Robert Marshall's Blog


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Owner of SMSMarshall Ltd, active Enterprise Management MVP

    • Fri, Aug 29 2008

    ConfigMgr R2 - Released

    Cliff Hobbs blogged on this already, but I wanted to give a shout out to Carol Bailey and Co for doing a great job on getting R2 out the door. I did play with R2 in Beta\RC, and I do like the new features it brings in to the product. In all honesty i've not been an advocate of the R2 method of implementing new features, as it creates mutiple code streams for a product and just over-complicates things from a support...
    • Fri, Aug 29 2008

    More on: Garry Mckinnon

    Yesterday I wrote about Garry Mckinnon , and today I have to straight lift this from Slashdot.Org: "The BBC has published a very good profile of Gary McKinnon . It discusses his motives and methods as well as raising the question as to whether he is a malicious 'hacker' or whether he was simply obsessed with finding info about UFOs and should be praised for finding security faults in what should be extremely...
    • Thu, Aug 28 2008

    BBC News: Hacker loses extradition appeal

    This story really gets my goat . I really feel sorry for Gary McKinnon. He's 2 weeks away from extradition to the USA, where mostly likely he'll be charged under the super-duper terrorism laws for his Indiscretions. He really shouldn't be labelled as a Terrorist, and he shouldn't be extradited. Instead he should be tried here. That word Terrorist, it's so confusing nowdays (intentionally made confusing...
    • Thu, Aug 28 2008

    ConfigMgr 2007 RTM\SP1 - Component Status Summarizer acting like a dead duck?

    This issue won't impact many of you, and to induce the following behaviour you really need to go toggle some values most SMS Admins leave well alone. Hence why this one hasn't been spotted in the wild (there is a technet forum thread on this ...). Have you noticed in your environment that your Component Status Summarization data is not being replicated to the parent site? You prod it with the proverbial...
    • Thu, Aug 28 2008

    WMUG Exclusive - Irrefutable proof that moon landings where faked!!!

    Yes ... another great scoop for WMUG! After much trawling of the web, I finally stumbled in to a site that had all the answers, with photo comparisons and analysis proving that those moon landings where truely faked (and that aliens where involved!) Without much further ado, I link you to > here < No more BS NASA, we are on to you big time!
    • Tue, Aug 26 2008

    Configuration Manager - List of log files

    ... More a reference for me really, List of Log Files in Configuration Manager 2007
    • Fri, Aug 22 2008

    ConfigMgr SP1 installation causes BSOD

    Had an interesting problem yesterday, ConfigMgr RTM upgrade to SP1 two thirds of the way through induced a BSOD. Hard to troubleshoot, system reboots and all you're left with is a minidump (depending on your OS configuration for debugging) and a partially completed ConfigMgrSetup log file. ConfigMgrSetup log file indicates that the failure point took place around where the WinPE boot images are updated. You...
    • Fri, Aug 22 2008

    ConfigMgr client install failure - Errors 1708 & 1603 in

    Seen an interesting issue where the CCMSETUP parameters incorrectly specify MP as SMSMP, resulting in failure and exotic errors appearing in the CLIENT.MSI and CCMSETUP logs: Just need to fire up CLIENT.MSI in SMSTRACE, find Return value 3 and you'll possibly see the following: WARNING: The path passed for the TRK file is empty. SMSMP cannot be specified without SMSSITECODE @@ERR:25001 MSI (s) (1C!94) [10:10...
    • Tue, Aug 12 2008

    ConfigMgr 2007 and Windows Server 2008

    I've recently spent a fair bit of time working on ConfigMgr R2 residing upon Windows Server 2008. There are a few issues in there that you'll need to become aware of, but it's not that difficult to get underway. I was going to write up a good article on this one, but it seems I was literally only a few days ahead of some of the other posters out there, for example the Deployment Guys have a good posting...
    • Wed, Aug 6 2008

    ConfigMgr Visio stencils

    Rod Trent over at myITforum posted a link to a download that contains Visio stencils and an example diagram ... had to link this here, as it's VERY HANDY! Thanks Rod,
    • Mon, Aug 4 2008

    NxtGenUG Silverlight Manic Miner

    The NxtGen User group put together Manic Miner running on Silverlight! Check it out, classic retro graming at it's finest!