John Howard - Senior Program Manager in the Hyper-V team at Microsoft

Senior Program Manager, Hyper-V team, Windows Core Operating System Division.

September, 2005

  • Windows Vista Fast User Switching on domain joined machines

    Woohoo!!! I'm suddenly one very happy person. The killer feature I've been hoping to see in Windows XP Pro is present in Windows Vista Beta 1. No guarantees for the future, but it shows the boys in Redmond have the capability. Here's what it is and why...
  • Making Robocopy faster

    I use Robocopy a great deal to copy stuff from corpnet in a reliable way onto my laptop. One huge advantage of robocopy is that you can set it to copy in restartable mode, and if the network connection fails, it can take off from where it got to. Therefore...
  • Windows Server 2003 R2 - Printer Management Console

    The PMC (Printer Management Console) is another huge improvement in Windows Server 2003 R2. Tali Roth will be presenting a session on printer management at IT Forum this coming November (details below), but there's also a step-by-step whitepaper guide...
  • Proxy server configuration

    Always a co-incidence. I was writing a script a few days ago which essentially is a Technorati "pinger" for blog updates. I was writing it at home, and it was working fine. I forwarded it to a few colleagues, and wasn't expecting them to tell me that...
  • Part 9: Infrastructure essentials Blogcast - OWA /exchange path redirection

    Continuing the blogcast series on infrastructure essentials. Yesterday, we got Outlook Web Access available on the Internet (albeit still using http rather than https - later this week we'll solve that). Our users are currently accessing Outlook Web...
  • Part 11: Infrastructure essentials Blogcast - OWA is SSL :-)

    Continuing the blogcast series on infrastructure essentials. In this blogcast, we do a simple re-configuration to our ISA Server to start using the certificate already installed on that machine to allow encryption of traffic used by our external site...
  • Deploying WSUS on Small Business Server 2003

    WSUS (Windows Server Update Services) is a great way to manage patching machines in environments, both big and small. However (and I myself and just as guilty as everyone else), often a lot of information you find on microsoft.com is geared towards the...
  • Microsoft Virtualisation Roadmap

    Just spotted this publicly available webcast on 4th October 1PM-2PM PST (9PM-10PM UK) which should provide a great opportunity to ask questions about where we are heading with the Windows hypervisor technology. TechNet Webcast: Microsoft Virtualization...
  • Part 10: Infrastructure essentials Blogcast - OWA goes SSL (nearly)

    Continuing the blogcast series on infrastructure essentials. To re-configure our Outlook Web Access which is currently available on the Internet using http into https, we need a way of configuring the external interface of the ISA server to do "SSL...
  • Part 8: Infrastructure essentials Blogcast - Publishing Outlook Web Access

    Continuing the blogcast series on infrastructure essentials. One step closer to making webmail available. In this blogcast, we publish our Outlook Web Access on the Internet, but initially using HTTP rather than HTTPS - the reason for this at this...
  • Cheaper Windows Server solution for mid-sized businesses

    Just noticed a promotional combination offer running in the UK for a Windows Server System Solution aimed at mid-sized businesses, combining a number of core technology components including Window Server 2003 Standard Edition, Exchange 2003 Standard Edition...
  • Free Technet Magazine Subscription

    ...but only if you're US based. I know I get readers from all over the world, and know many of you are US based. I'm hoping to follow up with the powers that be to see if we can get some free subscriptions also in the UK too! The Technet Magazine , Microsofts...
  • TechNet improvements

    Just came across this yesterday. If you are a TechNet subscriber, changes to the online site have been made which makes organising your subscription much easier through the introduction of the TechNet indexes. You can find this at http://www.microsoft...
  • Virtual Server and MSDN

    Not quite as applicable for IT Pro's, but I know many of you do have an MSDN subscription as well as a TechNet subscription. I can't remember exactly when, but Virtual Server used to be included in MSDN through the subscription download for a limited...
  • Scripting with Monad

    Monad is definitely a hot topic to watch in the future. I've just discovered that Jeffrey Snovers two webcasts about Monad are available for on-demand viewing. If you want to find out more about the future of command line scripting, these are a good place...
  • Core Infrastructure at IT Forum in Barcelona this November

    So it's been a hectic few weeks for me. I'm nearing the end of pulling together the line-up for the core infrastructure track, so here's a a taster of some of the breakout session content you're going to see (subject to change, just to cover myself!)...
  • ADFS in Windows Server 2003 R2

    ADFS is "Active Directory Federation Services". ADFS is just one part of the R2 release coming at the end of this year. If you want to find out more, one place is IT Forum in Barcelona, November 15th to 17th, with a pre-conference day on 14th November...
  • Dilemmas, Upgrades and Decisions.

    <Holiday Thoughts> Returning back to work mode. Holiday season for me now finally over this year (I've been whizzing, well as much as you can at 3 knots max, up and down the canal networks in the UK). Fantastic time, can't wait to go again. While...
  • Automated Deployment Services 1.1 (Including VSMT)

    This truly is something I'd long since forgotten about a long while back - ADS 1.1 has been in Beta for quite some time, so it's good to see that it was released a couple of weeks ago on microsoft.com . Although I haven't spent a great deal of time looking...
  • Seperating web admin from the virtual server host

    Clive picked up on this one last week - a new whitepaper was published which walks through how to seperate the web administration interface from the virtual server host, and that lovely subject called "Constrained Delegation". Almost all of this is explained...
  • Virtual Server processor clarification

    This continually comes up as a query, what the limitation is for installing Virtual Server 2005 standard edition? Standard edition supports up to four processors, and indeed won't install on a machine with more than 4 processors. But what is a processor...
  • Part 7: Infrastructure essentials Blogcast - Our first certificate authority

    Continuing the blogcast series on infrastructure essentials. We're now moving towards making Outlook Web Access (OWA), Outlook via RPC/HTTP and ultimately VPN connectivity available from the Internet. To make access from the Internet secure, we need...
  • Virtual Server and TechNet Plus

    OK, so I'm still going through 5,000,000 emails after 2 weeks away. So after me just posting about MSDN subscribers getting Virtual Server 2005 included in their subscription from December this year, I've now found more info that TechNet Plus subscribers...
  • DFS Namespaces and DFS Replication in Windows Server 2003 R2

    Here's a link to a great overview whitepaper describing the Distributed File System Solution in Windows Server 2003 R2. DFS-N and DFS-R when used together provide a relatively simple and fault tolerant mechanism to access file, and is WAN-friendly.
  • Business Desktop Deployment

    I was following up a couple of queries with people about desktop deployment last week, and noticed that the Solution Accelerator for Business Desktop Deployment was updated a few weeks ago to version 2.5. Rather than re-gurgitate info that other people...