July, 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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    Article up on The Register about VMWare http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/07/23/vmware_q2_2008_earnings/ Cut through all the fancy figures, and diatribe and you get to what I think is the tucked away jewel in this story (for VMWare) ... ESXi (the...
  • Configuration Manager 2007 - Native Mode - IBCM support

    Guys, Looking to share knowledge with anyone that has implemented IBCM for Configuration Manager 2007. Get in touch if you want to bounce ideas around and learn from each other (yes you guessed, initially i'm looking for someone that has been through...
  • Looking for a UK based ConfigMgr admin

    Isn't it funny, as that saying goes, you wait around for a bus and three come along at once. Well I've not been waiting for a bus, instead I've been waiting around for some exceptional ConfigMgr projects to get stuck in too. I'm taken...
  • WMUG Event on the 15th of July 2008

    I just cannot believe it was only last Tuesday that we had the WMUG meeting take place. The days since just seem to have slide by, with hardly a chance to come up for air and jump on to the WMUG site. A big thank you to all that attended. A good time...