April, 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.


  • Roger Zanders "SMS Client Spy" - English Documentation released

    Great news! Roger Zander's SMS2003 Client tools utility called " SMS Client Spy " now has english documentation . Myself and Sherry Kissinger put some time in to translating, so as to help describe the tools powerful features, and clarify some of...
  • Technet Virtual Labs: SMS2003 and MOM2005

    Technet host Virtual Labs for SMS2003 , where you can get your hands dirty performing a variety of administrative tasks. Here's the Virtual Labs for MOM2005 as well. If you have the time, and need to know about any of the subjects covered by these...
  • SMS2003 Webcasts

    I thought I would put together a list of available Webcasts for SMS2003 and related components. This list is not comprehensive, just what was taken from the following page on the Technet website . Applying SMS Updates to an Advanced Client (Level 300...
  • Introducing Microsoft Tagspace

    I use del.icio.us quite a lot to make sites available across multiple systems, and to bookmark something I want to return to at a later date to finish up reading. It's quite a handy tool, and since I came across it i've hardly used my local favourites...
  • The Architecture Journal

    Qoute from the MSDN page ... The Architecture Journal The Architecture Journal is an independent platform for free thinkers and practitioners of IT architecture. New editions are issued quarterly with articles designed to offer perspective, share...
  • Troy Hurtubise - Full on body armour

    Holy Cow! I saw this guy making an anti-bear suit not more than a year or two ago, but now he's moved on to make a gobsmacking anti-almost-everything suit that is just so cool. It's loaded with so many gadgets you just have to laugh! A bit of background...
  • Microsoft Management Summit (UK) - 1st May 2007

    Microsoft UK will be hosting the Summary of the best bits of MMS 2007 on the 1st of May. I'll be there, as will be Cliff Hobbs of FAQSHOP fame. At the end of the day we will be hosting a chalk and talk in one of the conference rooms to discuss what...
  • Mark Russinovich - Inside the Windows Vista Kernel

    Any self-professed admin who's worth his salt knows who Mark Russinovich is, he joined forces with Microsoft in July 2006 , a union that can only help the community at large as he's closer to the code and inside the belly of the beast so to speak :>...