James O'Neill's blog

Windows Platform, Virtualization and PowerShell with a little Photography for good measure.

September, 2007

  • PowerShell and Telnet.

    I've got a backlog of posts at the moment. Steve and I have been getting ready for the Road-show, and Windows deployment services, System Center Virtual Machine Manager, Virtual Server Clustering, iScsi, dual booting Windows Server 2003 & 2008, and...
  • "Perfidious Microsoft"

    I don't know whether to be angry or frustrated, and whether the target should be journalists who make mountains out of molehills, or the people in Redmond who give them the molehill to start with. Here's the story. The Windows update software changes...
  • Load up on guns, and bring your friends.

    The original Halo was the making of the original Xbox. It looked fantastic and sounded fantastic - spent shotgun cartridge bouncing brass end against a wall and then open onto the floor, spent shell cases from the machine gun tinkling as that bounced...
  • Tales from a weekend of PowerShell: Get-Needle -haystack ...

    First to explain the title: Sooner or later I will stop banging on about hot-desking and the bedlam which is our office area - last week it did seem to plumb new depths with one team sitting round a speaker phone in the open plan office yelling into a...
  • On Cartoons #1

    I've told the story before about introducing myself with the words 'I work-to-bring-about-the-Kingdom-of-the-anti-christ-on-earth' And I've shown my "Blue Monster" business card using one of Hugh's Cartoons. Well it looks like Hugh has another cartoon...
  • More tales from the weekend of PowerShell: a bit of a horror story

    I mentioned my weekend of PowerShell , and that I've been working on scripts for the Office Communications Server 2007 resource kit. One of the things we learnt in Live Communications Server 2005 was that TLS certificates caused a lot of grief either...
  • Other big news 2008 RC-0 and installing Windows server Virtualization.

    Windows server 2008 RC 0 is out! Regular readers may have noticed the link in last night's post . Once you've installed it you can go to add the virtualization role in Server manager ... and you'll find it isn't available. What you need to do is navigate...
  • Ferrari International Assistance

    " Ferrari International Assistance " , the FIA, the governing body of Motorsport, appear to be out of their minds . Anyone who can see the sense in the following, please post a comment. Someone in Team A sent someone in Team B a lot of information...
  • Silverlight and more Halo 3 fun,

    I posted before about use of Silverlight for the Halo3 videos - I've got to say the whole museum of humanity series is an impressive piece of work just to support Halo. There's also a an interactive manual that's well worth a look. I'm disappointed to...
  • What happens if you break a Microsoft embargo

    Today has been Halo3 day. Marred for me by the fact that I've been on the Road away from my Xbox, and unable to pick-up my copy. Marred too by the fact that I missed my chance to get a copy of legendary edition. You may have read that Argos distributed...
  • WyMiwyg

    Eileen says I'm auditory (rather than visual or Kinaesthetic ). Odd for someone who spends so much of his time on photographs ... Does she say that because words fascinate me and I think up acronyms ? I coined the word Legumetrics - I just searched for...
  • Wanna see what Silverlight video streaming can do ?

    Eileen mentioned on her blog that the New Zealand tech-ed folk had posted their keynote in Silverlight. But with the Greatest respect to the presenters, they don't have the don't have the punch of these Halo 3 videos . One of them is pretty violent -...
  • The scientific reason why social networks don't do it for me.

    Somewhere in my school science lessons we were introduced to something that I know as the law of sheer cussedness ( Cussed, [Kússid] causing annoyance and anger, especially by being uncooperative). Basically if a chemical reaction which emits heat has...
  • A stapler on every desk and in every home

    Not everything about working for Microsoft UK is perfect. I've mentioned some of the daft e-mails we get (The ones which use great streams of long words to convey nothing. The "I'm pleased to announce improvements to X" kind, which list 10 things which...
  • So long Compact flash: a new camera

    It's amazing to see a technology to go from "new"to "Obsolete" in half a dozen years. I remember buying an IBM Microdrive in 2001 - a power hungry and rather unreliable device it was, the jacket for my iPAQ would take CF type II cards. A year later my...
  • Virtualization on tour, SCVMM Released and a peek at WSV

    I remember the first time I saw the comedian Eddie Izzard perform live, he walked onto the stage in Oxford, and looked around the audience. There wasn't a single empty seat. He said "I've sold out! People always say 'Stay true to yourself and never sell...
  • On Cartoons #2: Software / Services. Desktop and centre

    Hugh drew this, and Steve Clayton talks about it on his blog . I was going to post something about it here, but then I found myself saying something on an internal discussion (about when our Unified Communications offering competes with Cisco and when...
  • The truth will out...

    Years ago, during the Browser wars I got a quote from a friend of mine (I'll call him "David", because his parents did). "There are two companies in this Market. One delivers less, but has a huge market share, and takes it's customers for granted. And...
  • Sun to become Windows Server OEM.

    That's a title I never expected to type. Check calendar. No it's not April 1st. I got a mail annoucing this, but it's not yet on it's now on Presspass , but and it's on Sun's home page right now with a link to " Get the news and replay audio cast " ...
  • Colin McRae

    Not the the game he lent his name to but the man himself. His helicopter crashed yesterday afternoon ; there were no survivors although the dead have not been formally identified it is understood that Colin was among them.[ Update. The BBC are saying...
  • Europe ...

    It was interesting to watch peoples reactions to the findings of the European Court of First instance yesterday. Whilst I'm the first to admit that Microsoft is not the most popular institution in the world, it was clear that the European Union (here...
  • Windows Server Virtualization beta availability (soon !)

    I've got to admire my colleague Rick Claus over on the Canadian IT pro blog . See, While I don't have time to read my own company's press releases, Rick manages to do his job and read them. He read this one and found a quote from Larry Orecklin (Larry...
  • Feeling that you might be certifiable ?

    In the Microsoft Certified professional sense that is. I've taken over 40 of the exams since 1993, and I haven't failed one yet so I'm a bit nervous of doing an exam that might spoil that record. More normal people worry about doing taking the exam too...