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: Using SR-IOV on Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V, Integration Services may indicate "update required"

    This is a bug which has been reported to me by a few people now, and a KB has recently been published. This issue only occurs if the VM is: - Running Windows Server 2012 (not Windows Server 2012 R2) - Is configured to use SR-IOV and a VF was available for use by the VM when it powers on (or restarts...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2003 SP1 for x86 and Itanium is now available

    Just released to the web is the a significant release for the Windows Server 2003 platform in the shape of Service Pack 1 for x86 and Itanium. SP1 adds many new features and enhancements primarily in the area of security. If you haven't had a chance to play with the release candidates in a lab environment...
  • Blog Post: Self Managing Dynamic Systems update

    Following my last post , here's a few links on microsoft.com which provide more information. A brief on virtualisation is here , and a whitepaper on virtualisation can be found here . But wait... just found more. This is the official press release. There's a few interesting remarks in there (apart...
  • Blog Post: How to automatically dismiss scripted dialogs boxes - alternative to msgbox function

    I guess I've been doing a fair bit of scripting recently - admittedly nowhere near as much as I did back in my dev days, but there's always something you learn new. I don't even have a specific use for this, neither was I able to imagine a practical situation I could find for its' potential use it, but...
  • Blog Post: VSMT cscript error 0xc0000008 at DeployVM.cmd stage

    While setting up for the roadshows and my VSMT migration, during testing I was getting occasional popups (1 in 5 times maybe) during the DeployVM stage from CScript indicating error 0xc0000008. This also happened last Friday when I was setting up the new NT4 server for my TechEd Europe demonstration...
  • 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: Do I have the latest BIOS installed? (And a cheap laptop repair)

    For Hyper-V to operate correctly, it is strongly advised, and in many cases, required, to install the latest BIOS onto your hardware for hardware virtualization features to operate correctly. While some OEMs provide fantastic information, my experience is that all too often, you get frustratingly minimal...
  • Blog Post: What does each Windows Service do?

    Another frequently asked question by many customers. A good answer can be found in the "Threats and Countermeasures: Security Settings in Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP" document which can be downloaded here . A little out of date (being based on WS2003 RTM and XP SP1), but dead useful information...
  • Blog Post: New windows not opening in IE? Use the Knowledge Base - it knows a lot of stuff!

    Internet Explorer on my test Windows Server 2003 box has been playing up for a couple of days - every time I clicked a link which opened a new window, I got a blank window with nothing in the address bar. Annoying, but sometimes you don't have time to sort it out, so you end up working around the problem...
  • 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: Using Virtual Server 2005 at Microsoft IT - the webcast

    After posting up the link to the whitepaper about how Microsoft IT is using Virtual Server internally, I've now found out about a webcast on 16th August which will give the opportunity to ask the "what's and why's" about the implementation. I've included the abstract for the event below. Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Magazine - you can now read it online for free.

    As I mentioned a little while ago , TechNet Magazine subscriptions were free (to US based people though). Although there's something in the pipeline to make the magazine available in the UK, the good news is that you can read the full content online now at www.technetmagazine.com . There's lots of great...
  • Blog Post: System Centre Capacity Planner 2006

    System Centre (center <g>) Capacity Planner (SCCP) 2006 is one of those tools I saw in early Beta a while back - looked very impressive at internal demos but it wasn't until yesterday something that I had really looked deeply. Well, good news for TechNet Plus subscribers is that SCCP 2006 will...
  • Blog Post: Lateral thinking - ADSI LDAP Provider to add users to groups

    I've been meaning to blog this for a couple of weeks now. I was approached by Gagik with a query about ADSI scripting. Fortunately, I've certainly done a fair bit with ADSI given my background. The problem Gagik was having was adding a user to a group. This in itself is pretty common thing to want to...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V: RTM available on Windows Update

    Just a quick note to mention that Hyper-V RTM (KB950050) was made available on Windows Update yesterday. See here for more information on the RTM release. Note that the Vista SP1 management tools are not currently available through Windows Update and need to be upgraded seperately. It's a "recommended...
  • Blog Post: MOM SP1 is available for download

    So hot off the heals of getting MOM 2005 installed with SQL 2004 SP4 , I find out that SP1 for MOM is now available. Now they tell me... quoting from the SP1 homepage (link at bottom) " Broader OS and database support, including <snip> and SQL 2000 SP4, <snip> ". Not that I'm complaining...
  • Blog Post: Small Business Server (SBS) 2003 R2

    At the World Wide Partner Conference last week, there was an interesting announcement which didn't seem to get much by way of attention, but is especially relevant to many of you running Small Business Server. The announcement was that Small Business Server 2003 R2 will be released approximately 60...
  • Blog Post: Windows 2000 ADSI Scripting for System Administration

    Although published a few years ago, one of the most useful books I keep coming back to is "Windows 2000 ADSI Scripting for System Administration" by Thomas Eck. As an IT Professional with a development background, this book has proved invaluable time and time again. Even with no development background...
  • Blog Post: WS-RM (WS-ReliableMessaging) specification has been submitted to OASIS

    A significant press release was made this morning regarding WS-ReliableMessaging or WS-RM moving one step closer to being an industry standard. WS-ReliableMessaging (WS-RM) is the first specification to pass through the full WS-* Workshop Process and is now being submitted to OASIS for standardization...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Update is live - patching on steroids

    OK, so Kevin beat me to this one. I've been busy in meetings is my excuse. Microsoft Update is now live. I've been using this for a while now and it is fantastic. You can patch not just your base OS (as in Windows Update), but Office (as in Office Update) and Exchange and SQL in one go. This takes out...
  • Blog Post: Explaining the Hyper-V authorization model, part five

    Hyper-V uses a role based authorisation model for access checks. This series of articles takes a look at the model; defines the available primitives; and walks through a couple of examples. (I actually wrote most of this many months ago – only finally found the time to post it up!). Quick links: Part1...
  • Blog Post: XP Virtual Desktop Powertoy under Windows Server 2003 (The ITPro way....)

    I really like the Virtual Desktop manager powertoy for XP . Unfortunately, it's just not available under Windows Server 2003. Or is it? Read on.... Part of my on-going mission is to run Windows Server 2003 as my main desktop. Not because I'm sadistic (actually I probably am, but that's for another...
  • Blog Post: Blogcast: Virtual Server 2005 R2 Host Clustering Walkthrough

    With Virtual Server 2005 R2 just a few days away from public availability, many of you will want to know more about Host Clustering - a new capability supported with this release - what better way to find out than with a live on-demand demonstration, so read on.... Some of you may have been fortunate...
  • Blog Post: My blog has moved - please update your links

    Some of you may have noticed recent changes to the blogs.msdn.com site. In case some of you are subscribing to http://blogs.msdn.com/jhoward to read my blog, or are linking to the blogs.msdn.com/jhoward site, please can you update them to point to http://blogs.technet.com/jhoward instead. Thanks!
  • Blog Post: MBSA 2.0 (Microsoft Baseline Security Analyser) Released

    After blogging about the beta of MBSA v2.0 a couple of months ago, I have to thank Steve for giving me the heads up on this as the official release notification must have slipped me by. My excuse is that I've been more than a little busy at TechEd last week, and still wading through a couple of thousand...