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: Windows Server 2008 R2 RTM on Technet & MSDN

    After the Windows 7 RTM release was published last week, it was joined by Windows Server 2008 R2 RTM for Technet and MSDN subscribers this morning. Woo hoo! Have fun with Hyper-V and all the great new features and improvements. Cheers, John.
  • Blog Post: Managing your windows websites and web services

    If part of your job entails monitoring and management of Windows Websites and Web Services hosted on Windows Servers and are using MOM to manage that environment, take a look at the latest version of the free management pack download "Microsoft Web Sites and Web Services Management Pack for MOM 2005...
  • Blog Post: Small Business Server (SBS) 2003 SP1 availability

    In line with the announcements for Service Pack 1 for Windows Server 2003 today, another important announcement was made regarding SP1 for Small Business Server 2003. SP1 for SBS2003 will be available approximately 60 days from today, and will include a rollup of the latest service packs and updates...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Server Roadmap and Windows Virtualisation (Virtualization) aka Hypervisor

    If you're interested more in the future of Virtualisation (Virtualization if you're from the other side of the Atlantic from me), or where Microsoft is heading in terms of the broad architecture of the Windows "Hypervisor" check out this link to a publicly available slide deck on the Virtual Server roadmap...
  • Blog Post: HVRemote refresh

    So after some 22,000 downloads (thank you) in the 8 months since first released, HVRemote has undergone a refresh to make it even easier to configure Hyper-V Remote Management and diagnose issues. The major change in version 0.7 is the ability to perform some verification of the configuration and...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Server 2005 usage by Microsoft IT

    This really interesting white paper was published just over a week ago. It describes how Virtual Server 2005 is being used by Microsoft IT almost in a "commodity" capacity. Virtual Server 2005 provided Microsoft with the means to take consolidation to the logical level. The Virtual Server Utility team...
  • Blog Post: ISA 2004 Patch Caching - new feature to cache BITS traffic over HTTP

    You may have missed TechEd last week in the US. I did due presenting at the Technical Roadshow, but something rather significant caught my eye just now from an internal email, which I wasn't aware of before. Gordon Mangione in his security keynote mentioned a filter available later this year which would...
  • Blog Post: Blogcast how-to: Recorder Settings for Windows Media Encoder

    Numerous people have asked me what exact settings I used to recently record the series of VSMT blogcasts . The software I used to record the demonstrations was Windows Media Encoder , which is freely downloadable on Microsoft.com. (Note that this also works correctly under Windows Server 2003. You may...
  • Blog Post: Malicious Software Removal Tool

    As much as a bookmark blog as anything else so I know where to find it. You may have seen the malicious software removal tool come down through WindowsUpdate/MicrosoftUpdate. What I didn't know was that a version with the latest updates is released on the second tuesday of every month, and can be run...
  • Blog Post: Download Virtual Machine additions for Virtual Server 2005 R2

    As so many of you emailed me directly after previous entries who found it difficult to get hold of the Virtual Machine additions hotfix from KB 900076 (which is still unfortunately out of date), I'm relieved to say the version of the virtual machine additions released with Virtual Server 2005 R2 (13...
  • Blog Post: Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) 4.1 download link

    Boy, things can move fast when you're busy keeping a close eye on other technologies, hence I didn't spot this one released onto the web - version 4.1 of the ACT is available for free download here .
  • Blog Post: Branch Office Infrastructure Solution - lots of new information now available

    The Branch Office Infrastructure Solution, or BOIS (which is far too easy to mis-type if you've worked in computing for a lot of years - think about it) has been released. The BOIS guidance and tools are designed and structured to address the needs of large organisations and enterprises in designing...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V generation 2 virtual machines – part 10

    Part 1: Introduction to generation 2 virtual machines Part 2: Networking and boot order Part 3: Storage Part 4: Keyboard for Windows 8 & Windows Server 2012 Part 5: Kernel debugging Part 6: Secure Boot Part 7: FAQ Part 8: Manually migrating generation 1 virtual machines to generation 2 Part 9: Installing...
  • 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: Updated Linux Integration Services are available

    A new version (2.1) of the Linux Integration Services for Hyper-V have just been made available. This new version has some significant improvements. From the driver side, new optimized storage and networking drivers have been introduced (aka “Synthetic” drivers which utilize VMBus, a key...
  • Blog Post: Log Parser Utility

    So today's exercise was to blow away Windows Server 2003 R2 on my relatively new Toshiba M3 laptop. I tried, but failed. A month of trouble, particularly with the power saver has simply worn me down. That and combined with 100% CPU when trying to demonstrate anything in a webcast was the final straw...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V: Mouse Integration Components for SUSE available now

    News just in – the VSC (Virtualization Service Client) component providing mouse integration for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server running as a guest operating system under Hyper-V has been released. The VSC is supported on SLES 10 SP2, x86 and x64 versions as virtual machines on systems running Hyper-V RTM...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 12 and 64-bit

    Worth a listen is a podcast recording by the Exchange Team who explain more about their decision to go 64-bit only. Link is here .
  • 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: 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 that the latest TLA is) will be strongly enforced...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V RTM announcement. Available today from the Microsoft Download Centre

    In the Hyper-V shiproom this morning, we signed off on Hyper-V RTM (Release To Manufacturing). The build and articles are actively working their way through the systems and will be available from Microsoft Download Centre from around noon Pacific time. While waiting, please take a few moments to review...
  • Blog Post: Server Performance Advisor - the Performance Diagnostic tool for Active Directory and IIS

    Following a recent Technet session, I was asked where you can download adpref.exe (an Active Directory Performance tool) from. Confession - I didn't know the answer and no amount of searching turned over any stones. It turns out that adperf was an internal diagnostic tool believed not ever made available...
  • 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: Scriptomatic (revisited)

    The Scripting Guys released version 2 of their "Scriptomatic" tool a couple of weeks ago. Don't be put off by the somewhat frivolous name - it has some very true value. One such example I frequently use is for the WQL queries in WMI filters when building Group Policy Objects - this tool saves a lot of...
  • 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...