August, 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.


  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Configuration Manager - List of log files

    ... More a reference for me really, List of Log Files in Configuration Manager 2007
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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,
  • 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!