March, 2009

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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  • Sunday morning panic

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    This morning, around 1am I had to throw on some clothes and run outside to see why my car alarm was going off. It was the most bizarre way to wake up, I was half awake trying to make sense of what my fiance was saying ... "Zzzzzz .... wake up .....
  • Microsoft DreamSpark free to High School, College and University students

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    Microsoft DreamSpark now provides professional-level Microsoft developer tools, at no charge, to High School students. Previously, these tools were only available to College and University students. Back when I was programming, using IDE's, I had...
  • Patching: Security Update for SQL Server 2000 Service Pack 4 (KB960083) Failed to install

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    Security Update for SQL Server 2000 Service Pack 4 ( KB960083 ) fails to install Not many of you will see this, problem manifests if a SQL instance service is set to Disabled. Client System EventLog: Installation Failure: Windows failed to install...
  • BINK.NU down?

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    Getting this in my browser ... First time i've seen that site go down .. Good luck bringing it up back up Steven!
  • ConfigMgr: INBOX and OUTBOX components showing critical this morning

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    Vast quantity of our Secondary site servers reported SMS_OUTBOX_MONITOR and SMS_INBOX_MONITOR components have gone critical, but there are no status messages. Quick look at the inbox\outbox logs, shows -2700 for the next polling cycle. Waiting until...
  • ConfigMgr KB's for Feb 2009

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    Here's the list of KB's that were released in Feb 2009 for ConfigMgr Some expired user state stores are not deleted on System Center Configuration Manager 2007 State Migration Point http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;960189&sd...