April, 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.


  • Repurposing the MDT 2010 wizard

      I need a nice ConfigMgr installation HTA, a front-end doing data collection over several “pages”, configuration files built from the answers, package installations started, and a nice uniform look\feel about it. I could write a one-off HTA for...
  • SMS2003 - Service accounts being used

    I wrote this a fair few years ago, it's for those environments still running SMS2003 who opted to use Normal Security (Service Accounts, harking back to SMS 2.0 here!) instead of using Advanced Security (computer accounts). The script, all it does...
  • ConfigMgr 2012: Signs of more data heading in to the database

    Paul Thompson wrote up smashing article ... gives real insight in to how the product group are thinking, and how management\access to data is being made easier in subtle, small ways for CM12. Paul talks about querying SQL for Client Agent properties...
  • ConfigMgr 2012 - P2V Migration Toolkit

    Catching up with myself now I've recovered from the "Epic Flu" :-) Folks already blogged about this one, but its worth repeating just for what this slick tool is going to do for us when migrations from CM07 to CM12 begin ... The Configuration...