May, 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.


  • SSD Drives - 800M bytes/second sustained throughput

    Have you every heard a hard drive die? Click, Clunk … soon those days will be just mere memories! those clever boffins out there have begun turning out Solid State (hard) Drives (SDD) that can operate at far faster speed, and in more harsh environments...
  • More SMS2003 SP3 Content!

    Christopher Stauffer has compiled more info on SP3 in to a document, see here . Good work Chris,
  • Are You Left handed?

    Brilliant article on Wikipedia about left-handed peeps. Really brings it home how left-handed people where persecuted by the right-handed throughout our documented history, and how (yes you guessed it, i’m a lefty!) we fit in to todays age. The article...
  • Classic Computing

    Doug Engelbart demonstrating stuff that we now take for granted … On December 9, 1968, Douglas C. Engelbart and the group of 17 researchers working with him in the Augmentation Research Center at Stanford Research Institute in Menlo Park, CA...
  • SMS2003 Service Pack 3

    Thought i’d throw together an overview of SP3. It’s what i’ve found since playing with it, and certainly isn’t meant to detail every aspect of the Service Pack or go in to detail on how to use the new reports that comprise Asset Intelligence. I hear...
  • IT Idiots

    Was talking to Nicky Curtis about a short term contract, whether the work could be done in a handful of days or not, when the conversation shifted towards “community”. And what a suprise, he’s been running a website called IT Idiots that provides free...
  • Bored? Fancy a java game?

    OMG there are loads of games to play with here, check 'em out
  • SMS2003 Service Pack 3

    I am in the middle of writing a review of SMS2003 SP3 for a company who wants to see what business impact and benefits they get from deploying it immediately. Well I found something funny in the documentation ... If you download SMS2003 SP3 and check...
  • MMS UK - WMUG Meeting

    First of all a BIG thank you to all those that attended our post-MMS-UK-conference WMUG meeting! This was effectively our first meet with like-minded, and interested people. And it was a real pleasure speaking to you, gathering your thoughts and advice...