Robert Marshall's Blog


Home for my ConfigMgr and Industry related ramblings


Owner of SMSMarshall Ltd, active Enterprise Management MVP

    • Tue, Sep 30 2008

    Whats that box i'm holding?

    I thought i'd raffle something, not sure what it is yet, but hey i've got some goodies and not letting on what! So, first 5 people to ping me a private email with the answer win! You can email me by visiting this URL and then clicking on Send an Email Now, the question: In my profile picture, what box am I holding ? Visit here for my profile picture No generalisations please! Correct answers not only...
    • Thu, Sep 25 2008

    Russians smiling right back at ya via Google Maps

    Check this out , that's so cool. I love seeing social events being organised so that they can get a picture taken from satellites in orbit! (Brazen and Blatant lift from SlashDot) "Citizens of the Russian town Chelyabinsk calculated when the satellite, QuickBird, which takes images for Google Earth and Google Maps, would cross above their city and used people to make a giant smiley face . A rock concert...
    • Tue, Sep 23 2008

    Configuration Manager 2007 and DST\WOL issue

    Configuration Manager 2007 RTM\SP1 has a wee bit of an issue dealing with GMT dates that are offset by DST. Essentially if you are in a DST timezone then the DST offset is not factored correctly, resulting in Wake On Lan (WOL) packets arriving at the destination machines one hour earlier than intended\expected. There is a work-around, but it simply involves shifting the start time for the advertisement forwards one...
    • Fri, Sep 19 2008

    Event: UK Microsoft Messaging and Mobility user group meeting - 11th November 2008

    News of an up and coming UK based messaging and mobility event: November 2008 MMMUG Meeting: This event will be held in London at the MSFT offices in Cardinal Place near Victoria. This month we have a topical session led by Clive Watson, Brett Johnson and Julius Davies from Microsoft. We will be discussing the new support statements surround the issue of Virtualising your Exchange environment. Having...
    • Thu, Sep 18 2008

    Stanford: Free CS and Robotics courses

    Copy\Paste from the relevent Stanford page : Stanford University has launched a series of 10 free, online computer science (CS) and electrical engineering courses. The courses span an introduction to computer science and an introduction to artificial intelligence and robotics, among other topics. Go here to read the full posting More info on signing up here Always wanted to do something with Robotics, other...
    • Wed, Sep 17 2008

    Microsoft & Cray join at the technical hip to bring ... the CX1!

    Straight from the Windows Server dvision technet blog : Microsoft and Cray Team up to Bring High Performance Computing Mainstream For the first time in the two companies history, Microsoft and Cray have teamed up to offer a powerful mix of what each company does best - - the Cray CX1! What is the CX1, you ask? It’s a compact supercomputer running Windows HPC Server 2008 , that’s what. Wow, who...
    • Tue, Sep 16 2008

    Star Wars: The Force Unleashed - In shops now!

    Lifted straight off the Lucas Arts webby: LucasArts Unleashes a New Chapter in the Star Wars ® Saga With Star Wars ®: The Force Unleashed ™ SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - Sept. 16, 2008 - Thirty-one years ago, the first Star Wars movie galvanized audiences around the word, sparking a phenomenon that has spanned generations. With today’s release of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, one of the most highly...
    • Mon, Sep 15 2008

    Microsoft patent: State Migration Point explained

    Stumbled in to this somehow Automated state migration while deploying an operating system United States Patent 20070113226 Kind Code:A1 Migration of a user state from a source computing device to a destination computing device using a state migration point (SMP) is disclosed. The destination computing device may be the same as the source computing device...
    • Wed, Sep 10 2008

    Retro computing magazine scans Circa 80's

    Retrogeek found a mother-lode of magazines recently, and decided to scan them in and prop up on his blog for us all to see! Some of these scans pre-date my tinkerings with computers, some I just never saw, and others such as the Load Runner magazine and WH-Smiths brought back memories of a different era in computing! Look at this for an answering machine! Keep scanning and posting RetroGeek ... I love this...
    • Wed, Sep 10 2008

    Sequencing the ConfigMgr MMC Console

    I found this on a TechNet thread, thought might be handy for those of us that may want to sequence the ConfigMgr Console for deployment using App-V Sequencing Config Manager Admin Console (MMC)
    • Wed, Sep 10 2008

    CERN: Large Hadron Collider collided!

    CERN tripped the switch on the Large Hadron Collider this morning, and we're all still very much alive! No news on black holes, or aliens breaching the fabric of our universe and sending in an army with technology far more advanced than our own! Thank god for that! I tuned in to the radio especially to hear the event take place this morning. What a moment, as they released the protons and counted down from 5...
    • Wed, Sep 10 2008

    Hyper-V: Linux integration components

    Here's a snippet from Mike's blog on Linux Integration for Hyper-V: The final version of the Linux Integration Components for Hyper-V have been released! Driver support for synthetic devices: The Linux integration components include support for both the synthetic network controller and synthetic storage controller that have been developed specifically for Hyper-V. These components take advantage of the new...
    • Tue, Sep 9 2008

    Cern: The mini-Big Bang - 10th September 2008 Circa 9:30am CEST

    Oki, so maybe tomorrow the world won't end. Maybe all these scientists are right and these mini black holes and odd stuff will appear and vanish in a flurry of recorded activity. Maybe all the information gathered from the experiment will extend the boundaries of science further and help humanity to progress. Or, as the doomsayers say, maybe tomorrow the world will start to be consumed by a mini black hole. Switzerland...
    • Mon, Sep 8 2008

    How Apple could implement Copy\Paste using a touch screen

    Saw this over at BoingBoing , amazing that Apple developed this tech nigh on 15 years ago, but couldn't shoe-horn it in to the iPhone! The video is an example of the Apple Newton in action ... doing ... Copy ... Paste! And if that video doesn't work on here, then here's the source Whenever I need to move around a line of text on the iPhone I put my finger on the area of text i'm looking...
    • Mon, Sep 8 2008

    ConfigMgr : Using Task Sequences to deploy more than Operating Systems

    I thought i'd write up a quicky blog post on using the ConfigMgr Task Sequence to deploy Software Packages, and reveal select parts of the functionality available to you to accomplish the task. Open up your ConfigMgr console, navigate to the Operating System Deployment node and right click "Task Sequences" 1. Select “Create a new custom task sequence” 2. Give it a name 3. Don’t...
    • Fri, Sep 5 2008

    ConfigMgr 2007 Console

    I thought I’d check out the ConfigMgr 2007 Console MMC; see how it goes on, where its settings reside and whether I can bring anything new to the current knowledge base. Unfortunately, I don’t bring anything new to the table; instead I’m just consolidating knowledge in to one place. There seems to be two locations for the console, the registry and the file system The Registry Note: FX: is used...
    • Thu, Sep 4 2008

    Hyper-V and ESX conference - London Oct 14 - 16 (UK)

    Looks like a interesting conference to attend: - London's ExCel, 14th-16th October, 2008, the leading virtualization news and analysis site since 2003 today announced the launch of Virtualization Congress ( ),. The conference, to be held at London's ExCel, 14th-16th October, 2008, presents an ideal opportunity for current and prospective users of...