October, 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.


  • WMUG Event - Nov 1st 2010 with Wally Mead and Randy Roffey - More tickets available!

    We've managed to get more capacity out of the venue and as a result, we've doubled our initial 50 available tickets to 100! If you still fancy coming along, check out our event landing page here [ Register for more tickets here ]
  • Using DCM to evaluate ConfigMgr client self-signed certificates

    A while back I came across a way to get DCM to look in to a computers certificate store so as to evaluate some criteria on the certificates and produce a compliant\non-compliant state. I finally got around to making a short movie on how to get this done...
  • ConfigMgr R3 ready for evaluation!

    Yep they released R3 earlier this week, and now you can download an evaluation version of the RTM code from here The official announcement is here
  • Steve Rachui covers off ConfigMgr 2007 R3

    Some really good info on the latest ConfigMgr release, R3 http://blogs.msdn.com/b/steverac/archive/2010/10/15/introducing-sccm-2007-r3.aspx   He’s done a great job of breaking down the feature set, goes in to detail with the power management component...
  • ConfigMgr R3 goes RTM

    Microsoft announces that ConfigMgr R3 has gone RTM . http://blogs.technet.com/b/systemcenter/archive/2010/10/14/configuration-manager-2007-r3-is-here.aspx I'll put the released code on a server and record a session highlighting it's features...
  • BLADE – browser drive-by infection stats

      Neat bit of software being developed called BLADE (check it out here )   BLADE is put in front of fresh exploit sites to see whether it can detect the infection taking place, and if it can stop that from happening … a by-product is that we...
  • October 2010 – Month of the Patch

    This month, October, we see the most patches ever released by Microsoft on their monthly patch Tuesday cycle. I read that there will be 49 patches released. However, like September, there are only four critical bulletins, whereas we had eight the month...
  • Todays special date 10/10/10

    Doesn't happen that often, I like unique numbers, and 10th of October 2010 is one of them (10/10/10!)
  • MMS 2010 – DVD

    Some of you in the UK no doubt missed MMS 2010 due to the super volcano out in Iceland … well I have two spare MMS 2010 DVD’s here and to get your hands on one all you have to do is email me, put “I so want that DVD Rob” in the Subject, include your postal...
  • WMUG Event – Nov 1st 2010 – Wally Mead and Randy Roffey

    We’ve got a great event lined up ahead, with Wally Mead giving us a great rundown on R3 and v.Next, with Randy Roffey from Silect putting on a short demo of ConfigWise their new product, and CP Studio. If you’re a ConfigMgr admin, then this is an event...