May, 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.


  • Another search engine about to hit the internet highways

    Check out Bing , a new search engine from Microsoft. Time of this posting it's not ready for public consumption, I believe it'll be ready for us on the 1st of June 2009. They do have a video posted, click here to view A few words on the...
  • WSUS SP2 Beta - available for public consumption on Connect

    WSUS SP2 Beta is now available for evaluation on Connect . Here's an overview taken from the WSUS Product Team Blog: WSUS 3.0 SP2 Beta Overview New Windows Server and Client Version Support · Integration with Windows Server® 2008...
  • WMUG Event: June 18th, 2009

    I am delighted to be able to announce our next meeting on Thursday 18th June at Microsoft’s office in Cardinal Place London where this time we'll be kicking off with an in-depth look at Windows 7, courtesy of Viral Tarpara and Andrew Driver...
  • Microsoft Security Advisory (971492) - Vulnerability in Internet Information Services Could Allow Elevation of Privilege

    Related to WEBDAV and the Anonymous account (IUSER_<>) Microsoft is investigating new public reports of a possible vulnerability in Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS). An elevation of privilege vulnerability exists in the way that...
  • Simple SQL query - Show collections a client is a member of

    Was just asked to create a ConfigMgr query to show which collections a client is a member of: Note: Collections do not replicate upwards, so running this on your Central for a Tier 2\3 client will not show anything. Either run it on the assigned site...
  • WMI Troubleshooting tips

    More from the Configuration Manager team blog, which you really should subscribe to their RSS feed, or make a habit of frequenting their website for some really good ConfigMgr info. Brian Huneycutt has posted a super cool run down on solving WMI issues...

    Bhaskar Krishnan has posted a great SRS FAQ over on the Configuration Manger team blog . Worth a read, and the team blog is worth bookmarking
  • MMMUG - Exchange 2010 - 27th of May 2009

    MMMUG (Microsoft Messaging & Mobility User Group) is hosting an Exchange 2010 centric event on the 27th of May 2009 ... Read on: No point rewriting what Nathan has already done a superb job on ... Hi All, As you...
  • Getting a CMD prompt as LSA in Vista\W2008

    One of the best tricks for us sms admins to use while troubleshooting access (amongst other things) is to use a CMD prompt elevated to SYSTEM context. A godsend for those of us that are permissions challenged, such as Secondary site servers that we the...
  • First Graphics Game written on and for a (16 bit) Home Computer

    Another Rob "Retro" Marshall posting i'm afraid Well worth taking a peek at this link, worlds first graphical game for a 16-bit computer from the Adams family (Richard, Eric, Scott!) ... Today many computer enthusiasts write programs...