May, 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.

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Activity
  • WMUG and ConfigMgr v.Next

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    Heard the news yet? No doubt you have! ConfigMgr v.Next Beta 1 has gone PUBLIC. Yes that means you can download v.Next and play around with it to your hearts content. Check out RBAC, it'll change the way you partition responsibilities! ...
  • WMUG site relocation

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    I've been trailing behind on my blogging recently, mostly due to our hosts stretching out this site move with delay after delay after delay. We've had to put the entire site on hold, blogging, event announcements etc for almost a month due to...
  • Microsoft Certification - Discounts

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    Raphael Perez, another ConfigMgr MVP told me about a discount you can get on Microsoft 70-X exams up until the 30th of June. Check his blog posting out here: http://blog.dotnetwork.com.br/?p=1680&lang=en Is that 50% off a free 2nd go? Cool!
  • WMUG Virtual Event: Silect MP Studio – 25th May 7PM GMT

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    We’ve got another great event for you. This time it's Silect and they will be demo’ing the MP studio product. You can read up on MP studio here. The Virtual event is set to run at 7PM GMT on the 25th of May 2010. Got questions...
  • More magic WMI from Kim

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    Can't keep this guy down, another article on WMI eventing from Kim Oppalfens http://myitforum.com/cs2/blogs/koppalfens/archive/2010/05/17/create-securable-configuration-manager-folders-using-wmi-eventing-of-course.aspx Fascinating stuff,
  • Terminator video

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    Someone linked me to this earlier, if you've not seen it, stick with the slow start, quality ending :-) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8vqSJAOC7I
  • Kim's WMI webcast

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    Kim Oppalfens has propped up his webcast for making WMI do seemingly impossible things. Seemingly, as in the features have always been there, just no one really dug in, or at least didn't do so and then broadcast the results to the world. Well...
  • System Center Service Manager (SCSM) - Technet webcast series coming to a PC near you

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    I'm going to be diving head first in to SCSM in a few weeks time, and as we figure it out we'll be putting together a series of virtual sessions so you can check it out. Check out The Nexus SC, good post on there links to a series of weekly...
  • Patching Windows 2008 Server Core with ConfigMgr

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    Found a good article over on Nathan's blog detailing how to patch with the WUA client, Windows 2008 server core. Support came for W2008C in ConfigMgr SP1 , but to patch it you'll need to setup the usual on the ConfigMgr side then run a vbcript...
  • You couldn't even make this stuff up

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    This guy, what the heck? Lucky or Unlucky? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/7721985/Frano-Selak-worlds-luckiest-man-gives-away-his-lottery-fortune.html I know one thing, I wouldn't travel with him! This guy needs his...
  • Steve Bobosky - User affinity NOW

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    Steve Bobosky wrote up a cool blog posting on how to get User Affinity in to ConfigMgr 2007 right now, rather than waiting for this to arrive in the form of v.Next. Steve's going to hand over the goods in separate postings, with this, the first, kicking...
  • Microsoft Superflows for ConfigMgr 2007

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    Just noticed this: Backup and Recovery Superflow for Configuration Manager 2007 http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=4edc0461-f889-4d0c-bf86-9e36980acd6a Overview The SuperFlow interactive content model...
  • ConfigMgr training resources

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    Handy link to Microsoft training materials for ConfigMgr 2007 http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/systemcenter/cm/ff597934.aspx Loads of helpful articles on there from OSD, Asset Intelligence to Software Updates.
  • Operating System Deployment team blog - Lights are back on

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    Looks like the OSD team blog is alive again, has been quiet for some time, Keep an eye on it here: http://blogs.technet.com/inside_osd/ RSS to it here: http://blogs.technet.com/inside_osd/rss.xml
  • System Center Service Manager (SCSM) 2010 has gone RTM

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    Bit behind on dishing up the news ... I see that SCSM 2010 has gone RTM. We're going to give this release some attention on WMUG, first up we'll put together a virtual meeting so we can demo the tool itself and have a long Q&A. Will announce...
  • ConfigMgr Software Updates - definition of the coloured icons

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    If I don't use the feature often I tend to forget the colour coding, we all know what the green means, most of us know what grey means, but what are the other colours for? Normal Icon The green icon represents a normal software update. ...
  • ConfigMgr Backup failure - Error 145

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    We had backup failure on two of our Primaries, the root cause of which seemed to stem from file locks being present on the files in the backup folder while the backup is running. I scheduled a job to run just before the backup to collect any file handles...
  • Microsoft Survey: ConfigMgr and WSUS pain points

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    Time to get some feedback to MS on the WSUS and Configmgr integration. Check out the survey here, takes literally one minute, no login required and the feedback is seen by the product group, who, as you know, roll the dice on the features and any updates...
  • Important: SMS2003 ITMU Patch issue for April 2010 patch set

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    Defo one to watch out for if you're using SMS2003 + ITMU to deploy the April 2010 patch set The ConfigMgr support team blog: We've been getting some calls about this one so I thought it deserved a mention here. If you're having some...
  • Shavlik - SCUPdates

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    We recently held a LiveMeeting event , free for all to join, where representatives from Shavlik put on a 30 minute demo of the SCUPdates product. I like this one, its quick, to the point and show you what the tool delivers. You can check out the...