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 2003 R2 Event - Tomorrow in Reading

    Just realised I hadn't posted up info about this one before. With Windows Server 2003 R2 "RTM'ing" (Releasing To Manufacture) today, I'll be co-presenting a TechNet event, "An Introduction to Windows Server 2003 R2" with Samm DiStasio, Director of Windows Server Product Marketing Group based in Redmond...
  • Blog Post: Technet event codes - a seasonal alternative

    Eileen recently explained in her blog what 200, 300 and 400 meant as levels of experience needed to be able to make the most out of Microsoft sessions. However, after reading this comment , and as it's nearly christmas, here's an alternative version which hopefully everyone can relate to regardless of...
  • Blog Post: Securely Publishing Exchange 2003 using ISA Server 2004 - "Zero to Hero"

    Thanks for everyone who attended todays security event in London. I hope you got a lot out of the demonstration I ran through today, plus of course the other sessions. It was certainly the scariest and possibly "riskiest" session I've ever considered - taking on 90 mins+ of unrehursed demo could have...
  • Blog Post: It's Showtime on Technet

    Just gone live are a series of video recordings of live sessions on Technet UK. Come and choose from some of the best recordings of sessions for IT Pro's over the past few months from speakers including John Craddock, Andreas Luther, Jesper Johansson, Rafal Lukawiecki, Steve Riley, and coming soon, you...
  • Blog Post: Free Technet IT Forum Highlights all-day event in Birmingham on Jan 13th.

    The registration site for the IT Forum Highlights event in Birmingham Thursday January 13th, 2005 is now open. This event is free of charge and being held at the National Motorcycle Museum . There are 15 70-minute sessions running throughout the day, running in 3 tracks allowing you to pick and choose...
  • Blog Post: Active Directory Database monitoring using ESENTPRF.DLL

    One of the demonstrations at last nights "Active Directory Diagnosis, Troubleshooting and Recovery" Technet session included the steps to install esentprf.dll to allow monitoring of performance counters for the extensible storage engine (ESE) database underlying Active Directory. The steps to complete...
  • Blog Post: NT4 Server and Windows Server 2003 Interoperability - Technet Evening Session

    I'm co-presenting a free Technet evening event with Dave Sayers tomorrow night (Tue 23rd Nov) at the Microsoft office in Reading, UK discussing "NT4 and Windows Server 2003 interoperability". The session starts at 18:30 with registration opening at 18:00. Click here for the registration site. Remember...
  • 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: Virtual Server MMS Announcement (2 of 2) - Vision and Strategy of Virtual Computing Environments

    The second of my blog entries about the MMS announcements made only minutes ago by Steve Ballmer relate to the longer term strategy for Virtualisation within Microsoft. You can see my commentary highlighting the shorter term vision for Virtual Server here. In his keynote address, Steve announced increased...
  • Blog Post: Group Policy - Tips Tricks and Best Practices

    Following my session in Birmingham on 13th January, here's a list of the references I referred to. Apologies to all for the delay in posting this. Firstly, Jeremy Moskowitz's excellent book "Group Policy, Profiles, and Intellimirror for Windows 2003, 2000 and Windows XP" can be found on Amazon . 1 Redirecting...
  • Blog Post: Scripting Clinic - what would you like to know?

    I'm considering putting together a full day UK based event, either in Reading or London probably in early July. The provisional title is the "Scripting Clinic" . This would be a full day of scripting for IT Pro's (rather than developers - no offence intended!). There would be four or five sessions ranging...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2003 System Administration Webcasts

    There are two forthcoming webcasts on Windows Server 2003 System Administration taking place early in the new year. Part 1: 5th January 2005 17:30-19:00 GMT (09:30-11:00 Pacific Time (GMT-8)) This session covers Windows Server 2003 administration from a number of views, including a look at out-of-the...
  • Blog Post: Sample scripts for dsadd, dsmodify, dsget, dsquery, dsmod, dsmove

    Following my Technet session on the New Features of Windows Server 2003 Active Directory, scenario based, here's the scripts which I promised to post up. Hope they are useful. Even if you didn't attend the session, they give you a good example of how these command line programs can be used. Remember...
  • Blog Post: Where can I get hold of Windows Server 2003 R2

    I've had several emails today following last nights TechNet event - an Introduction to Windows Server 2003 R2. The most popular question by far is how can people get hold of it? The answer is on microsoft.com, where you can either register to receive an evaluation CD set or register to download (but...
  • Blog Post: Understanding Active Directory in the Real World

    For those of you who are available on Monday (27th June), this is a reminder that there is an all-day Technet event running at Cavendish Conference Centre in London about how you can deploy, manage, migrate-to, secure and extend the value of your directory platform. Myself and two colleagues from Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: IT Forum 2005 - Barcelona

    The Microsoft IT Forum 2005 web-site is now live to take registrations. The agenda is being formulated now and will be going live in the next few weeks. This is a major event for IT Professionals in Europe (or even further in many cases) with many high-profile speakers, plus an optional full day of in...
  • Blog Post: Colossus Rebuild at Bletchley Park - Tony Sales presentation

    I felt very privileged to be able to attend a BCS (British Computer Society) event held last night, purely co-incidentally, at the Microsoft Campus in Reading where I happen to work. The event was presented by Tony Sale and about how he led the project to rebuild "Colossus", the famous code-breaking...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 Technical Overview

    I'll be presenting a Technet evening session on 15th Febuary at the Regus, Manchester and also on 17th Febuary in the Spey Room, Microsoft Edinburgh for a technical overview of Microsoft Virtual Server 2005. If you have already registered for either of these events and have any specific questions either...
  • Blog Post: VSMT (Virtual Server 2005 Migration Toolkit) demo - see it live in Edinburgh

    VSMT is a piece of cake! VSMT stands for " V irtual S erver (2005) M igration T ookit" and is the P2V (Physical to Virtual) toolset for Virtual Server 2005. VSMT allows you to migrate a physical server running NT4 SP6A, Windows 2000 SP4 or later, or Windows 2003 Standard/Enterprise edition to a virtual...
  • Blog Post: Planning and Deploying the Branch Office Technologies

    Just a quick reminder for another Windows Server 2003 R2 related webcast tomorrow (10th Nov) at 9.30AM Seattle Time, 5:30PM UK Time. This session will cover the essential elements that are required for successful branch office planning and deployment. The session will help identify key requirements...
  • Blog Post: Active Directory Remote Administration

    There is a webcast on 22nd July at 17:30 (UK) about Active Directory Remote Administration - a topic I get many questions about. Hence, take this opportunity to ask your questions live. Here's the description of what's going to be talked about: See the improvements in the Microsoft Windows Server...
  • Blog Post: ADS 1.1 + VSMT Followup

    As I blogged at the end of last week, Automated Deployment Services, or ADS Version 1.1 was recently released . I spent a couple of hours upgrading my demonstration VSMT environment to see what was what. I can, as Dugie also confirmed, confirm that a migration of an NT4 Server worked flawlessly, also...
  • Blog Post: Branch Office Technologies in R2

    We IT Forum preparations almost complete and the Windows Server 2003 R2 launch fairly soon, now would be a good time to get up to speed on R2 technologies. There's a series of online chats over the next few months - I'll hold off for the moment for those in december and beyond, but there's a chat on...
  • Blog Post: New Features of Windows Server 2003 Active Directory

    There is a forthcoming Webcast on Wednesday 9th Feb 16:00-17:30 UK Time (8AM-9:30AM PST) on the New Features of Windows Server 2003 Active Directory. For those of you who attended my TechNet session last night on the same subject, this should be a good follow up. The webcast is a level 200. Abstract...
  • Blog Post: European MIIS User Group Meeting - Reading, 17th June

    There are two events in one on 17th June at the Microsoft offices in Thames Valley Park, Reading under the banner of the "European MIIS User Group Meeting". One track is for MIIS, and the second track is for Identity Management. Both are free to attend. Here's the summary and registration links: ...