July, 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.


  • Microsoft Technet Magazine - August 2007 published on web

    Microsoft Technet Magazine - August 2007 published on web You can have a read online before the paper copies are sent out: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/technetmag/issues/2007/08/
  • Book review: SMS 2003 Recipes

    SMS 2003 Recipes by Greg Ramsey and Warren Byle As always, a long way behind the rest of pack on this one. The books been out for several months but I just picked it up, and thought i'd write up a quick review here. Each chapter is neatly devoted...
  • System Center Configuration Manager (aka SMS V4) is now Release Candidate

    The Microsoft SMS homepage is touting the RC for SMS V4 (build 5831) System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Release Candidate Now Available Release Candidate (RC) 1 of the next release of Systems Management Server (SMS), entitled System Center...
  • Games influencing Hardware upgrades

    I bought Lost Planet: Extreme Condition via Steam on the weekend. The game is 3rd person, which goes against my jump-jump-strafe-shoot-die-respawn 1st person philosophy, but heck the game just looks awesome and I did have a go of the demo on the Xbox...
  • Crazy dialog!

    This dialog from an Oracle application is just insane!!!!
  • Looking for true randomness?

    My pursuit of purely random subjects has reached it's climax ... Those clever boffins out there have managed to produce a 'true' random number generator that relies on " the unpredictable quantum process of photon emission " Oh, and registering with...
  • DDD5 at Microsoft TVP - Podcast

    The Post-DDD5* podcast has hit the streets: http://www.nxtgenug.net/Podcasts.aspx?PodcastID=36 Interviews with Phil, John, Andy and some of the delegates that attended the event. Lots of info out there for DDD5, http://technorati.com/tag...
  • Mapping you're SMS2003 Environment

    Found this handy article in the July 2007 edition of Technet Magazine, describing an excellent Hierarchy mapping tool written up by Jeff Tondt. Qoute: A picture is worth a thousand words. This familiar proverb refers to the idea that complex...
  • SMS2003 Service Pack 1/2/3 - Hotfixes

    I was trawling for all the SMS2003 Hotfixes that have been released, pulled the info together and thought it'd be handy to paste as a Blogicle. Yes, i've made up yet another word! Collapsing Blog and Article in to a perfectly formed combination of...