April, 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.


  • MMS and Wolfram Alpha

    Lots of folk posting about MMS, some great stuff happening in the ConfigMgr space, cannot wait for the beta :> Also, I cannot way for this to launch ... new search engine toy, woohoo! May time!
  • Replaced my Mountain Bike

    Bought this puppy on the weekend: http://www.cycleworld.co.uk/product/17860/Gary_Fisher_Wahoo_Disc_2009_Gunmetal Rides nice ... lightweight, disc braking system, it responded well by soaking up a lot of feedback from the trail\road. Was actually...
  • Pittsburgh Pattern Recognition - Facing off with Star Trek

    Another "worth a read link"! Bit of Pittsburgh Pattern Recognition face mining from 67 Star Trek episodes ... you can see the face recognition in action with a clip from that classic Star Trek episode " from Where No Man Has Gone Before...
  • Bit of Bill

    Got a couple of links for my "worth a read" list on Our Lad Bill (sourced ./ ) Bill Gates the younger's growing pains from no other than Bill Gates Sr, and some photos from the Gates family album on the Wall Street Journal website.
  • World Digital Library

    Stumbled upon this earlier, if you love reading ancient history, right up your street ... Mission The World Digital Library (WDL) makes available on the Internet, free of charge and in multilingual format, significant primary materials from countries...
  • Got a MAC? Are you part of the iBotnet (only if you are a dodgy pirate!)

    Interesting story over on ZDNET (I originally sourced this on Slashdot) about Apple MAC's and what's being called iBotnet ... MAC's may be so crippled that they don't get turned over by web based drive-bys, but they are not invunlerable...
  • Citrix and Application Virtualisation links

    A colleague passed me a link to his blog of sorts a few weeks ago, meant to post it on here ... contains lots of links about Citrix and Application Virtualisation. If thats your thing, then go pick through his links, see if there's anything that tickles...
  • SMS / ConfigMgr Callback Information and Resources website

    Useful troubleshooting jump off point for when you need to raise a support case with Microsoft CSS. It's called the SMS / ConfigMgr Callback Information and Resources website Even if you are not raising a case, its worth being bookmarked for the...
  • Flight Control for iPhone

    I've got this game for the iPhone (yes apologies for mentioning the Apple beast here) called Flight Control. Has to be one of the most addictive games I've played in a long time. My fiance has same type of phone, and we have play off's once...