James O'Neill's blog

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

October, 2008

  • PowerShell and Windows Media Player, part 1

    Stange bedfellows you might think but why shouldn’t media be scripted ? I was thinking this a couple of weeks ago. I wanted to run a video before I started a presentation. If the Presentation is due to start at 10:00, and the video is 3 minutes I want...
  • Virtualize or Virtualise ?

    I was presenting at a session on Virtualization on Friday, and the Organizer had collated all the slides together into one deck. And he had “corrected” my spelling of Virtualization because one of the other presenters used Virtualisation with an S. Every...
  • Scheduling task on Server 2008 – a Hyper-V snapshot

    I had a mail from Alessandro, asking about scheduling operations on Hyper-V; specifically he wanted to schedule the snapshotting of a virtual machine. The logic was already in my codeplex library , but it only needs a couple of the functions ( new-vmsnapshot...
  • Dude, where’s my script ?

    I’ve been working on a PowerShell script over the last few days which uses an XML file. (That’s another post in the stack). I had a nagging question about how to figure out where the script file is in order to because that’s where the XML file needs to...
  • PowerShell and Windows Media Player, part 2

    In the previous post on this topic I showed how to get a media player object $wmp = New-object  –COM WMPlayer.OCX And introduced functions which worked with its playListCollection , mediaCollection and CurrentPlaylist to implement Get-Playlist  ...
  • Hyper-v Server , what is it exactly ?

    I’ve got multiple blog posts on the go in Windows Live Writer at the moment, one talking of the relative dearth of posts recently. Last week the folks at VMware put up another post about Hyper-V server and in it actually found something nice to say about...
  • I, Assassin.

    [Another one of those looping posts for the weekend] I’ve been feeling a bit of pressure to get some stuff written and getting increasingly grumpy about the amount of background noise. Working on something last weekend, I lost it with the family because...
  • Mary Jo Foley and Windows pet peeves.

    It was interesting listening to Mary Jo at the event Eileen got together last week. Mark has a good write up. No two ways about, Mary Jo’s a PC:  there were a couple of comments she made which stayed with me one was that other companies  “can...
  • PowerShell, WMI and formatting

    I’ve been doing a ton of PowerShell recently, in which is part of the reason why the number of blog posts I’ve made has been down. One of the jobs has been to go back to some of the code I wrote a while back and examine how I handle WMI objects. At the...
  • Server 2008 AD Free Exams …

    I just had this in my mail with a request to share.  Most requests to “blog this” are on a fast track to the great electron recycler, but this is worth sharing. Here’s what Registration is open till October 25th for testing New Virtual Lab based...
  • Never, ever run executables which arrive unexpectedly by mail.

    I had this waiting for me on my home PC this morning. From: Microsoft [mailto:customerservice@microsoft.com] Sent: 10 October 2008 02:25 To: {My home account} Subject: Security Update for OS Microsoft Windows Dear Microsoft Customer, Please notice that...
  • SCVMM 2008 released.

    There’s Billy Connolly sample which I’ve had on my PC for ages. To use it recently at Virtualization events Steve Lamb had to edit 3 rude works out of 12 seconds. We want this, and that, We demand a share in that and most of that . Some of this and *...
  • High Performance computing Webcasts over the next two weeks

    I haven’t really said much about Windows HPC server 2008, which we launched recently as the successor to Compute Cluster Server. But there are some useful webcasts lined up , they’re early in the morning Redmond time, which puts them at then end of working...
  • Not just rewarding failure: 25% off voucher for passing exams.

    For a while now we’ve had a program called second shot for people taking MCP exams. Take an exam and if you fail you get a second shot at it on us. All very fine and good, breaking down barriers to people doing the exam if they’re afraid of wasting their...
  • Tech-ed for IT professionals next week

    Just a quick note to say that I will be spending next week in Barcelona. Anyone who is going who wants to meet up, feel free to mail me.