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

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

February, 2006

  • TechNet and Languages in Internet Explorer

    I'm sure this isn't going to teach a lot of people anything new, but given I just noticed it myself, I think it's worth mentioning just in case. Due to my recent change of laptop, and the fact that my new laptop doesn't run Windows Server 2003 (actually...
  • Find out more about Exchange 12

    I have to share this one with you - in around three weeks time, there's a series of webcasts on Exchange 12 running over 4 days. The better news is (I'm guessing for US attendees only though) is that if you attend all four webcasts (can be viewed on demand...
  • I'm leaving Microsoft UK, but joining...

    In many ways, yesterday was a sad day as I resigned from Microsoft UK after 18 months or so, having decided to take a change in career direction. I'll still be around Microsoft UK for about a month though. However, it certainly wasn't just a sad day,...
  • SMS 2003 R2 Public Beta

    Just thought it was worth mentioning this - another "R2" joins the fold, hot on the heals of Virtual Server 2005 R2 and Windows Server 2003 R2. This time it's SMS which gets a refresh. SMS isn't really a product I can hold my hand up and say I know well...
  • Shadow Copy Client Download

    I was on the train a few days ago and ended up chatting to some guy (apologies, I'm terrible with names) about stuff which inevitably deviated into technology - of course we got to the bit when I mentioned I worked for Microsoft. His relatively small...
  • Windows Vista Technical Library

    For those among you with access to CTP builds or are looking at early adoption of Windows Vista when it releases, there are a growing number of documents in the Technical Library on TechNet including Evaluation, Planning & Architecture, Deployment...
  • Cool emerging web technologies

    I saw this on Eileens blog a week or so back and thought it was a pretty cool idea. Obviously I have no affiliation with ClustrMaps but thought it was a great way of visualising who in the world is reading my blog and example of (IMHO) what could be considered...
  • "Going Deep" on virtualisation

    I noticed this earlier today and have just finished listening to it - Mike Neil, Jim Ni and Jeff Woolsey from the Windows Virtualisation Product Group have been interviewd by Charles Torre about what the current products are (ie Virtual PC, Virtual Server...
  • ADS 1.1 and VSMT on 64-bit hosts

    I was having a few emails back-and-forth yesterday as someone was struggling with VSMT (now part of ADS as of version 1.1) installed on one 64-bit host, with Virtual Server 2005 R2 64-bit edition running on a seperate Windows Server 2003 x64 host. ...
  • Windows Server Virtualisation - Overview and Roadmap

    I thought I'd mention this - some of you may have either personal or corporate subscriptions to Directions on Microsoft . There was a paper published earlier this month titled "Windows Server Virtualisation: Overview and Roadmap". Although there's nothing...
  • Troubleshooting WMI (Windows Management Instrumentation)

    One other webcast also spotted this morning - this one should be really good. WMI is an incredibly powerful tool for an IT Professional to have available. However, it's often (IMHO) cumbersome to script against and (again IMHO) somewhat difficult to grasp...
  • Network Isolation using Group Policy and IPSec

    In my inbox this morning and worth posting up are a series of three webcasts coming up over the next couple of weeks about using Group Policy and IPSec for Network Isolation - something I'm still looking for time to implement at home. Details are below...
  • Domain joined Windows Vista with Media Centre is coming to town (maybe)

    OK, so it's early days yet and anything can change, so this is absolutely not the final word, but several months ago when playing with early Windows Vista builds, I was encouraged that fast user switching on domain-joined Windows Vista machines with Media...
  • Clear Read-Only Attributes in bulk

    There's often those situations where you need to clear read-only attributes from a directory tree in bulk. In the past, having been a command line junkie and developer, I've used the attrib command with the /S parameter to include sub-directories as I...
  • Branch Office in Windows Server Codename Longhorn

    Hopefully you're aware of some of the great changes brought about in Windows Server 2003 R2 to address some of the branch office challenges - my personal favourite has to be the DFS-N & DFS-R changes and the use of RDC to make effective use of bandwidth...
  • What's in a gigabyte? Aka Disk size limitations in Virtual PC

    Well actually, what's in 0.00292969 of a gigabyte to be a little bit more precise (aka 3MB). As you probably guessed, it's Virtual PC/Virtual Server trivia time, but Ben's blog entry from Monday made me sit up an think - is the maximum IDE-connectable...
  • Applying Least Privilege to User Accounts in Windows XP

    You've already probably heard by now the many efforts and changes which will be coming into place with the release of Windows Vista later this year regarding how "least privilege" (I use quotes as the actual term has changed a few times and I'm not sure...
  • ISA Server 2004 SP2 Availability

    You may have spotted I haven't posted for a few days, but I've been off ill with the 'flu. Hence, my excuse for not having spotted the availability of ISA Server 2004 SP2 last week. It's also worth mentioning Maartens excellent blogcast on the features...
  • Switching Virtual Machines Full screen and back quickly

    So I can't admit to having written this, but I thought it was worth sharing. It's also a good example of how to use WMI to find out if a process is running, start new processes up and kill of running processes from VBScript. Save the below as a .VBS...