July, 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.


  • Boris Johnson - Mayor of Londons Bike Scheme

    Boris Johnson, Mayor of London has introducted a new Bike rental scheme today, here in London, and I thought I'd run the figures and compare them against a scheme that is known to work and be cheap in the Netherlands. Although they do actually lose...
  • Launching ConfigMgr Resource Explorer outside of the console

    A collegue of mine is currently tasked with looking at inventory for some clients, and he needs to invoke Resource Explorer quite a bit ... it's a time consuming process, as he has to first ID the client in the console (slow), right click (context...
  • Champix - Day one

    Finding it hard to give up smoking, and with the baby just 4 weeks away, I want to be out of the habit of nipping out for a quick one by the time he arrives. So I'm trying Champix, a Pfizer (hey didn't I work for them?) drug, initially just...
  • Henry Ford and Ethanol

    Not IT related, but worth a read Henry Ford and Ethanol fuel Notice the gap between enlightment to adoption of 70 odd years ...
  • ConfigMgr 2007 R2 VHD - Rereleased

    Looks like MS have re-released the ConfigMgr 2007 R2 VHD with a later deactivation date. If you want to evaluate the product but don't want to install all the bits and bobs, this is the way to go.
  • LNK and PIF exploit - Microsoft fixit to the rescue

    Looks like Microsoft are really putting time in to Fixit as it is appearing all over the place :-) See Fixit in action: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2286198/en-us LNK and PIF file exploit being closed by Mr Fixit: http://blogs.technet.com/b/msrc...
  • In Seattle area July 22 to July 27 and got some spare time (and not a blue badge)?

    Microsoft Research needs you for a double blind placebo experiment involving mice and lab coats ;-) No seriously, if you want to give MS a hand with a study then check this link out: This one isn't necessarily support related but if any of you...
  • ConfigMgr support team blog - Deep dive: Component details and data flow for site-to-site replication in SMS2003\CM07

    Very handy, a document detailing the data flow of intersite replication and the components used. Could of done with something like this when I began, so if you are picking up CM07 and are a bit fresh, this will spin you up to speed and turn you in...
  • Parrot AR Drone – uber geek toy

    Parrot’s AR Drone touches down real soon, and this little puppy is definitely joining my collection The drone itself has built-in wifi, and both front and bottom camera which feed a live video stream to the iPhone, with other devices becoming supported...
  • Messing around with IE Accelerators

    Had a little look at how to put together accelerators and found it's not that difficult to start putting these things together. I made two search accelerators, one for MS Support to search for KB ID's, and the other to search this site, WMUG...
  • SCVMM 2008 R2 - Updated documentation

    The SCVMM 2008 R2 docs got revv'd Check out here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=e547b676-112f-419e-8d8f-6920beca0845
  • Patriot Memory - 6GB, 12GB and 24GB tri-channel kits in speeds ranging from 1600MHz to 2000MHz

    I'm itching to get my hands on three of these DIMMs :-) http://www.kitguru.net/components/memory/zardon/patriot-announce-sector-7-memory/ Patriot Memory have announced the immediate availability of the Viper II Series ‘Sector 7’...