Robert Marshall's Blog


Home for my ConfigMgr and Industry related ramblings


Owner of SMSMarshall Ltd, active Enterprise Management MVP

    • Fri, Jan 30 2009

    UK Proposes Broadband Expansion, Plus a Music and Film Tax on Friday January 30, @03:11AM

    Just have to repost from Slashdot as they sum this up perfectly. "First the tech illiterates in the UK government want to extend broadband internet connections to every home, whether it makes sense or not, then at the same time they propose a £20 per year (approx $29US) broadband tax which they claim will pay the record and film industries for their failed business models. Coincidence the two proposals are...
    • Wed, Jan 21 2009

    Extreme Ironing record changes hands!

    Had to laugh when I saw this pop up in the news . 128 (a symbolic computing number!) divers did some extreme underwater ironing at around 15-20meters, to snatch the world record from the australians! What a sport, lol, insane but so funny seeing them doing it!
    • Wed, Jan 21 2009

    WMUG Event: 31st October 2008 - Presentation Media now available

    We managed to get the Video and Slide-decks from the 31st of October 2008 event on to the WMUG website. The event was presented by none other than Wally Mead, on the subjects of Configuration Manager 2007 Site and Client deployment, and included an overview of Service Pack 1 and Release 2. The quality of the videos i'm afraid, is pretty awful. Not because Wally was off-key and told loads of bad jokes, well ok there...
    • Mon, Jan 19 2009

    MS08-067 worm spreading like wildfire due to?

    From the BBC News website : "Microsoft did a good job of updating people's home computers, but the virus continues to infect business who have ignored the patch update." Am struggling to understand why businesses are holding out? Oh my, why?! Worm\Virus = down time = loss of profit ... sigh. If you haven't patched yet, then you should find this URL ( MS08-067 bulletin ) very handy. Visit it...
    • Sun, Jan 18 2009

    4 weeks and McKinnon will know if he's being taken to the USA for Cyber-terrorism charges

    Garry Mckinnon, who I've blogged about here and here , has to sit tight for 4 more weeks before knowing if he's going to be extradited to the USA for Cyber-Crimes. Just to recap, this is a guy who has Asperger's Syndrome (confirmed), who zoned in on insecure military\government networks looking for proof that aliens exist, along his way he really didn't do any real damage except force the network admins...
    • Mon, Jan 5 2009

    SCCM 64-Bit WoWness

    Jim Wightman's blog posting on SCCM not natively being a 64-bit app has been on my mind for a while now. I'd like to wave a wand and magic up a 64-bit version of the production today, so that we can leverage even more performance out of the OS and Hardware. But realistically, it won't arrive until the next major product release as it cannot be fitted in to an R2 or service pack release. Good points though...
    • Mon, Jan 5 2009

    Steve Jobs - Head of Apple just needs his Hormone software patched

    Glad to hear that they have identified Steve Jobs illness, and can treat him. Apple's Jobs admits poor health Apple chief executive Steve Jobs is being treated for a "hormone imbalance" but is staying on as the firm's head ... Source:
    • Mon, Jan 5 2009

    Better news? Microsoft Plans Cost Cuts, But Huge Layoffs Unlikely

    Found this on the CNBC website ... far more promising news than what's been coming out of the rumour mill so far! Microsoft will embark on a significant cost-cutting initiative in 2009, which might begin as early as this month, to offset a global slowdown in sales. However, sources tell me the cuts will largely be handled through attrition and the non-renewal of contract employees , rather than through a rumored...
    • Fri, Jan 2 2009

    Rumour no more - Microsoft intending to lay off 17% of employees

    I've been following this since mid-december, but I did not want to blog about it pre-xmas\new year as it's a slug of bad news no MS employees wants to see. However, it's now internally (but not publically) been announced according to several reports on the web (none of which are can be seen as authorative) that 17% (15K) of staff are going to get their marching orders come 15th of Jan 2009. It's...
    • Fri, Jan 2 2009

    Rob is now a Configuration Manager MVP!

    My email check on Jan 1st 2009 resulted in quite a surprise, with an email confirming that I am now an ... MVP! Dear Rob Marshall, Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2009 Microsoft® MVP Award! This award is given to exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with others. So I'm an MVP in Configuration Manager. Awesome! This...