March, 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.


  • ConfigMgr 2012 RBA permissions

    Handy list of permissions for each security object Download here (Excel) Secret Sauce: select sot.ObjectTypeName, oo.OperationName from dbo.RBAC_SecuredObjectTypes as sot inner join dbo.RBAC_ObjectOperations as oo on sot.ObjectTypeID = oo...
  • Welcome to virus land Apple

    It really was inevitable wasn't it, and recently during a security discussion with peers I predicted that attention would move off of Windows as the single attack target of choice to include ... Apple MAC's ... Why? Because, it is a new market...
  • Star trek tricoder a reality

    Wonder if it has the original tricorder sounds?
  • Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 RC1 arrives

    … and brings with it ConfigMgr 2012 RC2 support. Result. Here’s a link to Michael Niehaus blog detailing the release.