October, 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.


  • Install ConfigMgr 2012 Release Candidate 1 in a lab

    Welcome to my System Center Configuration Manager 2012 Release Candidate 1 installation guide If you work your way through this guide, you'll have ConfigMgr 2012 up and running in your lab within a few hours and can mess around with the new...
  • ConfigMgr 2012–Release Candidate has arrived

    Cancel all your appointments, and get ready to download and install the next iteration of the ConfigMgr product, Configuration Manager 2012 Release Candidate 1. So much has changed since Beta 2, but over the coming days I’ll be running off, as...
  • Standing on the shoulders of Giants

    Aptly titled article over on Wired, about the passing of Dennis Ritchie, titled Standing on the shoulder of giants. http://www.wired.com/wiredenterprise/2011/10/thedennisritchieeffect/ Yeah so apt, as those that underpin the computing industry are...
  • Dennis Ritchie passed away

    To put it simply, “almost every day, almost everyone who uses a computer, will have touched on something that Dennis Ritchie gave away”. Truly a pioneer of modern computing. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dennis_Ritchie http://boingboing.net/2011/10/12...