<![CDATA[To The Cloud!!! -A b(v)log  about windows + life - Blog]]>Tue, 13 Mar 2018 22:00:03 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[Virtual Lab Environment Discussion]]>Thu, 01 Oct 2015 04:43:19 GMThttp://tothecloud.me/blog/virtual-lab-environment-discusionWe will be discussing various aspects of virtualization. We touch on the pros and cons of VMware Workstation and Hyper-V.
<![CDATA[Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP)]]>Thu, 01 Oct 2015 03:12:38 GMThttp://tothecloud.me/blog/microsoft-desktop-optimization-pack-mdop1I 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.

<![CDATA[SD Card Buyers Guide]]>Thu, 01 Oct 2015 03:01:42 GMThttp://tothecloud.me/blog/sd-card-buyers-guideThe 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. Picture
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.

Speed / Class:  SanDisk Extreme PRO 64GB UHS-I/U3  est. $57.00

Read Up to 95MB/s ; Write Up to 90MB/s
4K Ultra HD and Full HD Video
UHS Speed Class 3 (U3)

This card will play and record 4K videos. You may not think you need this until you purchase a Go Pro Silver and decide to record at 4K.

Great for Cell phones, Smartphones, Android Tablets, Tablet PCs.
Great speed and performance for full HD video recording, high resolution pictures, mobile gaming, music and more.
Water proof, Temperature Proof, X-Ray proof, Magnetic proof
Compatible with devices with micro SDxC slots.
Up to 48MB/s read and write.

This would be a great companion to the Surface Pro 3 If you do not need to play 4K videos.

A couple Notes:  Unrelated to performance

1. I suggest using bit locker to encrypt the external card. This way sensitive information can be safeguarded if the tablet is lost or stolen. Or the card is removed without your knowledge.

2. If you want to Use Hyper-V you are not able to use this storage for VHDs. So install as much as possible on the XSD and leave the main storage for the virtual machines.

I hope this helps you make a good decision. I wish I had bought the SHC in retrospect for 10 dollars more as the GO Pro I am buying shoots in 4K. I suspect the write times will factor in.
<![CDATA[Surface Pro 3 Dock and Mini Display Ports]]>Thu, 01 Oct 2015 02:52:57 GMThttp://tothecloud.me/blog/surface-pro-3-dock-and-mini-display-ports

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.

<![CDATA[Lumia 635 and Microsoft Wireless Display in DASH]]>Sat, 11 Jul 2015 02:46:06 GMThttp://tothecloud.me/blog/lumia-635-and-microsoft-wireless-display-in-my-infiniti-g35I 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 took the liberty to capture some footage in action.
<![CDATA[Windows to Go]]>Tue, 16 Jun 2015 02:42:58 GMThttp://tothecloud.me/blog/windows-to-goPicture
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.

Windows To Go is Windows 8.1, to go All of the great technologies you use with Windows 8.1 Enterprise work with Windows To Go: Group Policy, BitLocker, BranchCache, AppLocker, App-V, UE-V, and DirectAccess. Windows To Go is literally Windows 8.1 Enterprise in your pocket. Read the feature overview

<![CDATA[The Ultimate Hyper-V Lab machine]]>Tue, 02 Jun 2015 02:39:35 GMThttp://tothecloud.me/blog/june-01st-2015Picture
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.