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

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

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  • Blog Post: Everything you wanted to know about SR-IOV in Hyper-V Part 6

    Summarising the series so far, we’ve answered “Why SR-IOV?”, looked at hardware and firmware dependencies, and run through the user interface and PowerShell cmdlets to configure SR-IOV. Next on the agenda is how SR-IOV and Live Migration co-operate. In addition, there’s a video...
  • Blog Post: Everything you wanted to know about SR-IOV in Hyper-V. Part 1

    Now that the veil of silence has been lifted with the release of Windows Server “8” beta , I’m able to tell you a little more about what I’ve been working on for 5 years now. An inside joke is that it’s a feature with two checkboxes in the UI of Hyper-V Manager, so about...
  • Blog Post: Does Hardware Assistance make a difference?

    The simple answer is a definite yes. However, it's sometimes useful to have a "finger in the air" gauge of how much. I therefore did some very unscientific measurements using my watch to compare timings for some basic functions. Of course, before reading any further, please read and understand the blog...
  • Blog Post: Hands-on Windows OS Internals and Advanced Troubleshooting

    I received an email from David Solomon - author of Windows Internals this morning. By amazing coincidence, I happened to have a copy of it open and reading it just as the email came in. David & his colleage, Mark Russinovich regularly give courses to folks in the Windows Core OS Division here in...
  • Blog Post: 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, Security & Protection, Operations, Product Help...
  • Blog Post: 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 it's important to me. I have various machines...
  • Blog Post: 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 Centre (center) was possibly on it's way. It...
  • Blog Post: NIC Teaming in Windows Server "8" Beta whitepaper now available

    For those of you interested in learning more about the new inbox capability for NIC Teaming (aka LBFO or Load Balancing/Failover) in Windows Server "8" Beta, there's an excellent whitepaper which has just been published. It covers pretty much everything you need to know from the feature overview, the...
  • Blog Post: Windows Virtual PC Links

    A quick note to say that Windows Virtual PC has reached RC (release candidate) and is available for download . Ben has lots more information here , and I'm really pleased to see that Prasad has started a WVPC team blog where you can learn more about its features and capabilities. Cheers, John.
  • Blog Post: 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, not necessarily live) and you submit your evaluations...
  • Blog Post: MSH - Monad. The next Windows Command Shell

    There's some great information up on Channel 9 about MSH (codename Monad). If you're a command line or scripting person, the information here on the MSDN Channel 9 site is for you. Sounds very interesting and definitely something worth taking a good look at. Thanks to Thomas Lee for giving me the heads...
  • Blog Post: 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, but I'm installing the R2 beta in a virtual machine...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 Beta 1 download link and availability details

    Although on the Windows virtualization team here, it's heads down working on the next generation of virtual machine support to be built into Windows Longhorn server with a " hypervisor " architecture, we're absolutely not sitting still on the Virtual Server 2005 R2 product which became free a couple...
  • Blog Post: Announcements for Virtual Server 2005 R2 (SP1) and more...

    At the IDF (Intel Developers Forum) yesterday, Microsoft made the announcement I've been waiting to go public on for a couple of months now. Virtual Server 2005 SP1 is no more. Well, that isn't exactly true, the changes which are present for those of you beta-testing SP1 will be released, and in the...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Server under Windows Server 2003 SP1 RC1 Early Experiences

    I went the whole hog this morning and installed Windows Server 2003 SP1 RC1 on my main laptop, not under Virtual Server or Virtual PC as I blogged about yesterday. Now I don't recommend this to anyone as a rule, but there's a fair chance when working for Microsoft there's going to be someone to call...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 SP1 Information

    Follow this link to find out more about what the program manager for Microsoft Virtual Server 2005, Kurt Schmucker, had to say about what's likely to be in the forthcoming service pack 1. I'm looking forward to playing with the Beta!
  • Blog Post: Using Hyper-V Manager "v1" against Windows Server 2008 R2

    I had a couple of emails overnight asking whether it is possible to use Hyper-V Manager "v1" (as in KB952627 for Windows Vista SP1, or part of RSAT in Windows Server 2008) pointing to a machine running Windows Server 2008 R2 RC or Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 RC. The short answer is yes, this works...
  • Blog Post: Blogcast: Access Based Directory Enumeration (A Windows Server 2003 SP1 New Feature)

    Find out about one of those really cool new features of Windows Server 2003 SP1, Access Based Directory Enumeration in this latest blogcast recording. In a nutshell, ABDE causes the server to examine access rights to sub-directories on a share, only showing the user those directories to which they have...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Server 2005 SCSI Shunt Driver

    It's rare you see something in a beta release which makes such a dramatic difference to performance. This is one such instance. If you want to save yourself over 5 hours when installing a Virtual Machine under Virtual Server 2005, read on.... Last week at home, I was installing a new Windows Server...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V and in-place upgrade to Windows Server 2008 R2 Release Candidate

    A cautionary note for those of you performing an in-place upgrade of a machine running Windows Server 2008 with the Hyper-V role enabled, to Windows Server 2008 R2 Release Candidate. During the installation, you will see the following compatibility report message stating that you should turn off the...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista Webcasts Next Week

    Just seen the list of webcasts for next week - there's a couple on the list worth mentioning. All times are PST (add 8 hours for UK time) Top 10 Things You Need to Know About Windows Vista for the Enterprise (Level 200) Wednesday, April 12, 2006 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Pacific Time Glenn Fincher, Senior...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 (SP1) - Find out more from Peter Meister

    Learn more about Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 (SP1) from Peter Meister, the Lead Product Manager for Windows Server 2003. Peter is a man who definitely knows what he's talking about, so don't miss the chance to miss out on this opportunity. On Thursday 13th January , there is a level 100 webcast...
  • Blog Post: KB 900076 - Windows Server 2003 SP1 as guest under Virtual Server

    I blogged a week or so ago about issues when running Windows Server 2003 SP1 under Virtual Server 2005 . Two days after that, there was a knowledgebase article published (now why didn't that appear in my RSS feed off the support web site ?). The KB article is interesting for a couple of reasons - first...
  • Blog Post: 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 available to download here . Subject to change...
  • Blog Post: New in Hyper-V Windows Server 2008 R2 Part 1 – Dedicated Networks

    I thought I’d start a series of posts highlighting some of the smaller changes in Hyper-V in Windows Server 2008 R2. There’ll be plenty of people covering the larger features such as Live Migration, so I figured someone needs to cover the other fun stuff! Many of the improvements are not visible from...