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: Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 Announcements

    Yesterday was significant for two reasons. Two related announcements were made on microsoft.com regarding the support policy for those of you running microsoft applications in virtual environments. I am asked about this so often, and am frustrated by the answers I have had to previously give. No longer...
  • Blog Post: Watch those group policy settings carefully

    Many people get caught out with group policy - I stand up and tell people all about some of the gotchas on a regular basis. You know, things like making sure you understand the double negatives such as Disabling "Do not keep history of recently opened documents" to keep the history. It really is worth...
  • Blog Post: Part 14: Infrastructure essentials Blogcast - Preparing to receive mail through SMTP transfer

    Continuing the blogcast series on infrastructure essentials. This next blogcast raises the bar in terms of email retrieval. In the previous part, we were using POP3 email retrieval, similar to many home users retrieve email from an ISP hosted mailbox. This solution isn't necessarily ideal for business...
  • Blog Post: ISA Server cannot load the property page 0xc0040357 on export or backup

    How to fix the following error on ISA 2004 backup or export: ISA Server cannot load the property page. Error: 0xc00403557 The Server referenced by Array [ArrayName] does not exist A bit off topic for my usual blogging activities, but I had to share the resolution to this problem with you. I've...
  • 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: How to upgrade from SUS to WSUS

    Marc Shepard, a Program Manager for Microsoft in the US held a session at Tech·Ed Orlando this year about how to upgrade from SUS to Windows Server Update Services, the next version of SUS. I know this session was highly rated, and I've already listened to it from the conference website. If you don't...
  • 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: 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: Part 18: Infrastructure essentials Blogcast - RPC/HTTP for Outlook & Exchange - Initial Setup

    Continuing the blogcast series on infrastructure essentials. The third part of configuring RPC over HTTP for Outlook 2003 configures the registry on Exchange 2003 and ensures that IIS is correctly configured on our Exchange server. This is a critical step in ensuring that internal problems are non...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2003 R2 End-To-End Overview

    If you missed yesterdays webcast exploring the three key areas of the upcoming Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2: Branch Office, Storage Management and Active Directory Federation Services, it is available "on demand" to listen at your leisure. If you're new to Windows Server 2003 R2, this provides an...
  • 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: Silently Removing XP Games

    I'm often sent questions by email about how to do x, how to do y, what does z do etc. This one was a common issue, so I felt it was worth sharing. During their installation, a particular company had included the standard XP games (minesweeper, solitaire and so on). It was a relatively small company ...
  • Blog Post: Blogcast: Virtual Server 2005 R2 Host Clustering How To - Part 1 of 5

    If you watched the demonstration blogcast of Virtual Server 2005 R2 I posted up at the weekend, yesterday, I ripped the environment apart to build it again from scratch so you can see how I built it. So, another blogcast series starts, but only 5 parts this time. This first part configures the shared...
  • 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: Part 7: Infrastructure essentials Blogcast - Our first certificate authority

    Continuing the blogcast series on infrastructure essentials. We're now moving towards making Outlook Web Access (OWA), Outlook via RPC/HTTP and ultimately VPN connectivity available from the Internet. To make access from the Internet secure, we need a means to be able to encrypt the traffic from the...
  • Blog Post: Part 13: Infrastructure essentials Blogcast - Receive external email through POP3 polling

    Continuing the blogcast series on infrastructure essentials. Unlucky 13 for some - it certainly was for me, I had to record it three times and still had problems along the way! Oh, the joys of real world "live" computing! Anyway, now that we can send email externally from our Active Directory/Exchange...
  • Blog Post: Part 10: Infrastructure essentials Blogcast - OWA goes SSL (nearly)

    Continuing the blogcast series on infrastructure essentials. To re-configure our Outlook Web Access which is currently available on the Internet using http into https, we need a way of configuring the external interface of the ISA server to do "SSL Termination". By this, I mean that the SSL channel...
  • Blog Post: Blogcast: Virtual Server 2005 R2 Host Clustering How To - Part 4 of 5

    If you watched the demonstration blogcast of Virtual Server 2005 R2 I posted up at the weekend, yesterday, I ripped the environment apart to build it again from scratch so you can see how I built it. In part 3, the new cluster group for the virtual machine was created. In the penultimate part of this...
  • Blog Post: Part 22: Infrastructure essentials Blogcast - RPC/HTTP for Outlook & Exchange - Bounce OWA through Localhost

    Continuing the blogcast series on infrastructure essentials. To make the next steps clearer, here's a picture of what we're trying to achieve in combining Forms Based Authentication with RPC/HTTP, and the routes through which traffic will flow. Hopefully a picture speaks a thousand words - the blogcast...
  • Blog Post: Part 8: Infrastructure essentials Blogcast - Publishing Outlook Web Access

    Continuing the blogcast series on infrastructure essentials. One step closer to making webmail available. In this blogcast, we publish our Outlook Web Access on the Internet, but initially using HTTP rather than HTTPS - the reason for this at this stage is that this gives us the potential to be able...
  • 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: 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: 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: Part 16: Infrastructure essentials Blogcast - RPC/HTTP for Outlook & Exchange - Initial Setup

    Continuing the blogcast series on infrastructure essentials. By popular demand (so you can all stop emailing me now please!), we're going to tackle the subject of RPC over HTTP in the next 10 or 11 parts. First, I feel it important to set the scene to paint a clearer picture of what we are trying...
  • Blog Post: Resource Tool Kit 2.0 for Microsoft Identity Integration Server 2003 (MIIS) is now available

    The Resource Tool Kit 2.0 for Microsoft Identity Integration Server 2003 (MIIS) is now available for download . The primary focus of the new release has been to improve the portfolio of tools that helps the manageability of the MIIS system. A description of the new tools available in this release is...