January, 2008

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.


  • Holiday Time!

    First hot holiday of the year just around the corner! I'm almost packed, for a 7 day holiday to the Maldives. We fly this Sunday, with 12 a hour flight ahead of us. We leave late at night, so we should be able to get a good few hours of snoozing...
  • SnowSoftware - Snow License Manager for SMS

    Rod Trent over at MyITForum blogged about this , looks like quite a cool tool so wanted to reblog here. Snow License Manager automatically combines infrastructure information provided by Microsoft SMSĀ® with information such as software contracts...
  • UK Immobilise website - Safeguard Your Possessions With Immobilise

    This looks handy, has anyone registered and used this system? Immobilise is the home of the UK National Property Register and Recovery Service. It is trusted by over 17 million UK subscribers who have registered over 22 million items of property...
  • Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP) Documentation online

    Folks, Microsoft Technet are hosting a page loaded with Windows Vista SP1 documentation You've got deployment guides , Notable changes , bundled hotfixes and Release Notes to peruse at your leisure I've been running vista on a new Asus...
  • Rambo is Back!

    OMG Yes [WIKIPEDIA:Rambo] has come out of retirement and hits our screens Jan 2008! http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/1809833626/video/4686392/ Man, he still looks mean even though he's in to his 50's!
  • Leading surveillance societies in the EU and the World 2007

    Great read for the bored, or for anyone that feels paranoid and needs to know if they are in a country that watches its civilians like a hawk! The 2007 International Privacy Ranking On the Global map from the link above, the colour legend is ...
  • Microsoft Technet On the Road - London venue - Jan 15th 2008

    If you live in the London area, or can easily commute in; then might be worth making some time to attend the day-long Microsoft event taking place, to promote the System Center range of products * System Center: Manage your core infrastructure from...