October, 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.


  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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. http://myitforum.com/cs2/blogs/skissinger...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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: ...
  • List of technical resources for Systems Management Server 2003

    Good KB article from MS full of usefull SMS2003 goodies: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;828368