February, 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.

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  • Does it blend?

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    In my iPhone not-a-review-but-kind-of-like-one , I said I'd blend my iPhone if Apple divorce the Generation 1 model from future firmware releases (due to Generation 2 iPhones about to come to market) ... well here's a list of things that Tom Dickson...
  • 10 Virtual tools you should (have at least heard of) know

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    Baseline Mag has put up an interesting top 10 list of VM tools , that, for a virtual engineer you should know about. It's always a good idea to know the competing products and some of the third party add-ons\tools that are out there. Some of...
  • Microsoft must pay $1.4bn to EU

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    Oh man! What a day for Microsoft!!! The European Commission has fined US computer giant Microsoft for defying sanctions imposed on it for anti-competitive behaviour 1.4 Billion! try saying that with a finger in your mouth in true Dr Evil (Austin...
  • Almost an iPhone review ...

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    A couple of weeks back my cell phones contract was coming to an end, and I had a choice between getting a new handset and extending the contract, or going all out and buying the (£320+) iPhone with a new 18 month contract, while retaining my mobile number...
  • Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (KB937287) issues

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    Seems Vista SP1 is causing a few headaches , so Microsoft have suspended it's download until they can iron out the issues and get it stable. It's suppose to only be a small percentage of users impacted, so a lot of us wouldn't have become...
  • What are the 14 greatest engineering challenges for the 21st century?

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    Interesting article on the 14 greatest engineering challenges of the 21st Century Wonder how many of these will be put on the back-burner for the 22nd Century Secure Cyberspace sounds ominious ... Bring on that Virtual Reality! Talking of which...
  • Holiday all over ...

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    Well, pretty much back in to my routine with the Maldives (Meedhupparu) becoming more and more of a distant memory ... Such an amazing holiday. No internet for 7 whole days, no newspapers or TV. Just dedicated to chilling out, diving, eating, suntanning...
  • SMS2003: Script to change SDK Site Control File Delta on remote SMS Site server

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    Folks, Wrote another little VBScript , this one to change the SDK Site Control File delta value on a remote SMS Site server. This script affects the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\SMS\COMPONENTS\SMS_SITE_CONTROL_MANAGER\Sites section of the...