May, 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.

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  • Watering Johans hydration kit results in kittens! No ConfigMgr 2012 Beta 2!

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    That Johan Arwidmark bloke made YAHK , Yet Another Hydration Kit for ConfigMgr 2012 Beta 2. It'll build out a ConfigMgr lab environment consisting of two DC's and one Primary, using Powershell and a few bits and pieces such as W2K8R2, SQL2008...
  • ConfigMgr support announcements for May 2011

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    An announcement on ConfigMgr supported configurations changes for May 2011 over here What's new? App-V 4.6 SP1 is now supported, giving us support for Win7 and Win2008R2. I know a lot of you have been waiting for this and here we finally are...
  • System Center Updates Publisher 2011 RTM

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    Jason Lewis announces that System Center Updates Publisher 2011 has gone RTM. This version has an impressive line up of features, as well as an entirely knew interface! Check it out here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=083f45ca...
  • ConfigMgr 2007 SP2 - Task sequence does not run if it has lots of Install Software steps

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    The hotfix has been released for the recently discussed ConfigMgr 2007 SP2 task Sequence has lots of Install Software steps failure issue. Check it out here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2516517
  • Best of MMS 2011–Belgium

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      The Best of MMS Belgium is being held on the 15th of June 2011, register for attendance either in personal or virtually. Best of MMS 2011 will provide the best possible opportunity to learn about the latest IT Management products, solutions and...
  • Opalis(Orchestrator): ConfigMgr 2007 IP Extensions

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    News on an extension to the Scopalis ConfigMgr IP ... One of our favorite community members, Ryan Andorfer, has just created a new community IP for Configuration Manager 2007! You may know Ryan from his previous IP’s (available on CodePlex) for...
  • ConfigMgr 2007 - SQL 2008 - Reporting made easy by John Marcum

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    John Marcum MVP wrote an awesome beginners guide to generating ConfigMgr 2007 reports using SQL 2008. Well, I did something like this a while back, and the only reason I bring it up, is not to steal some of Mr Marcums thunder, but because I wrote it...
  • ConfigMgr 2007 / 2012 Documentation update for May 2011

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    The SMSDOCS team have released the May 2011 update to the ConfigMgr 2007 Documentation Library And yes, you didn't read that wrong, the ConfigMgr 2012 documentation Library is up and browsable. Lots has been added, worth reading the release...
  • System Center Online Authentication Cert for AI has expired

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    Yep that's right, the System Center Online Authentication Certificate for Asset Intelligence has expired, and you'll need to replace it to overcome the sync issues you are probably seeing right now :-) http://blogs.technet.com/b/configmgrteam...
  • Windows 7 - what\How it knows about your netconn

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    Worth a read on an interesting aspect of Microsoft Networking on Windows 7 ... http://tech.slashdot.org/story/11/05/17/2355256/How-Windows-7-Knows-About-Your-Internet-Connection?utm_source=rss1.0&utm_medium=feed I think I might try to setup...
  • Opalis becomes Orchestrator

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    A good choice of name for the rebrand of the System Center Opalis. Adam Hall MSFT put together an awesome blog post letting us know what to expect from this next release. You should definitely take a look at what Opalis\Orchestrator looked this over,...
  • SVCHOST.EXE - What am I running

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    Today I had to show someone how to identify which SVCHOST.EXE process was running the WMI service. It was easily done in Process Explorer, job done, but after I googled around to draw together some more "resources" for them, to peruse to learn...
  • Everest in 3DDDDDDDDDD

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    I like it :-) http://www.everest3d.de/
  • System Center Opalis Intergration Server 6.3 - Unleashed

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    Wow this book is AMAZING ! I've not even read it yet, it has a cast of thousands according to the front jacket (3 main authors, 3 sub-authors?!) ... I know at least one of the Chapters is going to rock your socks off because it was written by WMUG's...
  • Chris Nackers - Creating an MDT test environment

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    Great advice from Chris Nackers and Johan Arwidmark on establishing a test environment and how to speed up your testing cycle real fast. If you are doing OSD\MDT you should be reading this. Thanks Chris (and Johan!) ! http://blogs.catapultsystems...
  • Abraham Wang - Client Health in Configuration Manager 2012 Beta 2

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    Excellent run through the Client Health feature of ConfigMgr 2012 by Abraham Wang at MS. http://blogs.technet.com/b/configmgrteam/archive/2011/05/03/client-health-in-configuration-manager-2012-beta-2.aspx I saw this feature in action at the MVP...
  • Clifton Hughes - ConfigMgr 2007 Bare Metal Win7 Task Sequence Deployment with the Enable Bitlocker Step

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    Priceless information, thanks for bringing this all together Clifton! ConfigMgr 2007 Bare Metal Win7 Task Sequence Deployment with the Enable Bitlocker Step
  • Steve Rachui - How to create offline or standalone USB media for OS Deployment in ConfigMgr

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    Another good article from the blogs on Technet for ConfigMgr. This one, is a summarisation of content already in the ConfigMgr Documentation Library, but brings it all together in one place for us, with a step by step walk through to boot. How to...
  • Clifton Hughes is at it again - ConfigMgr 2007 Basic User Driven Install TS step by step

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    I'm liking the stuff Clifton Hughes from MS is turning out. This time it is ConfigMgr 2007 Basic User Driven Installation Task Sequence Step by Step and defo worth a read!
  • Unbelievable piloting of an out of control airliner on a test run

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    Just incredible, http://jalopnik.com/5798447/watch-an-out+of+control-russian-jetliner-barely-avoid-a-crash
  • Moniitor your ConfigMgr\SMS2003 Backups via a report

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    Essentially I wanted to know what sites haven't backed up within a given date range (a day and a half since last backup), and those that have never backed up (never reported a backup). Groovy stuff, not so easy to determine though, or so it would...
  • ConfigMgr Client in workgroup or untrusted domains

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    I've written a few documents covering this, but never for the community, always an employer! Well Clifton Hughes over at MS has taken opportunity to bring together all the nuggets of information on aiding ConfigMgr to support workgroup based or...
  • App-V 4.6 SP1 Sequencer CLI

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    Check out the improvements in the App-V 4.6 SP1 Sequencer CLI ! A CLI, now that brings back fond memories ... The Command Line Sequencer, or CLI, has been improved with the App-V 4.6 SP1 release of the Sequencer. The Sequencer now has the ability...