November, 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.


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    Guy and cow at it with kung fu moves! First IT Guy A test of wikipedia link [wikipedia:London] for London
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    Ok finally figured out the solution to a problem with installing MP's that's been bugging me the last couple of days. Essentially It revolves around the SMS2003 Advanced Client not behaving itself. I've got a couple of SMS2003 RTM sites...
  • System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Product Feature Quizzes

    Steven Bink just blogged about this, thought it is worth reposting here: System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Product Feature Quizzes Overview The System Center Configuration Manager 2007 User Assistance team has created a set of quizzes...
  • Microsoft setting forward on a project to back up your BRAIN!

    There is a MyLifeBits Project on the Microsoft Research website thats very very interesting! They haven't developed a brain-interface yet, but once the Microsoft Surface project is fully out the door expect Bord-type implants to be included in...
  • Interview: The MS System Center Product Teams

    Members! We have a great opportunity to put together questions for the Microsoft System Center Product Teams, that will form the basis of a series of Interviews over the coming months. It would be great to get some questions put together that come...
  • Windows 7 wish-list leaked from MS?

    A link to an article provided by Triston McIntyre outlines some of the features users have been requesting The full list is featured at NeoWin here : though the list is quite extensive and references both features users would like to see in the...
  • The Sea of Change - The great Purge

    Heads up people! We're about to start deleting all BOT created user accounts that where registered here on the WMUG site over the last year and a bit. If we happen to delete any accounts that are used by active members, then we apologise in...
  • System Center Config Manager R2 - Summer 2008

    Heads up from on SCCM2007 R2 System Center Config Manager R2, next year: New features include Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5 integration, and OS deploy multicast support.
  • Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster

    Sheer Genius! Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster Show your belief by eating pasta, changing your wallpaper to FSM and call yourself a true Pastafarian !
  • Remove User\Group from Local Group on a machine and add a domain User or Group

    Wrote another script, this one will look for a user\group in a specified local group on a machine, remove it, then insert a User or Group. Handy if you want to remove GroupX and replace it with GroupY, or remove a user and replace with a group, works...
  • More left-handedness

    • 0 Comments Left-handed people can think quicker when carrying out tasks such as playing computer games or playing sport, say Australian researchers. No wonder i'm great at on-line twitch games!