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: Managing your windows websites and web services

    If part of your job entails monitoring and management of Windows Websites and Web Services hosted on Windows Servers and are using MOM to manage that environment, take a look at the latest version of the free management pack download "Microsoft Web Sites and Web Services Management Pack for MOM 2005...
  • 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: Proxy server configuration

    Always a co-incidence. I was writing a script a few days ago which essentially is a Technorati "pinger" for blog updates. I was writing it at home, and it was working fine. I forwarded it to a few colleagues, and wasn't expecting them to tell me that while they were physically on the Microsoft corpnet...
  • 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: 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: Winter Fun Pack 2004 for Windows XP - free download

    The Winter Fun Pack 2004 for Windows XP was recently published on microsoft.com. The download includes: Stunning Holiday visualizations, skins and PowerToys for Windows Media Player 10. Winter Fun Wallpaper Changer and Holiday Elf Dancer. Holiday music autoplaylists for Windows Media Player 10. A new...
  • 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: 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: MSH - Monad. The next Windows Command Shell

    There's some great information up on Channel 9 about MSH (codename Monad). If you're a command line or scripting person, the information here on the MSDN Channel 9 site is for you. Sounds very interesting and definitely something worth taking a good look at. Thanks to Thomas Lee for giving me the heads...
  • Blog Post: Scriptomatic (revisited)

    The Scripting Guys released version 2 of their "Scriptomatic" tool a couple of weeks ago. Don't be put off by the somewhat frivolous name - it has some very true value. One such example I frequently use is for the WQL queries in WMI filters when building Group Policy Objects - this tool saves a lot of...
  • Blog Post: Edit VHD, VUD and VFD files directly

    Gilles Vollant of WinImage fame contacted me a few weeks ago to have a look at the latest beta of WinImage. I've been playing with it for a while now and it's been acting flawlessly. Why would this be of particular interest to me? One very good reason - the beta supports mounting VHD (Virtual Hard Disk...
  • Blog Post: Windows Small Business Server 2003 (SBS2003) SP1 Now Available

    Just gone live is Service Pack 1 for Small Business Server SP1. This builds on the Service Pack 1 release for Windows Server 2003, but is tuned more specifically to the overall capabilities of SBS and introduces some additional features in this really neat product. In addition to Windows Server 2003...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: HMV Case Study

    There's an interesting case study recently published on the Microsoft UK web-site for HMV who are using Microsoft Technologies to support both their physical stores and online store. You can read more here . (Just also noticed it was mentioned in the latest TechNet Flash email newsletter - to receive...
  • 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: 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: Colossus Rebuild at Bletchley Park - Tony Sales presentation

    I felt very privileged to be able to attend a BCS (British Computer Society) event held last night, purely co-incidentally, at the Microsoft Campus in Reading where I happen to work. The event was presented by Tony Sale and about how he led the project to rebuild "Colossus", the famous code-breaking...
  • 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: Virtual Machine detection from guests

    There are a few "known" hacks to determine if a program is running under a Virtual Machine, unfortunately none of these supported by Microsoft. The most common one is the WMI query to find the motherboard manufacturer - if it is Microsoft, then, as of today at least, given that Microsoft don't manufacture...
  • 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: Group Policy Wiki

    I must learn more about Wiki's - it's not something I've been inclined particularly to look at in any great depth, but they are a great way to collaborate and share information about just about anything. Having just found a Wiki on Group Policy, it had to be worth blogging. It can be found at http:/...
  • Blog Post: microsoft.com continues to amaze me

    I'm simply staggered at the size of the microsoft.com site, so it's not surprising when you find a dead useful page or sub-site up there which you never knew of before. If anyone knows of a link to the stats for microsoft.com, I'd love to hear from you. Anyway, here's a page I literally just stumbled...
  • Blog Post: Cleartype Tuner

    One of these always useful links to have - I just changed to a new laptop a couple of weeks before Christmas, and the default LCD display was somewhat fuzzy even with ClearType turned on. If you didn't know, you can use an online tool to optimise the cleartype settings here . There's also an XP Powertoy...
  • Blog Post: Installing MOM 2005 with SQL 2000 SP4

    I was attempting to install Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 on my laptop a week or so ago, and struggling to work out why the MOM installed kept saying that the pre-requisites for installing MOM weren't up to scratch. Specificially, it was complaining that SQL Server 2000 SP3 or later was not installed...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) Download Link

    While on the subject of patching here is the home page for the newly released Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), the next generation of SUS. To find out more about patching, management and securing your networks, have a browse through Eileens or Steves blog. WSUS is a patch and update component...