October, 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.


  • October 2009 Microsoft Security Bulletins

    I was expecting a larger than normal patch deployment for October as this is a five-week cycle due to the day it fell on, so this month we have a LOT of patches going out. Bulletin ID Maximum Severity Rating Vulnerability...
  • Sherry Kissinger on ConfigMgr Hardware Inventory

    Sherry Kissinger (MOF fame) participated in a recorded WMUG virtual event using Microsoft LiveMeeting, on the 23rd of October 2009. Some really good tips in there, so if you don't have your Inventory "wings" yet, or are just plain curious...
  • ConfigMgr SP2 RTM's for 22nd of October 2009

    Microsoft have pretty much confirmed that ConfigMgr SP2 will RTM on the 22nd of October 2009, in-line with the Windows 7 release. Great effort guys, well done to the ConfigMgr product team for getting this release aligned with the Windows 7 release...
  • 1e Nightwatchman - Webinar with Steve Newby

    Steve Newby is hosting a Webinar on Nightwatchman Server , with 2 separate sessions running on the 22nd of October, and one on the 3rd and 12th of November 2009. I lifted this from an email they sent me: Following the global launch of NightWatchman...
  • Using BING

    The last few weeks I've switched the default home pages on my various machines to Bing instead of Google. Am trying to get out of the habit of typing Google then pressing Ctrl-Enter (to wrap www. and .com around it) and instead type Bing. It's...
  • October 2009 - Microsoft Security Bulletins - Our pre-deployment

    For the October 2009 patch deployment, a few of the patches are not included in our patch bundle, but what we did bring down added up to 1.7GB. There is also a warning that MS09-056 KB974571 can break LCS\OCS (Thanks to Peter Hunt for passing this...
  • WMUG Event: Wally Mead presenting on ConfigMgr! 6th November 2009 on the HMS Belfast, London

    We sure have been busy lately, with a virtual and physical meeting taking place ... and now our next event is finally confirmed. Wally Mead is back at WMUG! Come and join WMUG for the Systems Management event of the year. For the second consecutive...
  • Microsoft System Center Online Desktop Manager (BETA)

    Defo worth a look folk: Microsoft System Center Online Desktop Manager is a hosted IT management solution based on Microsoft System Center management technologies that provides the capability to secure, update, monitor, configure, troubleshoot and...
  • October 2009 - Microsoft Security Bulletins - Post-Deployment

    It's been a while since the patches went out, for us, and nothing in terms of support is coming in. All quiet over here. Only issue we had was the KB974571 patch which hosed down LCS\OCS. Everything else seems fine, LOB's all working, and pretty...
  • Gary McKinnon loses final legal challenge in the high court

    Looks like Gary is heading to the states ... http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7839338.stm If extradited and convicted in the US, the Glasgow-born computer enthusiast, who now lives in Wood Green, north London, could face up to 70 years in prison ....