September, 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.


  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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)
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ( http://www.virtualizationcongress...