 SMS 2003 Administrator's Reference: Systems Management Server 2003 by Ron Crumbaker ISBN: 0471749508...
    • Tue, Oct 3 2006

    Samsung K5 MP3 Player

    I lost my Creative Zen 40GB Touch while on holiday ... and been using my PSP to play music but it's not exactly that portable. So, been keeping an eye out for a decent MP3 and to be honest I don't rate the IPoD generation AT ALL and want something a bit different that doesn't lock you in to a DRM'd service provider such as iTunez. And then I saw the Samsung K5 ... looks like MP3 heaven You can check it out on the...
    • Mon, Oct 2 2006

    Streaming music off the net

    When I want to stream some tunes off the net I use Shoutcast and SomaFM as they have a wide selection of music genres to choose from. Check it out. I'm sure there are a zillion other sites out there but I find this one so easy to use and the you can choose from different bit rates for the stream. Cool Oh, you'll need Winamp to support the streams but that's just as easy to get\install\use. When installing make sure...
    • Mon, Oct 2 2006

    WMI Diagnosis Tool

    I find that that when installing the SMS Adv Client I sometimes bang my head against WMI related issues, usually on the WinXP platform. The MSDN WMI blog have a good posting from this year regarding the WMI Diagnosis Tool which may be of interest: Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) Team Blog They don't seem to blog much at all really, but the tool could be handy ...
    • Mon, Oct 2 2006

    List of technical resources for Systems Management Server 2003

    Good KB article from MS full of usefull SMS2003 goodies:;en-us;828368