June, 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.


  • Final Cut Pro X debacle

    Check this video out, had me in stitches! http://www.boingboing.net/2011/06/27/conan-obriens-video.html#comment-1149870 Comments on that article say it all really ... a very sad day for many a video editor :-( More here explaining what is missing...
  • More hackery

    Received this in my mailbox this morning, forgot all about NWN, shame about their servers :-( We recently learned that hackers gained unauthorized access to the decade-old BioWare server system supporting the Neverwinter Nights forums. We immediately...
  • Brilliant approach to connecting a musician with their fans and bypassing Da Man

    I thought this was an excellent, albiet short read on how a musician found new ways to reach out to her fans. Kim Boekbinder sets the kind of example others should follow. This is so disruptive to large music labels, who prey on musicians. I have...
  • Thatcher throws Palin a wing nut!

    PMSL at the reaction from the Palinites! http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jun/09/margaret-thatcher-sarah-palin-meeting This is about as political as I get, I grew up in Thatchers time so it had some relevence! Update: The daily mash folk...
  • Turn off the reality distortion field when you look at Apple and you see this

    Sheesh, you'd think Apple, what with their reputation, wouldn't be so blatant as to do this? http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/06/08/apple_copies_rejected_app/ That's hard, your own developers man :-(
  • ConfigMgr 2012 Beta 2 Build 7561 - Creating a low rights user using RBA

    This is a brief and silent 6 minute video showing how to utilise Role Based Administration to create a new user with a custom security role and scope. The idea is to highlight how easy it is to accomplish the task using ConfigMgr 2012. ConfigMgr...