James O'Neill's blog

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

April, 2008

  • Microsoft and VMware and approaches

    We're two dates into our roadshow and I've twice been asked to do a comparison of VMware and Microsoft in the high availability area. So lets go back to basics a second. Microsoft is involved in lots of areas of software, covering: Operating Systems,...
  • Accessing the Hyper-V API: disks.

    ... In which we create compact, mount, unmount vhds In my last post I said " There are two WMI objects which do most of the work", and mentioned the one named "Msvm_ImageManagementService". I spent last week with  poor Internet...
  • On the road again ...

    The whole team has been out on doing Technet Roadshows this week, first in Cardiff and then in London. I never like the first date of tour because, no matter how much we rehearse beforehand things don't click into place until we've gone through a real...
  • More on the accessing the Hyper-V API from Powershell

    ... In which we find VMs, them choose one, start them, stop them , and connect to them. I spent more of the last week than I planned looking at Hyper-V and Powershell, and I'm getting dangerously close to calling myself an expert. There are two WMI objects...
  • Humphrey Lyttelton. 1921-2008.

    On the Roadshow we have been in Cinemas so it seemed appropriate to have a round of IT professional's film club, an idea which we lifted from Radio 4's "I'm sorry I haven't a clue". I've never really taken to any other Radio station: I can remember...
  • SCVMM: If you go down to connect today, you're sure of a nice surprise

    There were rumours that it would be announced at MMS, but I didn't want to comment on them until the announcement was made. System Center Virtual Machine Manager has gone beta . On the (recently revamped) home page of http://connect.microsoft.com , if...
  • Newton's third Law of presentations

    "Every reaction to presentation has an equal and opposite reaction" Well I guess I asked for it yesterday, I think it worked very well to have 2 people presenting and bouncing off one another - makes a very big difference and kept things interesting...
  • Licensing event on 15th April

    There's no getting away from it, licensing software gets complicated: in fact I've been know to joke that with 40 odd technical certifications and a degree in computer science, I'm nowhere near clever enough to understand it. Well help is at hand, George...
  • It's official, Office Open XML is an ISO standard

    ISO have posted the official news to their web site, and the less than inspiring title, " ISO/IEC DIS 29500, Information technology – Office Open XML file formats, has received the necessary number of votes for approval as an ISO/IEC International...
  • Blockers. What would we want from IE 8... or 9

    I have used this blog to grumble about "Flash turds" - those super-annoying adverts whose determination to grab the eye brings them to the point of being a test for epilepsy. I'm not seeing many of them being built in Silverlight, yet, but it...
  • Who says health and safety people have no sense of humour ?

    This from a colleague who says her team's blog is far to serious for this kind of Friday afternoon frivolity. I was walking through [Microsoft UK Building 5]  lobby and saw one of our maintenance guys putting up a display box with a sword in it....
  • SD cards (again)

    I was about to say some things about Vista and TV when I realized I had actually said them a few months ago When your TV programmes are FILES there's a different psychological relationship to them compared with TAPE . VHS cassettes were something you...
  • Core! that firewall management has some tricks.

    Quite a lot of the last few days has gone into preparation for the Road-Show and making sure I had all the things right for show Windows Server Core. Core, as you probably know by now, is server 2008 with support of only a subset of features, and most...