We will be discussing various aspects of virtualization. We touch on the pros and cons of VMware Workstation and Hyper-V.

I stumbled upon a nice tool called DART recently. It is available through The Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) is a suite of technologies available as a subscription for Software Assurance customers.

It is refreshing to see that Microsoft has tool available to reset local passwords if need be.

Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack. The Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) is a suite of technologies available as a subscription to Microsoft Software Assurance customers designed to help IT professionals virtualize the user experience, applications, and Windows; manage features within Windows; and restore user productivity after a system issue.

Click on any of the blue squares below for detailed guidance to help you deploy and use MDOP technologies. You'll also find the latest news around current and future MDOP releases, and resources to help you troubleshoot common issues.

The first thing you need to decide is which factor matters most to you? I am breaking this out into factors.

Factors: Cost, Speed, Class and Capacity
The higher the read / write the better in my opinion.
Go for a Class 10 at least
The UHS Speed will vary on higher speed cards.

Lets look at some cards in a similar price range based on these factors.
Price / Speed: Samsung 64GB PRO Class 10 Micro SDXC est.. $45.00   

Read was not published on the web site so I went to Samsung's site
Read: up to 90MB/s with UHS-1 interface
Write: Up to 50MB/s with UHS-1 interface

I recently bought this for my Surface Pro 3. This will no doubt  play 4K videos, however it will not record them.


You can buy a variety of mini display ports at your local computer electronics store. I bought a Belkin mini Display to HDMI, and a DVI no name brand that both work fine.

The adapters range in price and quality so going local the best bet in my opinion. This way you can swap the dongle out if need be.  Don't get me wrong I buy online all the time however I cringe when I buy a 25 dollar item online and pay 8 dollars in return shipping to swap it for another item.  

How I set my rig up: I achieved 2 external  monitors by plugging one Mini Display into the Dock, and the other into the Surface above the USB device.

Note: Some adapters will work on the dock and the surface, and others will work exclusively on the surface. Make sure you do some testing before the return policy is up.

I decided to tinker with my Lumia and see if it would pipe Video and Audio into my G35 via the HDMI to RCA adapter. This worked pretty well. I wish the Nokia App would not completely mute the music while it is playing.  However it is neat to see Microsoft adding a feature like wireless screen projection to the phone line-up. Look mom no cords (grin).

I recently setup Windows to Go on my Surface Pro 3 via my 64 GB Super Talent USB 3.0 Flash Drive (ST3U28GR4 ). I simply obtained my corporate approved ISO image and provided a BitLocker Password. Next I installed the Surface Pro 3 drivers. Now I can simply go to recovery options > advanced startup > and choose a USB device. This allows me to connect to the corporate environment from home.

This is super cool and relatively fast. I highly recommend the 128 GB stick as I quickly burned through the 32GB option after applying patches.

I recently purchased this Dell Precision T7910 for my Hyper-V Lab. This machine is a powerhouse and surprisingly quite. You can barely hear the fans running after the machine posts. I currently have 128 GB  of 512  max ram and 3 Samsung EVO SSDs.  I feel confident knowing that I can do some serious lab work with this setup. That means I can publish some RAD b(v)logs in the near future.

 Purchases like these yield rewards for Dell "Advantage Rewards" members. The 5% reward helped me buy a Dell Venue 10 at a groovy price. Now my Surface Pro 3 has a little brother.

  Truth be told I would have preferred the surface 3. However I couldn't pass up the 5% rewards I racked up on T7910.