September, 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.


  • FCS Updates in a shared WSUS environment

    John Marcum and Kim Oppalfens have put together a great article from a collaboration that they took part in, to try and deploy FCS updates in a shared WSUS environment . These guys look like they have cracked the problem and offer up the solution ...
  • Windows 7 phone confirmed to be available on all five UK mobile operators

    Caught this announcement on Engadget today that Windows 7 phones will be sold through all five mobile operators in the UK. Instead of just o2 , who got exclusivity on the iPhone in the UK. This is real good news for competitive data plans, and a...
  • Internet Explorer 9 Beta

    Just installed it at home, am liking it, some of the new stuff is very subtle. Check it out while it is still in Beta here
  • ConfigMgr Client Certificate that’ll outlast time

    Somehow, don’t ask me how, we managed to get a client to install its self-signed certificates with an interesting expiration date That’s 3,129 years in the future! Awesome Lionel wrote a good blog post about client registration, kind of links in here...
  • Recent KB's for ConfigMgr now available via an RSS feed

    Microsoft have given us a great way to watch out for patches being released for the ConfigMgr product. I love empowering people, I don't like to sit on news feeds then spoon it to you, it would make me seem pro when all I'm doing is venting...
  • Asset Intelligence gets a hotfix rollup for ConfigMgr SP2

    Microsoft released a private hotfix (you have to request it) for Asset Inteligence. It's called Hotfix rollup for Asset Intelligence in System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP2 Firms up some of the reports, bad detection or incorrect reporting...
  • Cool pacman rendition

    This is so cool :-)
  • NewsNow

    I use this news site more and more nowadays ...
  • Rephotographic survey of the American West

    Amazing photographs of scenes shot 1890, 1970 and 1999 from the same viewpoint from the Third View project . Third View revisits the sites of historic western American landscape photographs. The project makes new photographs, keeps a field diary of its...
  • Video of a dive made out in Malta, June 2010

    Made this a while back, its a HD movie of me and a friend getting 2 wrecks in on the same dive out in Malta
  • Minature homebrew Cray-1A

    Wish I had the patience to make something like this, what a project