November, 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.


  • ConfigMgr Prerequisite checker - Rules

    Wondered what prerequisite checks are being performed when you run the prerequisite checker? Wonder now more, the ConfigMgr Documentation team have a page about that Setup Prerequisite Checks
  • ConfigMgr documentation

    I was just speaking to an engineer based out in Brazil, he has been pestering me for operations stuff for a few weeks now and it was only when he said he’d learnt a lot about the product from me that I actually realised how much knowledge I was pushing...
  • Issue deploying ConfigMgr SP2 - NTFS Streams

    Had an interesting problem occur during an ConfigMgr SP1 to SP2 upgrade recently. During the upgrade process everything looked fine, all the way in to the reinstallation of the components by Site Component Manager. However the Reporting Point...
  • ConfigMgr engineer FTE position (UK)

    Sean Roberts of Inframon is looking to hire an experienced ConfigMgr engineer to join their expanding company on a full time basis. Looks like a good package. If you’re living in the UK, and interested, check out his blog posting here Sean...
  • Johan Arwidmarks MDT 2010 Deployment CD

    Johan emailed me a short while back with an update on his Deployment CD After spending a good few hours about every evening for more than three weeks now, I'm truly excited to bring you the MDT 2010 and ConfigMgr 2007 SP2 version of my...
  • 1e NightWatchman Server Edition LiveMeeting session

    WMUG recorded a virtual event with Andy Dominey from 1e on the NightWatchman Server Edition product Thursday 12th of November 2009. Covers some interesting power management features in the server space. Worth checking out, view here Big thanks to...
  • WMUG Virtual Meeting - 12th November 2009 - 6PM GMT - 1e NightWatchman Server edition

    WMUG have another virtual meeting taking place, this time Andy Dominey from 1e will be demonstrating the 1e NightWatchman Server edition product. The event is set to start on the 12th of November 2009 at 6PM GMT More information here http://wmug...
  • London, circa 1927 ... video in colour (color!) of some of the famous sites

    London in 1927, and in Colour (color!) #
  • TechED Berlin 2009: Press Room

    Rod Trent found this URL for the MS TechEd Berlin 2009 pressroom For those of us not attending, this is a great portal for info coming out of TechED Berlin
  • ConfigMgr 2007 MP for OpMgr 2007

    MS have released the updated ConfigMgr 2007 Management Pack for OpMgr 2007 Overview The Configuration Manager 2007 SP2 Management...