James O'Neill's blog

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

June, 2008

  • How I get the server I want: #2 Getting sound in Hyper-V

    Before I start - lets be clear THERE IS NO SOUND CARD IN A HYPER-V VM Good. Now that's out of the way lets talk about how we get sound in a Machine without a sound card - and this applies to a physical server too. Sitting in it's rack in the data-centre...
  • How to get PowerShell snapins to work on 64 bit

    I mentioned a problem with 64bit Powershell in my previous post: 3 snap-ins I've wanted to use have been packed for 32 bit and didn't work "out of the box" on 64 bit, so  I thought I'd give a generic guide to making snapins work on 64bit...
  • Setting up Domain controllers on Server Core.

    One of the things I have pointed people to a few times recently  is the Windows Server Core document in the step by step guides for Server 2008. Want to know how to install a role ? It's in there. Configure TCP/IP from the command line ? That's there...
  • Doubts and Powershell, Hyper-V KeyValue pairs and Hash tables.

    I've said a number of times that I think technical people are rarely secure in their own abilities; that they have a demon on their shoulder who whispers "You're not really, that good" ... "They'll find you out one day". I was talking...
  • Hyper-V PowerShell library - now on Codeplex

    I've decided to go ahead and post the PowerShell library I have been working on to Codeplex . I wanted to explain various bits of it here before pulling it all together, but that is taking more time than I wanted. I've provided early copies to a few people...
  • Scripting Sysadmin meme

    In response to Steve's Scripting/Sysadmin Meme and Richard's call out ... I've answered the questions, but I'm not going to tag anyone else. How old were you when you started programming? I was 12. I think my very first program calculated factorials What...
  • Finding Hyper-V servers in your domain

    One of the advantages of having Virtualization integrated with Windows is that the Hyper-V (and in fact Virtual Server 2005) registers itself in active directory so you can discover your servers easily - quite useful if servers start popping up like mushrooms...
  • Open-XML. This is what it's all about.

    I have been saying for ages that most IT professionals really don't give two hoots about Open-XML. It's a file format. Who cares ? The old file format had been around for ages, and was pretty opaque, so hardly anyone dug into it. The new format is XML...
  • How I get the server 2008 I want: #3: Vista look and feel

    I'll be the first to admit that Servers don't need to have the nice look and feel that we get with Desktop Operating Systems. But since the core of the OS is common to both it is possible. In Windows Server 2003 we had the XP Themes Service and if you...
  • How I get the server I want: #1 Disabling the shutdown event tracker

    I think that the shutdown event tracker came in in Server 2003, and I'm sure that in some data centres it is a very useful tool for logging why servers were manually shut down. On a demo system, it tends to be a nuisance. Hyper-v, for example, disables...
  • Hyper-V released !

    Over the last few days there have been rumours of the imminent release of Hyper-V, and now the news is officially on PressPass . In the next few minutes the following links will go live. Windows Server 2008 x64 Hyper-V Parent Partition This package...
  • Security, Security, Security.

    The story last week that someone had left a secret folder of documents on a train - which were then given to the BBC brought back memories for me. Shortly after my wife and I had moved into our first house, she brought home a brown paper envelope she...
  • Off topic. The not so sweet FA.

    For me to write a post about football (or Soccer if you prefer) - even on a Friday - is a pretty odd occurrence. I played Rugby instead and I'm not even an armchair fan of the game - would rather watch Motor Racing. I belong to that contingent who are...
  • Are people already ganging up on VMware ?

    I think with Hyper-V we're going to please an awful lot of people, but not everybody . There are some people who will need features Hyper-V doesn't have - indeed the future of VMware depends on the fact.I don't want to make the mistake of underestimating...
  • What operating systems are supported on Hyper-V ?

    I've explained before that Supported means "We are in a position to get a fix if a fault is found". Lots and Lots of operating systems are compatible with Hyper-V. Supported means we underwrite the OS with a fix guarantee. Although there is...
  • Surprise of the day. In praise of Roadchef.

    A few days ago I posted in praise of McDonalds for their free WiFi . So I shouldn't have been surprised to stop at the motorway services and find Roadchef (at least at Norton Canes , off the M6 Toll) are doing the same. But in an otherwise predictable...
  • Hyper-V. Of course it *had* to be yesterday

    If you're in the UK there's still time (just) to get last week's Money programme about Bill Gates and the end of an era from www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer . I was away when it was broadcast and nearly forgot. I blogged Bill's announcement when he made it, and...
  • Tech Registrations open...

    Last week we ran our Tech-ed event for the US, and we have just opened registrations for Tech-Ed for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Various other parts of the world have their own Tech-Ed events (I'm jealous of Eileen getting to go to one in New...
  • The Windows Server Virtualization Validation Programme

    I've mentioned this program a couple of times, and now on the Windows Server Catalog site we have a page which shows which vendors are testing their Virtualization products so they are qualified as just another "machine" on which Windows runs...