January, 2010

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.


  • Quick video of ConfigMgr R3 feature - Prestaged Media

    Jeff Wettlaufer has put together a short video showing one of the cool new features soon to arrive when R3 is released OS Deployment enhancements in Configuration Manager 2007 R3 Check it out here > http://blogs.technet.com/systemcenter/archive...
  • All ConfigMgr 2007 SP2 ICP's available

    Great news, the ICP's (International Client Packs) for ConfigMgr 2007 SP2 are both available Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP2 International Client Packs are now available International Client Packs (ICPs) contain international...
  • How It Works: Automatic Client Approval in Configuration Manager 2007

    EXCELLENT write up on client approval on the ConfigMgr Support Team Blog (these guys turn out gold regularly!) How It Works: Automatic Client Approval in Configuration Manager 2007 Purpose: This post is intended to explain how client approval...
  • IE - Out of band patch

    We're expecting to sync with MS around 6PM GMT to get the IE out of band patch in to the hierarchy so we can push this out quick. New Bulletin Summary Bulletin Identifier Internet Explorer Maximum...
  • DPM 2010 - About to become Release Candidate

    Noticed this earlier: Hopefully you have been enjoying the DPM 2010 beta since September, but we are almost finished with the Release Candidate and our last milestones towards delivery. Please join us on January 14 at 9:00 AM Pacific US Time to...
  • SMS2003 support (almost) comes to an end ... Come on, time to upgrade!

    Bless her cotton socks, good old SMS2003 moves out of mainstream support at the end of January 12th of Jan 2010, and it's site on the microsoft domain has had a refresh and has now become more of a portal to assist in migrating from SMS2003 to ConfigMgr...
  • ProxyCFG on Vista and Win2008

    The ProxyCfg.exe utililty is an important tool, which us SMS Admins will encounter when we need to adjust proxy settings on a client so that it can communicate with the assigned site servers WSUS role. I needed ProxyCfg to solve a problem on a Windows...
  • Just has to be seen to be appreciated!

    This video just made my jaw drop! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNR74UCidBI&feature=player_embedded # (It gets going, and yep you ain't see nothing like it, at around the 55 second mark) Of course, it is very safe for work so check it...
  • Recent SMS2003/ConfigMgr 2007 KB Articles

    Round of of recent KB articles (courtesy of the ConfigMgr Support Team Blog) KB976073 - The Windows Deployment Service stops responding when you use a PXE service point on a computer that is running a System Center Configuration Managr 2007 SP1 site...
  • ConfigMgr Support Team Blog: Solution: Unable to connect to a ConfigMgr 2007 Secondary Site server from Service Manager unless you use a domain admin account

    Over at the ConfigMgr Support Team Blog, interesting write-up on failure encountered when using the ConfigMgr Service Manager to connect to Secondary Site servers ... Here's a unique issue I came across the other day that I thought you might like...
  • WSUS Support Team Blog: Error code when you use Windows Update or Microsoft Update to install updates: 0x737D

    Over on the WSUS Support Team Blog, announcement of a new KB highlighting an issue when using Windows Update or Microsoft Update to install updates Symptoms: When you install updates by using Windows Update or Microsoft Update, you receive the following...
  • January 2010 Microsoft Security Bulletins

    The Gods have blessed us! Well, actually no, Microsoft just decided to release one security update this patch cycle! Bulletin ID Maximum Severity Rating Vulnerability Impact Restart Requirement Affected...
  • OpMgr Logging - Authoring Resource Kit Tools

    Steve helps us ConfigMgr folk appreciate the value of the ConfigMgr logging capabilities by talking about logging and process flow in OpMgr. Although it sounds painful living without many log files, they do seem to have some cool debug\troubleshooting...
  • Virtual Machine Manager - Migrating from a VMWare environment

    Lifted directly from the System Center Virtual Machine Manager Team Blog: Just an FYI that on Tuesday, January 12, 2010 10:00 AM-11:00 AM., we're hosting a Live Meeting presentation for System Center influencers titled “So you Want To...
  • ConfigMgr Service Pack installation guide

    Useful tips on issues that can surface when installing a (latest) ConfigMgr Service Pack This document was created to help in troubleshooting Configuration Manager Service Pack 2 (SP2) install failures. This document is not entirely specific to Service...
  • EEHndlr WARNING: Failed to populate ServiceStartup entries in Cache: error 0x80070002

    The WSUS support team offered up this tip on resolving an 0x80070002 error that manifests due to some missing registry keys. When running updates from WSUS 3.0 SP1 we are seeing the following error messages in the Windows Update Agent Log File C:\Windows...
  • Parrot AR Drone - The Ultimate Geek Toy?

    A remote controlled quadricopter drone with two cameras, wifi and flight stabilization. http://www.parrot.com/parrot-ar-drone/en Soon as they start selling this I'm buying one! Oh, you've got to own a iPhone to be able to use it! (wonder...
  • ConfigMgr Support Team Blog: Configuration Manager 2007 Out Of Band Demo and Tips

    When I get some time later, I'll sit through this ... but for now, am passing in on to the horde that seem to read my blog: Our very own Buz Brodin, a Senior Escalation Engineer here on our System Center Configuration Manager support team, recently...
  • Chris Whitehead - Sharepoint PFE Engineer does a bit of DPM

    If DPM is your thing then Chris's dive in to backing up and restoring SharePoint should certainly spin your wheels :-) Chris Whitehead, who is a Premier Field Engineer for SharePoint in the UK and a fan of DPM, recently posted a series of blogs...
  • Installing DPM 2007 SP1 on W2008 with Hyper-V role

    Small write up on installing DPM 2007 SP1 on to W2008 with the Hyper-V role installed all on the very same host ... You have installed a single Hyper-V server with some virtual machines and you want to complety snapshot them using Microsoft System...
  • WSUS Wiki

    Found this WSUS Wiki today, very useful ... Windows Server Update Services Wiki
  • Peter Van Der Woude - SMS Bloggage

    Peter has some cracking SMS info on his blog , Check it out: http://www.petervanderwoude.nl/
  • WSUS Offline Update

    Not used this tool, first time i've seen it, as usual thought someone out there might be interested in seeing it. Boasts offline patching, no need for internet connection etc. http://download.wsusoffline.net/ I'm not endorsing this product...
  • Intel AMT\OOB treasure

    Another good resource, this time lots of info on AMT\OOB implementation for ConfigMgr from a guy called Trevor Sullivan http://communities.intel.com/people/Trevor.Sullivan;jsessionid=5685E821F048AC2A55D188DE23302974.node5COMS?view=overview Go plunder...
  • Johns amazing stash

    John Nelson over at myITforum has a excellent blog covering SMS. You'll find a treasure trove of superb SQL queries that accomplish specific tasks as well as give you an insight in to how best to do things in SQL. Great resource for budding SQL...