April, 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.


  • System Center 2012 Configuration Manager forums

    The SC12CM MS Social forums are available now: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/category/systemcenter2012configurationmanager
  • Alan Touring - Obits - Interesting reading

    Alan Turings obit qoutations ... Makes for interesting reading http://synthesist.net/music/2012/04/obituary-quotations/
  • System Center 2012 Configuration Manager - RTM

    It's been RTM for a while, but MMS needed to happen before I could call it out. So ... System Center 2012 Configuration Manager is now RTM !!! And yep, that is how it is called now, SC2012CM and not ConfigMgr 2012 :-<> Check out the...
  • Sinclair Spectrum turns 30

    I had a few of these, home of 8 bit games ... http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-17776666 ... it introduced colour "high resolution" graphics and sound. Good grief! If Sinclair hadn't of blasted the Acorn BBC out of the water...
  • Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2012 - RTM!

    Yep, Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2012 has RTM'd !!! Check it out here What's new: Some of the key changes in MDT 2012 are: Comprehensive tools and guidance to efficiently manage large-scale deployments of Windows 7...
  • ConfigMgr 2012 articles from the CM PG

    Jason Githens from the ConfigMgr product group knocked out a few articles for us on System Center Endpoint Protection and Software Updates Management: · Launching a Windows Defender Offline Scan with Configuration Manager 2012 OSD ·...
  • How Titanic influenced wireless communications

    Excellent article from IEEE on how the tragic loss of the Titanic led to a revolution in ship to ship and ship to shore wireless communications technologies (Marconi anyone?!) http://spectrum.ieee.org/static/the-titanics-role-in-radio-reform
  • We are but memories - memories in other peoples heads

    So worth the read ... http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/2012/04/i_remember_you.html
  • Think Microsoft is the evil doer? Read on ...

    Thinking that Microsoft is the big bad boy of the IT Industry? Maybe this will change you mind slightly ... http://www.infoworld.com/d/microsoft-windows/microsoft-in-the-media-unfair-and-unbalanced-190570 Microsoft get real bad press for the slightest...
  • The Empire Strikes Back!

    Apple admit they have a malware problem. That is a good first step from a company as immature in the security world as it is. Plenty of time for them to get tooled up like the others I guess. If you check their documentation and website you'll find...
  • Jack Tramiel - C64 - Game over - No more coins to insert

    Game over for Jack Tramiel, another real legend leaves us, and one that deserves tribute for his selfless dedication to what was really his hobby. He was another industry changer. A true legend and a giant in terms of achievements. He left us with...
  • Windows 8 theme for Android

    Windows 8 them on Android ... how cool is that! Takes a bit of tinkering to get it on but if you're wanting the tile look here it is: http://www.talkandroid.com/104848-check-out-this-awesome-metro-ui-theme-for-all-ics-and-honeycomb-tablets/...
  • Mac attack

    About 600,000 MAC’s have the Flashback Trojan installed. Big numbers   http://www.techweekeurope.co.uk/news/mac-flashback-600000-infected-apple-71604
  • ConfigMgr 2007 Security permissions

    Following on from my ConfigMgr 2012 RBA permissions post , I thought I'd put up the ConfigMgr 2007 Security permissions even though it has been around a while :-) This data was formed via a script from John Nelson , output dumped into Excel and...