James O'Neill's blog

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

December, 2009

  • Drilling into ‘reasons for not switching to Hyper-V’

    Information week published an article last week “ 9 Reasons why enterprises shouldn’t switch to hyper-v”. The Author is Elias Khnaser, this is his website and this is the company he works for .  A few people have taken him to task over it, including...
  • Fighting talk from VMware.

    There’s running joke on my team – if I want to drive my blog statistics up all I need to do is talk tough about VMware. A few days ago I posted a response to some VMware FUD. and it’s had 3 times the readers of a typical post and more than the usual number...
  • Security updates.

    There are some rumours circulating about problems with the latest round of security updates. The Security response centre have posted about it . So has Roger Halbheer our Chief Security Advisor for Europe. Now you can say “They would say that, I’m going...
  • Search stories … or “how do people manage on XP”

    I know from experience that the people I meet in this job , and those who read this blog are more likely to be early adopters than the population at large so you, as a reader may well be on Windows 7 by now, and had a better chance than most of running...
  • Hyper-V resource round-up.

    I spent this morning with a group of our partners and one of the comments which came back was “we know there is a lot of material out there for Hyper-V .. can you point us to some of the highlights”. So it was a nice surprise to find a mail from the product...
  • Add-ons and plug-ins – do you have a favourite ?

    I was chatting with a couple of colleagues yesterday about internet explorer. Someone grumbled “When people think of browser add-ons they automatically think of firefox, but there are some really good ones for IE”. I have talked in the past about IE7...
  • Server 2008 R2 feature map.

    One of the popular giveaways at our events this year has been the feature poster for server 2008-R2 – which is now available for download. I think the prints were A2 size, although at 300 DPI it is closer to A1 dimensions – the paper copies have all gone...
  • Parameters in PowerShell functions: vague is good.

    There is a theme which I’ve found has come up in several places with PowerShell. Giving flexibility to the user can mean being vague about parameters – or at least not being excessively precise. Consider these examples from my Hyper-V library for PowerShell...
  • Powershell Parameters 2: common parameters.

    In the previous post I talked about the template I have for many of my PowerShell functions. And I've talked before about adding support for ShouldProcess to functions which change the state of the system ( that allows –confirm, -prompt, –whatif and ...
  • Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool update

    I had a mail about an update to the Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool , which I thought was worth passing on: in case you haven’t come across it before : The Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool 2.1 manages the workflow of updating large numbers...
  • Get-Scripting podcast

    I was pleased to get asked to record a Podcast with Jonathan and Alan to become episode 14 of their get-scripting series. To be honest to be asked to sit and chat about PowerShell with these guys – especially when they invite someone like Thomas Lee to...