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: Keyboard remapping

    So now I'm a little more settled into the office complete with the dual monitors, speakers and a few other creature comforts I didn't have in Microsoft UK, I need to progress onto more practical issues - apart from figuring out why US light switches are all upside down (you lift to turn on - wierd),...
  • Blog Post: Better day at the office - disk problems solved

    After my bad monday a few weeks ago with a corrupt hard disk, the good news is that I picked up my new laptop disk (finally!) yesterday and am for once having a reasonably good Friday. It's been a generally quiet day having been offline for most of it during the rebuild. Fortunately, the old disk stayed...
  • Blog Post: Weekend Jobs. I give in, I'll never make a DBA but at least Virtual Server loves me.

    So regular readers will know that I tend to do home sysadmin tasks at the weekend. This one was no exception, apart from it being my birthday on Sat, so I took the day off ;). Sunday, a different matter, apart from the slight hangover. So what started out as a simple yet cunning "spur of the moment"...
  • Blog Post: Intellimouse Magnify capability

    A colleague mentioned this just before christmas but I hadn't got round to investigating further or blogging about it as the software didn't appear to be released for general public download at the time. Apparently from version 5.3 onwards of the Intellipoint software, there's a magnify function. Version...
  • Blog Post: Popup follow-on from yesterday

    Well, there is another difference between the msgbox function and popup method as was pointed out to me by several people. Msgbox only displays the first 1024 characters of a dialog whereas popup displays a lot more (I haven't looked to see what the actual limit is although I can certainly fill the screen...
  • Blog Post: Singularity Operating System - another use for virtualisation?

    I've always had an interest in Operating System internals, and have just finished reading the in-progress research document on a new operating system called "Singularity". The research work is being done by Microsoft Research, and the aim of this OS is to examine what a new operating system would look...
  • Blog Post: Media Centre (MCE 2005) changing 4:3 to 16:9 aspect ratio and zoom mode patch

    Having bought a 17" widescreen media centre PC at christmas, I was struggling to work out why the screen had reverted back to 4:3 aspect ratio and how to change it back. This was a tough nut to crack with neither the MCE help, intuition or the Internet turning over many stones (unless I just wanted to...
  • Blog Post: Part 5: Infrastructure essentials Blogcast - Exchange mailbox and Outlook Profile

    Continuing the blogcast series on infrastructure essentials. The next stage in our infrastructure is to extend our infrastructure by building in one of the most important infrastructure applications - email. Our configuration uses Exchange 2003, and the first task for email is to create a mailbox...
  • Blog Post: Get TechNet Plus for half price

    Thought you'd like this one if you live in the UK at least. Check out this page on microsoft.com, where there is a huge pricing discount for TechNet Plus subscriptions. If you purchase TechNet Plus directly through that site (ie not through a partner) from now until the end of the year, there is close...
  • Blog Post: MSN Messenger 5.1 Tab Functions

    I just stumbled across Marts blog entry and thought this was such a cool way to use of the tabbed capability of Windows Messenger 5.1 to embed a view of your Exchange email. Had to share it! Nice one Mart & Stef- great tip.
  • 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: What days do spammers take off?

    Kind of interesting this one. I was looking through some of the logs for my home-brewed spam system on my home hetwork. Not perfect, but a lot cheaper than commercial products - even as a Microsoft employee, I would still need to buy this stuff otherwise, and as an ex-Exchange dev, it's not that hard...
  • Blog Post: Dilemmas, Upgrades and Decisions.

    <Holiday Thoughts> Returning back to work mode. Holiday season for me now finally over this year (I've been whizzing, well as much as you can at 3 knots max, up and down the canal networks in the UK). Fantastic time, can't wait to go again. While at the helm though, I've pondered a few times about...
  • Blog Post: TechNet improvements

    Just came across this yesterday. If you are a TechNet subscriber, changes to the online site have been made which makes organising your subscription much easier through the introduction of the TechNet indexes. You can find this at http://www.microsoft.com/technet/index . In this Septembers shipment...
  • 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: Outlook Date Confusion

    Here's some wierdness for the day. My collegue Eileen blogged about the Outlook calendar ending on 31st August 4500 . As soon as she mentioned it, a light-bulb immediately lit up as I've done many years of Exchange developer stuff in the past ranging from raw MAPI, through CDO 1.21, CDOSys/CDONTS and...
  • Blog Post: Enable Remote Desktop Connection through Windows Firewall Remotely

    Yesterday evening, I was at home and attempting to remotely connect to my XP desktop machine in the office to access an application which was installed there, but not installed on my laptop. This was over VPN. Now I’ve only had both machines for a few weeks since moving over here and was positive that...
  • Blog Post: New research into why Soda drinks are bad for your teeth

    Everyone knows that fizzy drinks are bad for your teeth. However, after extensive research (OK, so 8 days being over in America), I have a new theory. The first couple of days I was out there drinking "Soda", I kept hitting my gum onto my teeth every time I took a sip of coke. I figured I was just jet...
  • Blog Post: Network diagram correction

    Well spotted to the people who noticed the deliberate mistake on my network diagram to support the blogcast series on infrastructure essentials. The inet.external.net machine representing the Internet and my ISP should indeed by on IP address 172.16.8.1, not 172.168.8.1 as the diagram says. I'll get...
  • Blog Post: Why business travel isn't always the best option

    I got sent this through earlier today and hadn't seen it before. However, it definitely goes down as the funniest thing I've seen or heard this week. Was trying to find somewhere to file it for safekeeping, and my blog seemed fairly appropriate. It's an advert for Office OneNote about why business travel...
  • Blog Post: Backing up Windows Sharepoint Services

    Although I have a fair few ideas as to mini-projects to complete over the Christmas & New Year holiday, it will probably come as no surprise to many of you that there is always the possibility that family will get in the way ;) On the assumption that I can find enough excuses, one thing I've prepped...
  • Blog Post: MSN Search Launched

    Kind of hard to miss the launch party. Well, as it happens I did :-) Even though I'd consciously seen Bill Gates plastered over the home page of both www.msn.com and www.msn.co.uk on-and-off all morning, it never dawned on me to read what the story might be about. You can find out more from Christopher...
  • Blog Post: Generic scripted weekly backup solution - your feedback results

    Following last weeks post regarding the script I used to back up my home Exchange 2003 SP1 Server running under Virtual Server 2005 on a weekly full backup with daily differential backup, I've received upwards of 30 emails, all positive, thankfully!!! I'm overwhelmed, so a big thanks to everyone who...
  • Blog Post: Outlook calendars - display multiple timezones

    I've just got out from a meeting and after a colleague happened to display their calendar on the projector noticed something which (for me at least) is really dead useful. I never knew you could display more than one timezone on your Outlook calendar simultaneously. I regularly have online meetings with...
  • Blog Post: Windows Genuine Advantage

    You may have noticed, if you've been downloading anything recently from microsoft.com, that with the exception of security updates, you now have to install an ActiveX control. Windows Genuine Advantage went live on 25th July after some 10 months of beta use as a global anti-piracy initiative. If you...