October, 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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Activity
  • Halloween Rob!

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    I'm a halloween baby, and today I celebrate my 21st birthday (again!)! Got loads of presents, but the most special one was from my girlfriend, a lovely dinner last night, tickets to see Quantum of Solace tomorrow (gotta love James Bond!) and Happy...
  • Talking of Open-ID ...

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    I stumbled in to this article earlier . We're all use to hearing how bad Microsoft is, with their Embrace & Extend world domination plans, but for a change Microsoft have just embraced something this time and not turned it in to a Microsoft only...
  • Microsoft Security Advisory 958963: MS08-067

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    A lot of SMS Admins I speak too are telling me they are flat out getting MS08-067 rolled in to their environments. Great work guys, most are very responsive and understand the importance of getting it bedded in. Rolling this puppy out is definately...
  • Finally got my hands on an ...

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    Sometimes you're reminded just how quickly time flows past. Today, I signed on the dotted line for an Alfa 159, 1.9 Lusso (not the 2.2 guzzler) Diesel. Very similiar to the one I blogged about over one year ago , but never got around to getting...
  • Windows Live now supporting Open-ID

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    Windows Live will soon be supporting the Open-ID authentication standard. that's great news, as soon I can access Windows Live and WMUG using a single ID! I can associate a site with my Open-ID, login to my chosen Open-ID provider (lots to choose...
  • ConfigMgr: SUP\WSUS communications failure

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    Came across an SMS Admin today with an interesting problem. He has WSUS\SUP + all the other gubbings all on the one box, nothing really out of the norm and yet he gets Status Message ID 6701 followed by 6703 exactly 5 minutes later (the timeout value...
  • WMUG (UK) Event: October 31st - TVP\Reading

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    WMUG, the UK Systems Center User Group is happy to announce that Wally Mead will be attending the next event, which is taking place on the 31st of October 2008, at the Microsoft TVP Campus in Building 3, Chicago. Here's a snippet from the WMUG...
  • What's that box i'm holding? - The Answer!

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    Well, only one person came back with the correct answer to what i'm holding in my profile picture ... Steve Thompson who guessed it was an SMS 1.0 retail box! I was tempted to tear the plastic seal on the box and load it on to WinNT, but, the realisation...