January, 2011

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.


  • Steve Jobs puts feet up - Well deserved really

    Good luck to Steve Jobs, really hope he is ok http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/jan/17/steve-jobs-apple
  • Champix - really works

    I've stopped the cigarettes for around 5 months now due to Champix, and I thought I'd pass on my thoughts for smokers and non-smokers alike to consider. I blogged about starting a course of Champix at the tail end of July 2010, and I have to...
  • Chinese Stealth Fighter!

    I know that Lionel Oh will get very excited over this one, he's a plane fan\nut\fanboi ... he just doesn't stand at the end of runways with a notepad taking down numbers like some do ... !!! Anyways, this ones for him! http://online.wsj...
  • Novel data centers - The temporary DataCenter in a Tent

    Made for a interesting read, how Microsoft tried hosting a bunch of machines in a Tent from November 2007 to June 2008, while running Sandra all the time. Guess what, no crashes, 100% uptime! http://blogs.msdn.com/b/the_power_of_software/archive/2008...
  • David Allens System Center blog list

    Worth checking out David Allens blog posting about the available System Center team blogs ... Check out his (maintained) list here: http://wmug.co.uk/blogs/aquilaweb/archive/2011/01/06/system-center-ms-blogs.aspx Nice going David!
  • ConfigMgr 2007 R3 video up on myITforum

    Rod Trent hosted my ConfigMgr R3 video over on myITforum. Nice one Rod, thanks. You can check it out here: http://www.myitforum.com/absolutevc/avc-view.aspx?videoid=2061&categoryid=0 Enjoy!
  • MVP ConfigMgr – 2011 renewal

    Fortune shines on me. I found this in my inbox today Dear Rob Marshall, Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2011 Microsoft® MVP Award! This award is given to exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their...