January, 2012

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.


  • Replacement file system for Windows

    Microsoft readying up a new File System, say hello to ReFS , and goodbye NTFS Some chatter on it: http://www.channelregister.co.uk/2012/01/18/microsoft_refs/ http://www.zdnet.com/blog/microsoft/microsoft-goes-public-with-plans-for-its-new-windows-8-file...
  • System Center 2012 - No longer cloudy (sorry couldn't help myself!)

    Check out the Microsoft System Center keynote (Brad Anderson and Satya Nadella), big reveals in there! Universal installer ... Watch the video ... Still trying to work out what the 'vision' is? Read on ... http://www.informationweek.com...
  • Choosing site codes for your Hierarchy

    When it comes to choosing site codes you have 3 characters to play with, and while crafting a new site code you should be aware there are a bunch of reserved site codes that cannot be used, these are AUX, NUL, PRN, CEN. There is a KB for this, it has...
  • WMUG - Available Videos

    We've got a bunch of videos building up on the site, thought I'd index them and locate in an easy to find place on the website. You'll find them in the following Group called Training Videos Here's a list of the videos there today:...
  • Commodore 64 hits 30 this week

    The Commodore 64 will be 30 years old this week (06/01/12) I remember my first C64, and, yep I feel old :-) Here's a write up I found out there (thanks to PC Authority) http://www.pcauthority.com.au/News/168019,vintage-tech-looking-back-at...
  • WMUG Video - Wally Mead - Technical Overview of ConfigMgr 2012 - Video now online

    Took me a bit of time, but we just got the first of three videos taken at the recent WMUG November 4th 2011 event presented by Wally Mead. This, the first of three videos, is a technical overview of the ConfigMgr 2012 product itself. WMUG-Nov4...
  • System Center 2012 Vision event

    President of Server and Tools Satya Nadella and Corporate Vice President of System Center and Management Brad Anderson will be presenting the System Center 2012 Vision! Be warned, the word Cloud is going to be used a lot. The event is online and...
  • Microsoft ConfigMgr 2012 Courses

    Bechir Gharbi another MVP in ConfigMgr brought this up, two MOC’s for ConfigMgr 2012, both to be available first half of this year according to the links:   Course 10747A Administering System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Published: April 26...
  • Awarded MVP ConfigMgr 2012

    A nice treat in my mailbox at the beginning of the year (2012): What a result, and this year is release year for ConfigMgr 2012. It’s going to be a great 12 months of covering the release of a very special Microsoft’s System Management product!