James O'Neill's blog

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

January, 2009

  • Live Migration in Hyper-V R2

    There are videos on-line already showing Live-Migration in action and I’m working on one to show how it its set up. In the mean time if you have the beta of server 2008 R2 there is a good guide on TechNet on how to set it up for yourself. Of course I...
  • Checking and enabling Remote Desktop with PowerShell

    A couple of posts back I mentioned that I was working on a configuration library for Server 2008 R2 Core and Hyper-V Server R2 and this includes checking and setting the configuration for remote desktop. It turns out that this is controlled from just...
  • On Geekdom, Windows Live, Twitter and Stephen Fry. Just another weekend post.

    First , a geeky joke which my wife told me after hearing it on BBC Radio 2. “I bought a book called 1001 things to do with binary. But when I got it home it only had nine in it”. While we’re with all things Geeky, I always thought that proper developers...
  • A couple more neat things in Windows 7 – printing and the task bar.

    A while back I wrote about exhibiting Aspergers type behaviours and as well as hating background noise this also manifests itself in a powerful dislike of things bouncing round on the screen. Putting “Flash” into the search box on this blog will show...
  • Managing Windows Update with PowerShell

    I mentioned some of the server management and config tools I’ve been creating with Server 2008 R2 core in mind, and I’m going to put the major bits here. I’ll post the whole script at the end of the set of posts but for now here is the code to look after...
  • PowerShell and the smarter command line.

    I mentioned I was doing some PowerShell work to manage configuration on the R2 versions of Windows Server 2008 Core and Hyper-V server (which now support PowerShell), and somebody in Redmond asked me if I knew  there were tools out there to do this...
  • Camera-phones One Note and OCR.

    Everyone uses different bits of office. There’s a core piece that everyone uses and then we all have our personal 10%. I like the OCR feature of One-Note. For example on the way to the BETT show a few days back I saw an advert on the tube that’s a grander...
  • New build of my PowerShell library for Hyper-V on codeplex

    Some naked statistics 1942 – the number of lines of code in HyperV.PS1 499 – the number of lines of formatting XML 14,381 – the number of words in the documentation file 2443 - the number of downloads of the last version 929 – the number...
  • PowerShell 2, Server Core R2 and Hyper-V server R2

    With all the betas out at the moment I’ve been trying to get up to speed on both Windows 7 (by using it) and Windows Server 2008 R2 , and Hyper-V server R2 as well. If you’re a regular reader you won’t be surprised to know that I’m excited by what...
  • End of availability for the Windows 7 Beta

      Over on Windows 7 Team Blog , Brandon has a post explaining that we are coming to the end of the availability period for the beta. Originally we said it would be available until at least this weekend, but downloads are going to continue into February...
  • A Windows 7 Evening with Mark Russinovich

    I’ve mentioned Tom Lehrer before and one of his albums is entitled “An evening wasted with Tom Lehrer” which is often how I think of my own presentations. I got a mail about an evening event (7PM UK time) which is happening in February, given it is Mark...
  • A new bit of Windows 7 (for me)

    Someone sent me a couple of good links about new bits Tim Sneath's bumper list of Windows 7 Secrets , and Brandon's list of Hotkeys. Both are worth a look. If [Window] [+] and [Window][-] zoom in Server 2008 R2 it’s going to help demos enormously. On...
  • Songsmith again.

    Amazing how a Picture goes around , I found it on Eileen’s blog she found it on Jon’s blog .  Doing tech-desk duty at the BETT show last week I had the pleasure of directing questions on Songsmith to Eileen (I’ve got it but haven’t sorted out an...
  • Progress or Luddism … why Windows 7 isn’t an F1 car

    Jason Perlow at ZD Net thinks I called him a luddite. Actually I said one of his colleagues barely stopped short of using the L word.   Jason complained that “The “ Run ” option is no longer directly accessible from the Start Menu as a default behavior...
  • Fun and games with VHD files in the new OSes

    One of the new features for both Windows Server 2008 R2 and the Windows 7 client is support for Virtual Hard Disk files built into the OS. You can create fixed or dynamic disks and “attach” the tools for Hyper-V call this “mounting” a VHD and early stuff...
  • Hyper-V Server R2 Beta.

    Nice as Windows 7 client is, I’ve found myself feeling a more excited about Windows Server 2008 R2. Having banged on and on about how easy it is to set-up a cluster with Hyper-V on the original Server 2008, it turns out to be even easier. I’m trying to...
  • Downloading Windows 7 / Server 2008 R2

    It seems it wasn’t just our internal network servers which went into melt down – on Friday the rush to be one of the first 2.5 million to download Windows 7 was more than the exceeded capacity could cope with. On top of that, there’s a rumour doing the...
  • My first couple of hours with Windows 7

    I don’t talk much here about occasions when Microsoft’s internal workings get silly, but the last couple of days have been funny. We were fore-warned that Steve B would be announcing Windows 7 beta availability in his CES speech, but to prevent leaks...
  • Technet and betas

    Later today we will make Windows 7 beta available to anyone who wants it . “Anyone” is stretching the point, because there will only be a finite number of downloads/ product IDs available – 2.5 Million. Some of my fellow evangelists saw red over this...
  • Songsmith – there goes a chunk more time !

    Embarrassing personal revelation time. I sing in the car, in silly voices. Anyone who hasn’t heard me doing “Winston Churchill sings Dido’s ‘White Flag’” has had a lucky escape. I mention this because the folks in Microsoft research seem to have been...
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 client Betas on Technet

    I’m not exactly delighted to be be blogging at 3:13 in the morning, but I’m watching the keynote from CES. In the last 45 minutes we’ve published a press release about Windows 7. Steve Ballmer said that “Technet and MSDN subscribers can download it now...
  • Windows 7 – not a very well kept secret

    We’ve got a projector in the office which gathers various streams of news and shows them on the wall, and today it keeps talking about Windows 7. It seems SteveB is making a speech tonight and everyone expects it to announce the beta of Windows 7. ( Mary...
  • Lies,Damn lies and licence interpretations.

    From time to time people ask me who I write for, and I always say I write for myself in the hope that there are enough people out there like me to make a reasonable size audience. It always surprises me how many people inside Microsoft read this blog...
  • Thinking about 2009

    Once upon a time I studied economics. Listening to commentators telling us how bad things are and how much worse they are set to become makes me think about two things. First it is very easy to talk the economy into a downward way of thinking. Second...
  • Gas bills and the people ready business.

    It’s a constant puzzle to people from the US and Europe that Britain seems to be split brained about weights and measures. We buy our petrol in Litres, but our beer in Pints. My French car gives me a read-out of fuel consumption in Miles per Gallon, but...