June, 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.


  • WMUG Event 18th June 2009 media

    Just a quick note that you can now find Andrew Drivers Windows 7 slide-deck here: http://wmug.co.uk/groups/wmug_event_material/media/p/1891.aspx
  • WMUG Event - 18th June 2009 - Done and dusted

    Great event, thanks all that attended and thanks to Andrew Driver for presenting on Windows 7 and Johan Arwidmark for presenting on MDT. Went really well, we had a great turn out and hopefully everyone got something from the event, be it free pizza...
  • ConfigMgr reporting: Users get HTTP error 400 when browsing the Reporting Point

    We've been finding a few users are experiencing problems when accessing the traditional ConfigMgr Reporting Point. Odd, as other users are accessing the Reporting Point AOK, and no errors are appearing in the default web instance HTTP log (%WINDIR...
  • A different kind of Patch

    I've been patching myself lately. Since Sunday, I've had Nicorette patches on. For those not in the know, they deliver nicotine in to the body to stave off the urge to have a smoke and thus help to give up smoking. So far it's been OK...
  • WMUG event: 18th of June 2009 6:30 start @ Cardinal Place (London)

    Just a final reminder that WMUG is hosting another event, at Cardinal Place, covering MDT (Johan Arwidmark MVP) and Windows 7 (Viral Tarpara and Andrew Driverand, both MSFT's) You must register to attend, do so here: http://www.wmug.eventbrite...
  • Microsoft patches for MS09-June (2009)

    I've just finished dealing with the slew of Microsoft June 2009 patch set for our environment. Quite a few patches this time around, we're fully tested and no issues in our environment with the Office, IE or OS patches. All went swimmingly well...
  • o2 - Apple iPhone 3GS

    iPhone 3GS and o2 carrier package ... what a rip off! For what? a compass, larger capacity (who has 16GB of songs atm, many of us running out of space?), slightly faster process (but no FLASH!) and tethering? You've got to be kidding me! Read on...
  • David Carradine - Goes to the fluffy kung-fu temple in the sky

    Heard this yesterday, David Carradine was found in a cupboard singularly performing strange sexual rituals. What a way to go. He was one of my favorite B movie actors. Legendary indeed. I guess his blocking technique wasn't up to par, or his shaolin...