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: 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: 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: 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: Windows Server virtualization

    ...is here (nearly). I'll provide more details over the coming days, but with WinHEC now upon us, the covers are lifted on both Windows Server virtualization and System Center Virtual Machine Manager (aka Carmine). For now, the best place to find info is on presspass . I've also now setup the Virtual...
  • 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: Would you change your PC for $125,000? I would.

    If you want to make a difference, now is your chance. Just launched at the WinHEC (Windows Hardware & Engineering) conference is a competition running until October this year open to design teams, students and individual designers alike, to envision the next generation of Windows Based PCs. The prize...
  • Blog Post: New Windows Support for RAW file format - RAW Image Thumbnailer and Viewer

    If you're a fan of Digital Photography, read on. There was an interesting press release yesterday (which I can't unfortunately find on the Presspass site) about how Microsoft is going to be natively supporting the commonly used RAW file format in Digital Cameras in the next version of Windows, codename...
  • 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: 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: Windows Server 2003 SP1 RC1 (Release Candidate 1) is now available for download.

    Apart from a plethora of security enhancements, there are some pretty compelling reasons to take an early look at SP1. Apart from the built in firewall which is akin to the XP SP2 firewall, but better, the two features I particularly like are the Post-Setup Security Updates (PSSU) and the Security Configuration...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2003 x64 and Windows XP Professional x64 go RTM

    In addition to the SP1 release of Windows Server 2003 the x64 versions of Windows Server 2003 and XP Professional have been released to manufacturing. These release are for processors including the AMD Opteron and Athlon 64, and the Intel Xeon and Pentium 4 processors with EM64T (Extended Memory 64 Technology...
  • Blog Post: Linux Integration Services for Hyper-V - Two announcements

    Yesterday, we announced that the Linux Integration Components for Hyper-V have been released under a GPL v2 license for inclusion in future versions of the Linux kernel. More information on this can be found in the presspass article here . The second announcement is that today, we released RC2 (Release...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server TechNet major update

    So many announcements in one day. To coincide with the launch of Windows Server 2003 SP1, the Windows Server 2003 TechCenter (TechCentre when spelt correctly) has been significantly revamped to include all the latest information. If you haven't seen this site before, I urge you to take a look. Essentially...
  • Blog Post: Windows Messenger 5.1 available for download

    Windows Messenger 5.1 (English) is now available for download. I've been running the 5.1 beta for a while now internally at Microsoft. For me, it's great in that I can sign in to both a corporate service and a .NET service at the same time from the Internet without having VPNs and the like set up. I...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2003 SP1 Blocking Toolkit

    As for the capability (now expired) to stop Windows XP SP2 being delivered through Microsoft Update, now a similar toolkit is available for download from Microsoft.com to block SP1 for Windows Server 2003. It is critically important to realise that the blocking capability is temporary. After 30th March...
  • Blog Post: License changes for Windows Server - Virtualisation goes mainstream

    BIG NEWS DAY FOR VIRTUALISATION TECHNOLOGY! As was just announced at SoftSummit in Santa Clara, CA today, Microsoft is making some big changes to licensing in from Windows Server 2003 R2 which launches very soon. As was announced at the Microsoft Management Summit earlier this year, Microsoft is committed...
  • Blog Post: WinTarget software incorporated into Windows Storage Server

    Definitely worth looking at as I've been using the WinTarget iSCSI target software on trial for a while now. Microsoft has just acquired the WinTarget software product and will be incorporating it into future versions of Windows Storage Server 2003. A Microsoft native iSCSI target solution has been sorely...