March, 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.


  • SMS2003 Third-party tool: SMS2003 Client Spy

    Roger Zandes SMS Client Spy tool , troubleshoot and manage SMS 2003 advanced clients (force inventory, show execution history, show running executions ..) I had a look at this, and it has to be just about the most comprehensive client tool around....
  • Proof that Soft and Hard Piracy are not related?

    I found this on BoingBoing, a VERY good insight in to P2P and audio\video piracy. P2P is killing piracy A media pirate -- someone who sells pirated DVDs and CDs for a living -- complains that P2P has put him out of business. People might be willing...
  • SMS2003 Poll - How do you locate your next contract?

    I put a Poll up in the SMS2003 Forum about how you go looking for your next contract . I wanted to use the Poll feature of Community Server, but it will be insightful to see how you all vote on this one
  • SMS2003 - Whats fixed in SP2

    If you've not upgraded to SMS2003 SP2 yet then this is an interesting read on the issues fixed by SP2
  • Thomas Scott Kuebler - Sculptors

    These are the most amazing, life like, scary and interesting sculptors i've ever laid eyes on. Kudos to Tom .
  • The London Underground History

    I stumbled on to a google video about Ghosts on the London Underground system earlier today. It piqued my interest so i googled for any amateur sites carrying info on the London Underground, and came across this site run by Hywel Williams . There are...
  • Microsoft offering VHD files for product evaluation

    You can down a VHD and play with it in their virtualisation software Currently only these products seem to be available: Windows Server 2003 R2 Exchange Server 2007 SQL Server 2005