January, 2007

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.


  • Need a GFX (cartoon) artist

    I'm looking for a GFX artist who can render a proof-of-concept cartoon strip for me. It'd be purely voluntary work, but the concept is way cool and it'd attract many a hit and we'd make sure your name is put up in Hollywood style bright lights ;-)...
  • Hollywood OS

    This is probably not funny at all, but I reproduce here in case in makes you chuckle. Hollywood OS, don't you love it Fly says I saw White Noise 2 Fly says was quite good Rob says oki Rob says i watched Pulse last night, holy batman what a corny...
  • Google videos

    Was having an MSN conversation last night with a friend, when he dropped in these two links: Richard Dawkins - The Virus of Faith If you're religious and not willing to accept any criticism or the mere mention of the word atheist turns you, then...
  • Alex's Pictures

    Here's some pictures a friend took and put up on the web. Some amazing shots here. http://www.alexeckford.com/photos/index3.htm #
  • A day with the Traffic Police

    A friend send me this article he wrote, wherein he spends a day with a UK Traffic Officer in the City of London. http://www.autotrader.co.uk/EDITORIAL/CARS/FEATURES/32637.html
  • SMS2003 ITMU gets some lovin

    The SMS2003 ITMU Tool has been revised (30th Jan) Systems Management Server 2003 Inventory Tool for Microsoft Updates Revision 3 Article ID : 931506 Last Review : January 30, 2007 Revision : 2.1 INTRODUCTION This article describes the Microsoft Systems...
  • My fav shot from Chamonix

    Mr Pryce, toe'ing towards me! He's coming directly towards the camera, sliding towards the left of the shot. It took nerves of steel to keep my Canon 350D on him, i think he almost touched my board as he came passed! His is not in the shot, but...
  • Intels new 45nm die production process

    These chips, they just get smaller and smaller! Bit-tech have a good review of the new 45nm technology process that Intel recently announced. And on a side-note, my brother Fred who works at Bit-tech, reviewed the Zalman HD135 HTPC Enclosure earlier...
  • Back from my holiday

    Just got back from the French Alps. Bit early in the season, and was a bit concerned that good old mother nature wasn't going to dump enough snow ... but in the end we found some cool red's in Le Tour and Le Houches. I'll put some pictures up on MyLifeOfTravel...
  • SMS2003 Service Pack 3 Open Beta

    SMS2003 SP3 Beta was opened to the public on the 17th of Jan. A tad late but here is the link for you to play with it in a dev environment.
  • Blocking Unwanted Parasites with a Hosts File (MVPS)

    I've been using the HOSTS file from MVPS for a couple of years now, and its helped block a lot of junk activity during my WWW travels. If you've not seen it before, check it out here
  • Microsoft Messaging and Mobility User Group in the UK

    Nathan Winters from The MMUG group is organising a meeting at the MS SOHO office in London on Monday 26th February. Covering two topics, Powershell and Server Security for Exchange. Link Might try to attend this one, as Richard Siddaway from...
  • SMS2003 and Publishing data to the Active Directory

    I wrote this article a while back. But Community Server doesn't have a true Article feature so I couldn't surface it easily. Anyways heres the link SMS2003 and Publishing data to the Active Directory I've read that some engineers have had a hard...
  • The Secret Life of Machines

    Found whole series (it seems) of The Secret Life of Machines Excerpt: Just how does a video recorder work? And how about fax machines, cars, washing machines, electric light, telephones, vacuum cleaners, and refrigerators? You'll find the answers...