James O'Neill's blog

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

June, 2009

  • New Podcast available, of , er … me

    I think everyone hates hearing themselves recorded, and I’m no exception. But Tony Soper though what I had to say was interesting enough to record and post , we talked mostly about the PowerShell library I’ve done for Hyper-V and PowerShell in general...
  • “Thumbing” Windows 7 onto Netbooks – my experience

    Several posts on twitter linked directly or indirectly to an item on CNET News . It opens “Microsoft is considering offering Windows 7 on a thumb drive to allow Netbook owners to more easily upgrade their machines, a source tells CNET News.” “Considering...
  • More PowerShell: A change you should make for V2. (#1)

    There will be a couple more posts on changes for V2, of PowerShell but I want to get something really clear up front. All V1 PowerShell should work in V2. Should meaning unless you have been really stupid or are very unlucky; you won’t NEED to change...
  • How to: have nicer Active Directory management from PowerShell – without upgrading AD

    One of the first books I read on PowerShell  had a comment about using AD from the PowerShell V1 which amounted to “It’s too hard, don’t bother use VB Script instead”. I’d taken against the book in question (no names no pack drill) – in fact it reminded...
  • How to get user input more nicely in PowerShell

    Long, long ago when I was using my first Microsoft product, I knew one way to get input from the user. The product was Commodore BASIC (in those days we wrote it in uppercase and knew it stood for Beginners All-purpose Symbol Instructional Code). and...
  • New demo videos for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

    I had a list of videos through which show many of the the new features. The scripting feels a bit clunky in the couple I’ve wantched, but as a way of introducing a feature so that you’ve got some idea what to investigate in detail for yourself they’re...
  • Technet virtual conference – tomorrow !

    Details and Registration are at www.Technet.com/govirtual/ I’ve been told there is a great “goody bag” prize. I know what is in it, but I have been asked to keep it as a surprise – suffice to say I’d want to win it myself – I’m barred from entering of...
  • Fifteen minutes of fame. Not like this, thanks.

    What some people refer to as “Life’s rich tapestry” has had more knots and twists in it than usual for me of late. The biggest of which was the plane crash. We’re used to the sounds of aircraft: if you extend  the runway line of the former RAF Abingdon...
  • More on VMware and YouTube

    A few weeks back I posted about VMware’s conduct in posting a video which of some tests which appear to bring on a crash in Hyper-V. No company is all good or all bad, not Microsoft, not VMware. But I did say in response to one of the comments VMware...
  • Parsing lists to objects in PowerShell – Tzutil

    Last week I taught a PowerShell class – the first time in ages I’d gone back to my old role as a trainer, and of the first things we do explaining PowerShell is explain that (a) When PowerShell’s own commands are piped together they pass object with properties...
  • Events: TechNet Virtual Conference 19th June

    Andrew beat me to it, we have a virtual conference coming up: you can watch it – or any part of it on any screen with internet access. The sessions will be available on demand afterwards, but the thing that makes it an event is that on the day the speakers...
  • Llet the [scripting] Games begin.

    The Windows scripting guys have put up the details of the first event in this years summer scripting games. Entries this year can be in VB Script or PowerShell and each of the 10 events has a  beginner and Advanced version. I could do the advanced...
  • A few interesting links.

    I’ve got a little bit of a backlog of links which I’ve been meaning to talk about: usually I like to write a bit more than what I have below, but if I don’t clear off some of the things have been sitting as open tabs in IE8 for a while, I’ll never get...
  • Free the Windows 7 !

    Brandon has a post on the Windows team blog Windows 7 will be in stores beginning October 22nd. I was talking a group of people a little while ago who said “In the stores in time for the Holiday season means what ? A reason margin before thanksgiving...