James O'Neill's blog

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

March, 2008

  • Remote Server Admin tools for Vista

    Hard on the heels of the news of management tools for Hyper-V , I find that the folks in Redmond chose a UK public holiday to release all the Admin tools for Windows Vista to manage Servers. The package is described in KB941314 - which doesn't seem to...
  • Manage Hyper-V from Vista

    I nearly leaked this ahead of time; as part of the Release Candidate for Hyper-V we have released a version of of the management console to run on Windows Vista SP1. (No, to the best of my Knowledge we don't have plans of a version which runs on XP or...
  • VMware and Powershell

    Fair's fair. I've taken VMware to task when they, or their bloggers, post something which I think is false. Or the more blatant I think falsehood, the more outspoken my condemnation. Although it's might make a for a simpler view of the world to be attacking...
  • Powershell Tab expansion

    One of the things which annoys me about Powershell is that having (in effect) extended the available commands with functions and filters, Tab expansion doesn't find them. I was aware that people have done some clever things extending Tab-expansion ( Power...
  • We could be heroes ... just for one day.

    Today's launch event was one of the best I've been to and the feedback from everyone I spoke to seemed to be the same. I'm typing after midnight that at end of ... well not exactly a perfect day. Besides leaving my camera at home, fatigue and the effects...
  • Powershell in Birmingham

    For those in the audience, the files needed for this demo are in my skydrive folder (link on the left of this blog in the "NEWS" box or use this link ).  Unfortunately having run through the demo for the last time I moved 3 files from my...
  • Hyper-V Release candidate officially announced

    A few minutes ago, in Clive's session at the UK server launch event, our UK product manager announced that later today the Release Candidate of Hyper-V will be available for download . We committed to "within 180 days of the RTM of Server 2008"...
  • Vista SP1 now on Windows update.

    I'm in Birmingham for the Windows Server 2008/SQL Visual Studio Launch. We British Microsofties tease our American colleagues for saying that they are "Super-Excited" about things, but I even I'm feeling the excitement - or maybe it's a combination...
  • Building dangerous things into products.

    In the comments an earlier post , "PMunro" raised an interesting point, and I mentioned it when talking to [a well known firm who visited us this week]. Back when I had my first had my grubby mitts on a copy of "Windows Server Virtualization"...
  • VMware - running hot enough to cook the figures

    It's quite amusing to see the VMware blogger ( Citrix's blog names him as Eric Horschmann) has come back with a screen full of algebra to try justify it the post I commented on yesterday   VMware VI3 foundation VMware VI3 enterprise Free Hypervisor...
  • Reasons to go to San Diego.

    Eileen has already mentioned that she's going to San Diego (there's a song in there somewhere).  I've only been to San Diego once - the year I joined Microsoft - and it was jolly nice city for a conference, although after the flight back I asked...
  • Expensive Hypervisors - a bad idea even if you can afford them

    There's a saying in politics People will fall more easily for a big lie than for a small one*. I think someone at VMware has picked this up because they're trying a really big lie . VMWare doesn't need memory. Or to quote the post more precisely: VMware...
  • Looking after customers...

    I'm back from my holiday, and as usual after a break trying to get back into the swing of things ... Various observations seem to link together. Connecting flights in Miami rather than Nassau saved me money but it wasn't worth it. Miami International...