February, 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.


  • Raspberry Pi –General release

      Thinking of purchasing one of these when I get back to Blighty, proper retro, take me back to my childhood!   Sexeh!   http://www.raspberrypi.org/
  • Windows 8 Server Beta is out!

    Now this is worth checking out for us admins to see what our data center experience will look like once this puppy starts deploying. Here’s the doco’s And the filez here Have to get this into my lab when I get back from the MVP Summit 2012 !!!
  • Windows 8 Consumer Preview available now

    Yep its out and you can download the 32/64 bit versions in multiple languages.   Some of the prerequisites are: Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit) Hard disk space: 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit...
  • TRENT IMP1000

    I bought this, arrived yesterday, http://www.amazon.co.uk/New-Trent-iCruiser-IMP1000-Blackberry/dp/B004CHMP50 Should recharge my smartphone and tablet during a 9hr flight out to Seattle ... I'll pop back in a week to comment on its performance...
  • Another search engine

    Someone just introduced me to another search engine, Zanran, a friend of a friend of a friend of a friend ... knows the designer! (LOL!) It searches web images, graphs, charts and tables ... http://zanran.com/q/
  • Thailand floods and the price of HHDs

    Worth a read for those not aware that disk prices went through the roof shortly after the floods in Thailand last year ... http://www.techspot.com/guides/494-hard-drive-pricewatch-thai-floods/
  • A Swarm of Nano Quadrotors

    Meet our robot overlords … Experiments performed with a team of nano quadrotors at the GRASP Lab, University of Pennsylvania. I want 1 … hundred ! Rise my evil creations, time to take over the world muhahah
  • Top 10 console changes in ConfigMgr 2012

    Worth checking out, the new ConfigMgr 2012 console has a stack of new features, entirely rewritten, its a lot faster and far more usable than the ConfigMgr 2007 console ... Top 10 Admin Console Improvements in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager
  • Windows Phone 8 details

    Microsoft move to create a bridge between the desktop and the new Windows 8 smartphone, by reusing the Windows 8 (W8) OS Kernel for Windows 8 Mobile, developers can re-use their code on the smartphone. More info here , here and here
  • BDNA SCCM (they meant ConfigMgr!) GURU Webcast Series

    Just saw that Sherry Kissinger is presenting on the SCCM Guru Webcast series , been meaning to blog this as they came up, there’s been quite a few top quality ones done already, like these 7 . Very nice! Sherry presented for WMUG a while back, check that...
  • Linux File System Fsck Testing – now that is hardcore geekage

    Just read an article about XFS and Ext4 with stupid storage sizes like wtf?!?! I’d like to have that test kit … token nod to Jerryey Layton, EnterpriseStorageForum for the read
  • Guide to Surviving with System Center 2012 Configuration Manager

    If you’re studying up on ConfigMgr 2012 at the moment, make this your homepage! System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Survival Guide Lots of people are contributing links and content so you’ll see this grow rapidly … there's a stack of awesome...