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.