August, 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.


  • Hackers @ Microsoft ... New blog

    Interesting new blog propped up by MSDN ... Think we're going to get bloggage from the Hack0rs that work for M1cr0s0ft ;-) Worth bookmarking and keeping an eye on this one.
  • System Center Configuration Manager 2007 (what a mouthful!) goes RTM!!!

    SCCM2007 is now RTM! Wow, cannot wait to start administrating this product in production. Happy days! Rather than redo what's out there, I might as well link straight back to Rod Trents posting that qoutes Bill Anderson
  • SMS2003: Elegent but Brutal solution to a rogue SMS Site server!

    Here's a scenario, which most of you will hopefully NEVER encounter! You're SMS environment is both centrally and locally managed. You have SMS Administrators at the top tier watering the hierarchy, making sure it's all green-lighted and healthy...
  • Vista Battery life - Cool app from Microsofts CodePlex

    I stumbled in to this on my travels. A tool that helps save battery power in Vista . Not tried this, will install it later tonight but thought i'd link it as a cool new tool.
  • Vista Squad next meeting on 6th September - Venue London

    Heads up!!! The Vista Squad are having their next meeting on the 6th of September, in London. They have Mike Taulty and Stephen Lamb presenting, so should be a really cool meeting!
  • SMS2003: Managing SMS Status Filter Rules

    Today I had to deal with Status Filter Rules on multiple SMS2003 Primary site servers that where being wiped and replaced by an OS Patch. The OS patch is being rolled out across the corporation, it shouldn't touch SMS but it does, every company has...
  • Using Outlook with connector to read Hotmail or Live mailbox

    Handy blog about using MS Outlook to get access to you're Windows Live\Hotmail inbox
  • Interview with street gang researcher

    Freakonomics interviewed Sudhir Venkatesh, a professor of sociology at Columbia University about his research into street gang life. He has a book coming out in 2008, called Gang Leader for a Day . Q: How do gang members see themselves as fitting in...
  • SMS2003: Published another VBscript to do mundane things

    I wrote a quick script to generate RDP session shortcuts to all my SMS Site servers. And i've uploaded it here for general consumption I tend to generate the RDP sessions once in a while, to cover any new\removed SMS Site servers, put them on a network...