James O'Neill's blog

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

August, 2008

  • It's rude to laugh at other people's misfortunes - even VMware's

    That was one of my mother's regular sayings when I was young. OK Not the bit about VMware. So I didn't laugh when I saw a thread on VMware's community forum entitled BIG bug in ESX 3.5 Update 2 - If you're using 3.5u2 read this now! - A general system...
  • Cars, jobs, and retailing. Why belief matters

    A few days ago now, I ordered the replacement for my company car. If you don't live in the UK, it's probably news to you that our tax system means that many people get a car and fuel as part of their salary. Those who qualify at Microsoft get to choose...
  • PowerShell from Excel (oh oh, VMware again)

    VMware are a competitor and so when things go wrong for them I'll point it out (and to answer Nick, a regular commenter: No, that's not FUD. Saying "VMware had a failure here, so you can extrapolate from that to unspecified future failures"...
  • Terminal Services Easy print

    At the end of Wednesday's session in London, we got round to Terminal services easy print. For those who weren't there, Easy Print is a mechanism for re-directing printers through the Terminal Services Client (MSTSC.EXE aka Remote Desktop Connection)...
  • A novel password policy

    Setting up some demo servers recently Steve and I tripped over the Windows 2008's default password policy: it needed to be relaxed to get to easy password we use in demos. Steve advocates pass-phrases "IHateChangingmyPasswordEvery30Days" is...
  • Photosynth - follow up

    My post last week on Photosynth was best with gremlins - first I managed to link to PhotoSyth (missing the N). The www.Photosynth.com stopped re-directing to www.photoSynth.net . Then the interest was so high that the servers couldn't keep up and more...
  • Mail stress.

    I started typing this blog post at 07:21. Outlook has already received the first 50 items of the day. Most of which were from night-owls in the US, a few from Asia/Pacific, and only a couple from European insomniacs. Yesterday it pulled down at least...
  • A great demo of Google's privacy issues.

    Back when I was a student, there seemed to more cases of newspapers invading people's privacy (or possibly we were just more aware of them) , and the thought struck me just what a wheeze it would be to publish the details of the private lives of newspaper...
  • Interesting Citrix event, London, September

    Chatting to my opposite number at Citrix today I found that they have a Virtualization event coming up. Entitled Unlock the Power of Virtualisation it's taking place at Old-County Hall in London on 17th September, and the details are registration link...
  • Server Virtualization Validation Program (SVVP) take 2.

    Various people noticed that VMware were not on the list of companies participating in the SVVP. Any player in virtualizing Windows workloads needs to be on the program: don't participate and your customers don't get properly supported. There is no valid...
  • Mornington Crescent and Geoffrey Perkins.

    A couple of years ago I had occasion to pass through Mornington Crescent station in London and was touched to find that someone had thought to put a plaque up in memory of I'm Sorry a Haven't A Clue regular Willie Rushton , I guess if they haven't planned...
  • Virtualization: Licensing and support changes

    I was briefed a few days ago about changes to licensing to make life easier for people doing virtualization.  I think our server applications have done a good job of adapting their licences for a world where they run in virtualized machine. That...
  • A Nice little Milestone for my PowerShell Hyper-V management library

    As is the way for these things I never wrote in a diary "Started work on a  PowerShell management library Windows 2008 Hyper-V " I know that I first showed it during April's road show and so it must have begun in March. In June I opened...
  • Blogcast part 2 - and one of my favourite bits of feedback

    Jonathan mailed me to say that part 2 of our interview is now posted and he's off to the same event in Sweden as Richard and hopes to record some more stuff while he's out there. Part 1 - which Jonathan called the "Pilot" seems to have been...
  • Microsoft Virtualization User Group

    I think I can claim a first for the UK, we have a Microsoft Virtualization User Group.   I'll wait and see if anyone from another Microsoft subsidiary corrects me and says their has been running for years. When we recording our Podcast , Jonathan...
  • IE 8 is coming: are you ready ?

    IE8 has features to please users, which makes me expect a pretty rapid uptake (Read Eileen for a user's eye view of accelerators) . We've also tried to remove the standards issues which annoy developers. Here's the problem though. If you have diverged...
  • Windows 7

    Not surprisingly I get a lot of questions about future versions of products. Typically I get things like When Vista shipped Microsoft led us to expect to have a 3 year life, that would mean a replacement at the end of 2009. What's the news on that ? Server...
  • PowerShell in Sweden... Get-Audience -location Stockholm

    Richard, who runs the UK PowerShell user group is on our "Most Valuable Professional" programme as one of those all round good guys who other new user groups talk to for advice. He's had a hand in launching other PowerShell groups and this morning...
  • Looks like September for SCVMM

    The most senior Microsoft person ever to tell me off for something did so for my repeating of something which was circulating at IT-Forum last year - that there was a plan to sync up the release of the new version of System Center Virtual Machine Manager...
  • Virtual Machine clustering in London, how we did it.

    Wednesday's event in London was fun, and we managed not to talk too much about VMware's mishap: I joked at one point that once the VMware folks would be making T-Shirts in a few months with "I Survived August 12th, 2008" . (Buried in the back...
  • Photosynth - 3 words. Create Your Synth

    I've mentioned Photosynth a few times , and I had a mail this morning which said we've have gone live with a public version. You can read the press release here , but really just go to http://www.photosynth.net/ . Have a look at what others have done...