December, 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.


  • Screenshooter - sharing screengrabs easily

    I had this tool pointed out to me today by Paul, doesn't replace the Windows 7 snipping tool, but as a collaboration tool, it deserves to join the toolkit. It works by capturing a portion of your desktop, uploading the image to a server then hand...
  • Video: ConfigMgr 2007 R3

    I did a quick (20 minute) video introducing the features of ConfigMgr 2007 R3. This video contains no audio, instead I use slides to pass on information and to break up the video in to sections covering each of the features. Play video ConfigMgr...
  • Bombing down the slope - Snowboarding

    Snowboarding down a slope at fun speeds :> (Not my own video!) Love the little hops and jumps he does along the way ... can't wait to get on a board again, season is almost upon me
  • Lotus Notes really sucks - hard

    I have to say this right now, as I'm constantly fighting this counter-intuitive piece of ... software I HATE LOTUS NOTES - IT REALLY DOES SUCK - IT IS LIKE USING COMPUSERVE TO ACCESS THE INTERNET - WHY WOULD ANY COMPANY STILL USE IT IN 2010? ...
  • ConfigMgr 2007 now supports SQL 2008 SP2

      The System Center Configuration Manager Team blog released a November support announcement detailing support for SQL 2008 SP2 :
  • But not as we know it

      Quote from BBC News: The first organism able to substitute one of the six chemical elements crucial to life has been found. Put simply it means it’s more likely that there life forms on other...
  • It’s life Jim

    Something amazing is about to be announced by NASA regarding an astrobiology finding … Plenty of speculation here