May, 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.


  • MS tech.days UK - Manage consumer devices on a corporate network

    I’ll be attending this one, I see it is full now. If you’re attending and want to say hi just come on up and introduce yourself. Manage consumer devices on a corporate network Date: Tuesday, 22 May 2012 Topic: Cloud User: IT Pro Location: 200 Aldersgate...
  • Lab - System Center 2012 Configuration Manager - CMTrace

    I thought I’d write some stuff about CMTrace, the Configuration Manager free log tracing tool. I still find folks who don’t know how useful this tool is, not just for Configuration Manager logs, but during your daily admin tasks. You can...
  • Lab - System Center 2012 Configuration Manager - CAS - Do I need one

    Following on from my previous article on System Center 2012 Configuration Manager where I talked about setting up a good test last, we can now move on to whether we need a CAS for the company Configuration Manager is being installed into. You can read...
  • WMUG gets an upgrade

    Been a few months of fighting, with the upgrade to the latest version of the software that WMUG runs on, but today, I finally broke the last problem and, well, here it is We’re running Telligent Community Server 6.1 Rejigging the website layout next ...
  • AMD Trinity releases

    AMD released a new chip, Trinity, will it take the crown away from Intel and their i series? For the low down: For the geeky technical minded folk:
  • Upgrades

    Just finished the process of upgrading a Central SMS2003 (SQL2000) Site server to ConfigMgr 2007 (SQL 2005) ... I've never stared so intently at a wizard as it plodded through its tasks in all my life ... was dreading a failure occuring, that'd...
  • Lab - System Center 2012 Configuration Manager - The Lab

    This guide kicks off my tour of System Center 2012 Configuration Manager, and we begin with the foundation of your testing platform, the lab hardware. You can read this and more fantastic articles from Rob here