August, 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.


  • National Archives: New Security Service files released

    Wow check this out, archives, we love archives! Lots of stuff on WWII in there,
  • From Patching Profile to Parked

    Yep I've done it again, using my expert language skills, witnessed by Chris, Omar and Paul (who were in sheer awe of my creative ability), I've come up with yet another jaw-droppingly inspiring, entirely focused and understable term! We wanted...
  • ConfigMgr v.Next Beta 1 - VHD Test Drive

    Check out the latest VHD release for ConfigMgr v.Next Beta 1 , awesome that you don't have to deploy the infrastructure and layer eveything on to test drive the product, just fire this thing up as a VM or even boot off it: Hello everyone, we wanted...
  • And along came Henry …

    On the 17th of August, 05:42am BST Henry Marshall put in an appearance, after spending several months exploring a small space, much to the annoyance and often frustrations of his loving mother, he came out a healthy baby weighing 3.5Kb (7.71lb) and working...
  • Is this a new term?

    I just thought up (without any RedBull, other energy drinks or Omega 3 supplements) a great new term on how to describe the patches that need to go on to a machine. Let's posit that The patches that need to be installed on a target machine are dictated...
  • Windows Internal database - what is it being used for

    Just had to perform an interesting task, was asked to check out why a few machines still have the Windows Internal database still installed (messes with compliance funnily enough) ... The Windows Internal database seems a bit unapproachable unless...
  • MIT Open Courseware

    Fancy taking a MIT degree without attending? Mighty handy for those of us not living in Massachusetts and able to attend the Institute of Technology :-) View the courses here: Plenty...
  • Home security project

    I’ve been looking in to setting up a home pc security system. I just need to monitor the car parked outside the house and the entrance hallway, the first to catch anyone damaging the vehicle, the other to spot burglars coming or going ......
  • August 2010 Patch Day looming

    I've fallen out of the routine of announcing the patches each month, I felt that if it wasn't a notable release, well, then there is no reason to duplicate what a zillion other folk are happily duplicating, instead I assume you've signed up...
  • Yes! ConfigMgr R3 is RC!

    Wow check this out: 1. Monitoring and Planning : Power Management collects information about computer usage and power settings for computers in the origination. Reports are provided to allow the administrator to analyze this data and determine optimal...
  • Steve Rachui: Direct Access – SCCM – Managing internet clients

    Steve rattles out another quality write up , this time on Direct Access and ConfigMgr (please stop calling it SCCM folks!) Do you have internet based clients that you want to manage? Does the idea of switching to SCCM native mode to manage those client...