June, 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.


  • Scuba - Malta - June 2010 - Visting the P29 and Rozi

    more video from my underwater exploits ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwgu7dvVKqI This time, Malta, June 2010, me and a friend go dive the P29 and the Rozi on twins+stage
  • iPhone 4 - get a grip!

    Funniest announcement EVER about Apple products: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/8761240.stm Steve's "Golden" and very helpful advise is: "Just avoid holding it in that way." Let's back up a bit here ... hold...
  • xxx gets approved by ICANN

    After what seems like an eternity, mostly likely just a decade, the top level xxx domain gets approved for use. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/10412765.stm As usual, Slashdot has some withering, comical and amusing comments worthy of burning...
  • ConfigMgr 2007 and Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 integration

    Jeff Wettlaufer highlighted this video on how to integrate FEP 2010 in to ConfigMgr 2007, seems to have caused a bit of a stir at TechEd 2010 I believe, bit of a hot topic ... http://blogs.technet.com/b/systemcenter/archive/2010/06/10/configuration...
  • Documentation topics every Configuration Manager admin should know

    Over on the The Configuration Manager Support Team Blog , there's write up on ConfigMgr Documentation topics that are currently in demand. The list is a bit empty right now, only refering to the Prerequisites, but a little birdy gave me a bigger list...
  • No2 on the way …

    (Well he arrived, but he isn't No2 meaning second baby, he's No2 Robert as in Henry Robert Marshall ;-) My son at 27 wks :-) Its truly amazing what technology can do with sound waves. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-doLQYGVwgA
  • ConfigMgr 2011 - SQL Replication troubleshooting

    As you probably already know, ConfigMgr 2011 (v.Next) uses SQL Replication to pass data between sites ... I've been troubleshooting SQL 2008 Replication, and found a few interesting links that might help grow out your skills in this area if you're...
  • SCVMM 2008 R2 hotfix rollup

    SCVMM 2008 R2 gets a rollup: http://blogs.technet.com/b/scvmm/archive/2010/06/08/scvmm-2008-r2-rollup-released-for-scvmm-server-and-administrator-s-console.aspx http://support.microsoft.com/kb/982522
  • Set adrift ...

    Incredible story behind a lost underwater camera, check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E43sg-Ytt58 If I was the manufacturer of the camera housing I'd be using this in my marketing :-)
  • Jeroen Erkelens - Good example of thinking on your feet

    I stumbled in to this article by Jeroen Erkelens earlier. The reason I thought it'd be worth sharing is that I've come across this kind of solution in several companies, and managing an exit code harks back to the DOS days which has spawned several...
  • Setting up a ConfigMgr 2011 Beta (v.Next) Hierarchy for lab use

    Now that v.Next Beta build 7469 has been made available, I thought I'd put this little lot together for you. Installing ConfigMgr 2011 Beta Hierarchy I make a few assumptions in this guide, that you've checked the Hardware Requirements and...
  • Slow performance in ConfigMgr with BITS\Kerberos

    Interesting write up at the Configuration Manager Support Team Blog on a way to possibly speed up transfer of large packages out to your DP's. http://blogs.technet.com/b/configurationmgr/archive/2010/06/03/solution-you-may-experience-slow-performance...
  • WMUG presents: Randy Roffey from Silect - MP studio

    Yep we've got another virtual event for you to watch. This time Randy Roffey from Silect shows off MP Studio You can check out our latest recording here