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: Branch Office Infrastructure Solution - lots of new information now available

    The Branch Office Infrastructure Solution, or BOIS (which is far too easy to mis-type if you've worked in computing for a lot of years - think about it) has been released. The BOIS guidance and tools are designed and structured to address the needs of large organisations and enterprises in designing...
  • Blog Post: I'm back.... More on Virtual Server 2005

    Well I'm over in the USA now having left the UK 5 days ago. After a spot of "New Employee" training on Monday & Tuesday (seems they didn't spot I'm not a new employee and wouldn't let me off the hook) it's been down to getting my new machines up and running, office sorted, and getting into the detail...
  • Blog Post: PKI and Certificate Management Information in Windows Server 2003

    While on the subject of Certificates/Encryption/IPSec/PKI in general yesterday, I was looking around for some good information on how PKI works to post up. One white paper which stuck-out from the pile was published in December last year (so it's reasonably up to date) by David B. Cross and Avi Ben-Menahem...
  • Blog Post: Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions

    OK, so I'm a couple of months behind the times.... but in case you aren't already aware, there's a free 400+ page Microsoft Press E-Book available online. It makes interesting reading and has an all-up view of Microsoft virtualization covering Hyper-V, System Centre Virtual Machine Manager, Application...
  • Blog Post: Forms Based Authentication and RPC/HTTP over single IP using ISA 2004

    You would think that this would be something fairly simple to do.... Well, think again, unless you know. In the scenario I was trying to get working, there are essentially three servers involved - a domain controller running Windows Server 2003, a single Exchange 2003 Server and an ISA 2004 Server. ...
  • 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: Updated document - changes to functionality in Microsoft Windows Server 2003 SP1

    There is a revised version of a document just posted on microsoft.com describing the changes in functionality in Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1. It reflects Microsoft's early thinking about Service Pack 1 and its implications for developers. Note that there will be future versions of this document...
  • Blog Post: File Server Migration Toolkit

    Virtualisation for migration and consolidation isn't always the best answer. I'm not saying it isn't appropriate always, but there are alternatives. One great example which I was asked by a customer last week about was for migrating and consolidating older file servers. The answer could be the Microsoft...