James O'Neill's blog

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

February, 2009

  • How to manage the Windows firewall settings with PowerShell

    I mentioned recently that I’m writing a PowerShell configuration tool for the R2 edition of Hyper-V server and Windows server core. One of the key parts of that is managing the firewall settings…. Now… I don’t want to plug my book too much (especially...
  • How to drive Twitter (or other web tools) with PowerShell

    First of all since I’ve mentioned twitter a few times recently I should say I have this cartoon of Hugh’s in my head as a warning . After a 10 days on Twitter I’m qualified to talk about it like an expert … There are some obvious points of interest...
  • Windows 7 : Photos, Gallery and AutoCollage.

    When I first started using Windows Vista it was the better experience for photographers which really hooked me in. Most common image formats use the EXIF standard for embedding data about the picture (everything from the camera model and settings, to...
  • Shutting down a lot of machines with Powershell.

    A lot of my free time last year went into a book and one of the chapters in the book is about working with Active Directory from PowerShell. Version 1 leaves you with some work to do, and although we’re plugging this gap with Server 2008 R2 and PowerShell...
  • Testing Windows 7 on a Laptop ? Try this

    One of the things which comes up from time to time is people saying “I don’t get as much battery life with this new OS as I used to … ” sometimes it is down to the configuration of the OS or its behaviour , but often it is due to the battery aging. In...
  • Windows 7 federated search.

    I was a little surprised to find it was nearly 3 years ago that I first wrote about Open Search… So first off… Open search provides a specification for XML to describe search services. It’s easy to build this XML, and there’s a Microsoft Page which builds...
  • Windows 7 SKUs

    We’ve announced what the “SKUs” will be for Windows 7 – I hate this term “Stock Keeping Unit” means anything with with a part number… But first a first a history lesson: XP had 5 SKUs Home Professional Tablet Media Center 64 bit Bad luck if you want a...
  • Support for Red Hat OSes on Microsoft Virtualization (and Vice Versa)

    One of the questions which comes up on our internal distribution lists for Hyper-V is “when will such and such and OS be supported on Hyper-V” and the somewhat frustrating response is usually in the form “We’re talking to OS vendors, but we can’t talk...
  • IE 8 – something else I’m growing to really like

    A few days back I wrote about acceleators in IE 8 and talked about how search box had been streamlined as well. I knew we’d re-worked how tabs worked but my first reaction was “yeah … but so what”. I’m a big fan of tabs: IE 7 changed my experience of...
  • A Job or two saved for my “PowerShell configurator”

    Somewhere in the queue of things to post is the remainder of my PowerShell configurator for Windows Server 2008 R2 Core and Hyper-VS Server R2. If you’re building a cluster the PowerShell CMDlets for clustering make that a breeze. Of course a cluster...
  • Windows 7 release candidate…

    First up, let me give my usual warning about ship dates. Those who talk don’t know, and those who know don’t talk. I said just after we made the beta of Windows 7 available Past experience has led me to a rule of thumb which says a beta runs for about...
  • How to use Advanced Queries in Windows search.

    If there was one single feature about Windows Vista which made me say “I’m never ever going back to Windows XP” it was search and the way search was integrated everywhere. True you can download Microsoft Search for Windows XP (and , as they say other...
  • Accelerators in IE8

    Internet Explorer 8 seems to be guided by the same “many little improvements” philosophy that has driven Windows 7 – or put another way it’s not packed with radical new features , and in some cases I find it hard to be sure if something really wasn’t...
  • Windows 7 and UAC

    From the start I thought User Account Control was a big step forward for Vista I tended to brush off any complaints about UAC, for 3 reasons Most of the appearances of UAC appear during the initial setup of the machine. If this is onerous, then you can...
  • Two useful Hyper-V links

    A short post by my standards On the server core blog, Chuck has posted Top Issues for Microsoft Support for Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V , which makes an interesting read. If you do a lot of hyper-v you’ll probably stumble over one of these at some point...
  • Virtualization road show

    Earlier in the week we took the virtualization tour over the Irish Sea. Tuesday was Belfast – and with the snow, getting there was quite a challenge. I felt ill all day and didn’t think I’d delivered the content as well as I should have, but the feedback...
  • Can I get published if I say that rain is wet or snow is cold ?

    I saw this article earlier today. “The vast majority of all critical Microsoft vulnerabilities, some 92 per cent, could have been mitigated by removing the administrator rights of Windows users, a new report has revealed.” Strike out the numbers and the...
  • A collection of links for the weekend.

    Since I was talking recently about having a lot of tabs open in IE, it’s fair to say that a lot of them are open as things that might be worth writing about or sending people to; but not all of them actually get that follow-up Here’s the current selection...