February, 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.


  • Off to the MVP Summit 2011

    Getting the last few things ready before I leave the wife and little one, and head over to Seattle, USA for the Microsoft MVP Summit. This years event we’ll be focusing on ConfigMgr 2012, and this is an opportunity for me to get my hands dirty and talk...
  • Nokia and Microsoft move beyond pillow talk

    Looks like Microsoft and Nokia have formed an alliance with Nokia using Windows Phone OS for its devices ... Tons of info over the web about this development, my jumping off point this morning was: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-12427680
  • Dec founder Ken Olsen departs for the big cloud in the sky (using DECnet)

    A shame, but another leader in the industry has passed on, If you don't know about Ken, its worth the read, one of the industries pioneers. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken_Olsen
  • Wally Mead - ConfigMgr 2007 R3 and ConfigMgr 2012 Beta 1 videos

    Took me a while, but I managed to create three videos with runtimes of around 1hr 30min+ each from the days video taken at the WMUG November 1st 2010 meeting in London, England in which Wally Mead, Senior Program Manager, gave us a run through of ConfigMgr...