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    BYOB Episode 118


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    Grab a chair, it’s a long show this week. Mike Howard of the JPEG2RAW Podcast joins us this week. Michael reviews his past year of testing Windows 8 and Windows 2012 Essentials. Discuss the lack of good server AMD vs. Intel data. What we want the next XBOX (Durango) to be. This weeks BYOB Podcast.

    Michael’s Windows Testing the Short Version

    Windows Server 2012 Essentials

     

    Pros:

    Services available and worth noting

    Domain, DHCP, DNS, RRAS, RDP (RDSH / VDI), WSUS

    Interesting that I was able to join other DC's to it

    365 integration

    2012 Single point management for multiple servers

    Its basically full server 2012 minus a few services

     

    Cons:

    No Hyper-V

    Consoles are buried

    Storage Spaces performance is poor

     

    Windows 8 – HTPC

     

    Pros:

    Still has Media enter in it

    Has lots of great media apps, Netflix, Gobble, Hulu and Games

    Steam Big Picture Mode for gaming

    Tiles are great for 10' experience

    Tiles can be organized and categorized

    User accounts = Unique sessions

    Using a front end for media can work great

    360 controller drivers are native

     

    Cons:

    Cannot customize WMC

    No native playback of BD still

    No native or apps for frontend to media collections with a similar design theme

    No native or apps for TV/ DVR functions

     

    Windows 8 – Desktop PC

     

    Pros:

    Improved experience in desktop

    Multi monitor support

    Fast overall

    Awesome search

    Hyper-V host capability

    Touch, if you have a touch screen...

    3rd party add ons can customize the experience ...Just like Windows 7! Rainmeter, RocketDock, Stardock's tools

     

    Cons:

    Start screen is a intrusive and jarring in a large display / multi monitor environment

    Full screen Metro apps do not always scale well

    Some familiar/useful power tools are buried now

    Servers – AMD or Intel?

    As discussed on the show do you know of any testing between G34 and E5 CPUs?

     

    Mike’s AMD Spec G34 Server Base = $1,840.00

    CPU - AMD Opteron 6272 Interlagos 2.1GHz Socket G34 115W 16-Core

    MOBO - SUPERMICRO MBD-H8SGL-F-O

    RAM - 2x Kingston 64GB (4x16GB) 240-Pin DDR3 KVR16R11D4K4/64G

     

    Mike’s Intel Spec E5 Server Base = $2,520

    CPU - Intel Xeon E5-2650 Sandy Bridge-EP 2.0GHz LGA 2011 95W 8-Core

    MOBO - SUPERMICRO X9SRI-F

    RAM - 2x Kingston 64GB (4x16GB) 240-Pin DDR3 KVR16R11D4K4/64G

     

    Mike’s Intel Spec SB-E Server Base = $1,420.00

    CPU - 2x Intel Core i7-3820 Sandy Bridge-E 3.6GHz LGA 2011 130W 4-Core

    MOBO - SUPERMICRO MBD-X9DRL-3F-O

    RAM - 2x Kingston 32GB (4 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 KVR1333D3N9HK4/32G

    NextBOX – What We Think Durango Should Be

    We round table about what it has to do for us to buy it. Can it be an HTPC replacement?

     

     

     

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