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    Surface 3

    By Dave, in Surface Geeks,

    I need to clear something up before I get on with this look at Surface 3. As soon as I got back home with the Surface 3 I had to leave on vacation.  You know, one of those vacations that you are not supposed to take review gear, laptops, and well...work.  I had just a few days with Surface 3.  Enough to put out a great podcast about the device but very short from a full review.  That means I have a lot of homework items to accomplish once Spring Break is over. I have some of my initial thoughts below and I  have a killer gallery for you.  I had a chance to get some shots of it in NYC before heading back to Surface Geeks HQ.

    Surface 3 on Surface Geeks Podcast

    I also had to agree to holding any review material or unboxing video until April 7th. Getting the device on March 31st made this very difficult.

    Lastly, I don't want to dwell on Surface RT or Surface 2.  I'm not going to lament over RT, apps, and the like.  I will however, talk about size and shape a little bit.  Sorry RT, Surface 3 is here.

     
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    Let's get into it.



    You already  know this Surface. If you like the size of the original RT or Surface 2 you will like the overall size of the Surface 3.  It is roughly the same size but makes slight changes to move from 16:9 to 3:2. The size is comparable to Surface Pro 3 but about 1.2 inches smaller.  It's the lightest Surface yet at 622 grams or 1.37 pounds and should get you through the day with up to 10 hours of battery life.  You can pre-order it now but it won't come with a pen or keyboard.  I hate to say you should get either one and this is what makes this tablet so compelling.  Some will love the pen ability with it and others will enjoy tablet with the keyboard. Myself, I could never get by without a keyboard.

    It's going to be interesting to see how the 2 Gb RAM version does in the real world.  My model is the 4Gb/128Gb SSD so I won't have any hands on with the lesser version.  The 2Gb/64Gb SSD is $499 and is tempting but I would always opt for the 4Gb of RAM. That pushes the price to $599 and ever so closer to Surface Pro 3.  This pricing argument may go on forever especially coupled with the fact you have to tack on $129 if you want the keyboard.  Thankfully, prior to launch there have already been deals spotted for bundles.

    There are no more options for storage on Surface 3. It's 64 or 128. The next step up is adding on LTE and that won't be available until Summer 2015.  If you want to move up to 8Gb of RAM that is also in Pro 3 territory only.

    Wait, did you say LTE? Shut the front door, Microsoft finally put a mobile chip in a Surface!  We don't know all the details but it looks like there will be a couple of carriers involved. It remains to be seen if there will be any "free data" package with it by default.

    Layout


    You won't find any cooling vents on the Surface 3. It's thin and passively cooled Atom x7 processor sits tucked in to the top portion of the tablet while battery takes up the rest of the area in the package.
    Externally it offers the same keyboard/cover port on the bottom, Mini Display port, USB, micro USB charging port and a headphone port.
    The top of the tablet offers the power button on the left side which you are used to on Surface Pro 3 but it's in the opposite corner of the Surface 2 and RT.  The volume rocker is on the top this time.  Surface Pro 3 users are used to finding it on the left side.  Much like other versions of Surface the top of the tablet has a WiFi and cellular radio, friendly material for it's antennas.  The left side of the tablet is completely void of ports or features.  Just the indent to help pull the kickstand out.  Surface 3 still has the Windows button on the right hand side much like Surface Pro 3.  I prefer this position compared to Pro 2 and 2 being on the bottom.

    Kickstand


    The new Surface 3 has a 3 position kickstand that will allow you to put the tablet in an almost vertical position, a nice working position, and a laid back position that is great for a standing desk, tablet mode, or sharing a screen on a kitchen counter.  I like the new stand but I need a little more time with it to see if I like it better than the Pro 3 uber-adjustable kickstand.  I do like the fact that the Surface 3 is a quick click to open where the Pro 3 usually takes 2 hands to get perfectly adjusted.
    One odd and picky thing I noticed is the indentation that allows you to pull the kickstand out on the Surface 3 is slightly higher than the Surface Pro 3.  SP3 owners will reach for the kickstand blindly and it will be just a tad higher on the 3.  That's getting picky!

    Power Adapter


    I like the micro USB power port.  Microsoft is trying to convince us that we all have several of these charging cables laying around as well as power bricks.  It's true Microsoft.  I have tons.  The Surface 3 brick is a 13 watt charging brick that comes with a heavy duty cable to get the job done.
    One more test I'll be doing in the coming weeks will be to measure the charging time of the included charger with something like a 5 watt charger that comes with a phone or smaller tablet.
    I found the cable a little difficult to insert and get positioned perfectly.  It might take a little practice but I'm not sure I prefer the cable needing to angle downwards to the surface it's sitting on rather than having an option of having it go upwards like you can on Surface Pro 3.   It's nit picky I agree but I like having the option with the Surface Pro 3.  The cable is so stiff it was hard to get the adapter to sit flush against the surface bezel.
    The charging port is also a data USB port.  Another homework item for me is to try an OTG cabling option to see if I can charge and use the USB at the same time.  I simply ran out of time reviewing it!
    My last thoughts on the adapter is traveling will be lighter.  The Pro 3 power adapter includes a lot of cabling and a larger transformer. That should appeal to a certain set of travelers.

    The Surface 3 Keyboard


    This keyboard is nice.  It types different yet it's virtually the same size. The key layout is only slightly smaller than the Surface Pro 3.  I found it comfortable to use even coming from the Pro 3.

    How is it better?  Is it because it's new?  The keys seem firmer to press but not by much.  The also are springier if that is a word.  It will take some more time with it to find out but so far I like it.

    No big shock that the Surface Pro 3 trackpad is bigger but not by much.  It's 3.5 inches across and about 1.75 inches tall.

    The Surface 3 trackpad is 3" across and a little less than 1.5 inches tall.  I don't have a caliper tool to measure the thickness of the keybard compared to Surface Pro 3 but know that it is a tad thicker and a whole lot stiffer.  The bottom is that same material.  Yes, the pick up dirt and stain material but don't forget you can clean it with a damp cloth.

    Does Surface 3 keyboard work on Surface Pro 3 and vice versa?  Yes, however, I couldn't get the Surface 3 smaller keyboards magnets to stick up on the SP3 screen.  Same with trying the SP3 keyboard on the Surface 3.  It will only lay flat and not accordian up to type on a slant.


    Hardware by Microsoft


    The logo on the back is awesome. Microsoft started out with a flying Windows logo on the first RT, a Surface logo on the 2, and now it's a polished finish Microsoft logo. Very nice touch to the design. See the photo gallery for what you can do with that mirrored finish!


    Misc


    Finally. The camera on Surface doesn't suck. Ok, it wasn't that bad but without autofocus it was limited in my mind.  Now the rear facing camera is a 8 Megapixel autofocus lens. Time to whip it out at a concert and make everyone around you jealous! Ya right. Great upgrade though.

    Windows 10 will be so much fun on this Surface.

    I think if you are a "Pen" person you will love this Surface.

    Office 365 for a year.  Who doesn't already have an Office 365 free subscription?

    Yep, it's time to get out some apps and really take this Atom processor for a spin. What can it do? How long does the battery really last? Does Chrome kill it? Does it game?  Surface Geeks will be looking into that and more on upcoming podcasts and posts.  Hit the Surface Geeks Forums for more conversations on Surface 3.


     
     

    Surface 3 Gallery
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    Surface 3 and beyond

    This is where Spring Break takes over.  Give the podcast a listen. John Wiskowski, Jim Collison, and myself talk about Surface 3 and it's differences and strengths.  We get into the CPU choice, RAM, and more stuff that is not discussed in this article.  There will also be more to come here on the blog.  I know I've had it for a while now but I don't want to rush a judgment on this tablet.  You deserve more than that.  Just FYI though.  I really like this Surface.

    Dave

    Surface 3 on Surface Geeks 89

    By Dave, in Surface Geeks,

    We have a new Surface! Surface 3 is here and we have all you need to know about it! Ok, maybe not everything but both John and I have some serious hands on time with it and can't wait to tell you about it.  You can get hands on as well. Head to your local Microsoft Store and take a look.
     
    I have a ton of photographs and details about using it so stay tuned for a full review later. (as per MS I have to hold back a little bit) But don't fret, all the details are out about Surface 3, you can pre-order Surface 3 - Pre-Order now, and all the specs on at that link as well. Go get hands on and then order!
     
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    Surface 3 Excitement

    By Dave, in Surface Geeks,

    I just finished with Dave and Jim on the Surface Geeks Podcast (
    ) and am so excited for Surface 3! I have had my Surface Pro 3 for a few months and thoroughly enjoy using it everyday. If you listen regularly, you'll know I use it more as a tablet than as a laptop/desktop device. I love Windows 8.1 and touch enabled apps. Surface 3 is the perfect devices for me and will likely replace the Surface Pro 3 as my daily mobile machine. 
    Here's why:


    The Surface 3 is the lightest Surface ever, and one of the lightest x86 Windows PCs ever. The two handled feel is top notch, and it is even more usable in portrait mode, thanks to the 3:2 screen ratio.
    The Surface Pen makes more sense at this size. One "writes" on documents closer to 10.8" than 12".
    The Type Cover is better. Yup, even my least favorite feature of the Surface Pro 3 is a reason to love the Surface 3. There is sturdy and pleasant feel to the new, smaller keyboard. And the trackpad is smoother than ever.
    The "speeds and feeds" are spot on. I'll never worry about not having enough RAM or SSD with the 4GB/128GB model that is only $100 more than the base model. I love having a MicroSD card slot for extra media storage. The Mini DisplayPort is perfect for watching movies when I travel or hooking up to a projector at work. Wireless 802.11AC is a great standard that my home router supports, my Lumia 930 supports and many more devices will in the future.
    LTE... I can finally have a Windows 8.1 device that I can use anywhere and will want to use anywhere thanks to its size and weight.
    My plan is to keep visiting the Microsoft Store whenever I have a chance to play with the Surface 3 as we get closer to launch. 05.05.2015 can't come soon enough. (Sadly, late June for the LTE models.) I can't wait to have a thinner, lighter and more fun to use Surface in my life. Now, which color Surface Type Cover and Surface Pen do I want?
     
    Find out more about the Surface 3 and the new accessories here.
     
    34 days and counting!

    Joe_Miner
    By: John Stutsman
     
     
     

     
    Figure 1 -- HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 v2 with 256GB Samsung 840 Pro SSD attached to ODD SATA port (Bay 5) and powered from 4-pin FDD connector and two 3TB Seagate ST3000DM001s in Bays 1 and 2
     
     
     
    The HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 V2 is designed to accommodate a low profile optical disk drive (“ODD”) via an ODD SATA port (Bay 5) on the system board and a 4-pin FDD connector from the power supply unit (“PSU”).   In “Attaching a HDD to the ODD SATA Port in a HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 V2” I learned that, like in the MicroServer, this ODD SATA port and 4-pin FDD connector could be used to attach an additional hard disk drive (“HDD”) that I could manage with the HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i Controller. This opened up an interesting possibility of using a single drive RAID0 SSD as the OS drive attached to the ODD SATA port and using Bays 1 and 2 for a couple of 3TB drives in RAID1 for a data drive. While the ODD SATA port is a SATA II (3Gbps) it would still provide higher performance using a SSD than a HDD.
     
    Figure 2 shows an empty spot for the Samsung 840 Pro, in the place where a low profile ODD would go if installed, and using a SATA cable (with 180 degree or straight connectors at both ends), a Dell MX714 FDD to SATA Power Converter cable (“Dell MX714”) – see Figure 5, and some electrical tape I installed the 256GB Samsung 840 Pro SSD. I use HP’s Smart Storage Administrator (“SSA”) to create a single disk RAID0 Logical Drive 01 on the Dynamic Smart Array B120i in the HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 V2. The single disk is a 256GB Samsung 840 Pro SSD that is attached to the ODD SATA Port (identified in iLO as Port 5|Bay 5) – this would be my OS drive for Windows 8.1.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 2 – The RED Arrows mark the locations of the ODD SATA port (Port 5|Bay 5) on the System Board and the 4-pin FDD connector from the PSU. Yellow electrical tape is on the metal frame where the Samsung 840 Pro will to be placed.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 3 – A close-up view of the ODD SATA port (Port 5|Bay 5) on the System Board with a HighPoint SATA cable installed.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 4 – A close-up view of the 4-pin FDD Connector from the PSU
     
     
     

     
    Figure 5 – The Dell MX714 Floppy FDD to SATA Power Converter Cable that I removed from my ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer temporarily to test in the ProLiant DL320e Gen8 V2
     
     
     

     
    Figure 6 – Close-up view of the Samsung 840 Pro installed with the SATA data cable connected, Dell MX714 connected for power, and secured to the DL320e Gen8 V2 with strips of electrical tape
     
     
     

     
    Figure 7 – Another Close-up view of the Samsung 840 Pro installed with the SATA data cable connected, Dell MX714 connected for power, and secured to the DL320e Gen8 V2 with strips of electrical tape.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 8 – The new Logical Drive 01 created with a single drive RAID0 by the HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i Controller can be seen derived from the single physical drive, Port 5|Bay 5, 256GB Samsung 840 Pro SSD.
     
     
     

     
    Video 1 – I attach a Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD to the SATA ODD port (Bay 5) while also installing two 3TB Seagate ST3000DM001’s in drive Bays 1 & 2 of the HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 V2.
     
     
     

     
    Video 2 – I use HP’s Smart Storage Administrator to create a single disk RAID0 Logical Drive 01 on the Dynamic Smart Array B120i in a HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 V2. The single disk is a 256GB Samsung 840 Pro SSD that is attached to the ODD SATA Port (identified in iLO as Port 5|Bay 5).
     
     
     
    I had installed Windows 8.1 on my Gen8 MicroServer a number of times and found it relatively straightforward -- so instead of installing a Server OS on the DL320e this time I chose to see how a Windows 8.1 installation would go on the ProLiant DL320e Gen8 V2. It went very well!
     
    Using iLO4, I manually installed Windows 8.1 onto Logical Drive 01 of the HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 V2. I downloaded CP022624.exe from HPs Driver download web site (Windows Server 2012 R2 drivers) for the DL320e (see reference at the end of this blog) and used the 7-Zip utility to remove the B120i drivers from the exe and place into a folder that I linked via iLO4 to the Windows 8.1 installer when asked for the storage drivers (see Video 3). After Windows 8.1 was installed I loaded the drivers for iLO, Maxtor, and the SSA (see reference at the end of this blog).
     
     
     

     
    Video 3 – Using iLO4, I manually installed Windows 8.1 onto Logical Drive 01 of an HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 V2. I downloaded CP022624.exe from HPs Driver download web site for the DL320e (see reference below) and used the 7-Zip utility to remove the B120i drivers from the exe and place into a folder that I linked via iLO4 to the Windows 8.1 installer when asked for the storage drivers. After Windows 8.1 was installed I loaded the drivers for iLO, Maxtor, and the SSA.
     
     
     
    I then use HP’s Smart Storage Administrator to create a RAID1 Logical Drive 02 on the Dynamic Smart Array B120i using two ST3000DM001’s located in Bays 1 & 2.   Then I use Disk Management in Windows 8.1 to initialize Logical Drive 02 as GPT then I formatted it. Later I will do some performance testing.
     
     
     

     
    Video 4 – After installing Windows 8.1 on Logical Drive 01 of a HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 V2 I use HP’s Smart Storage Administrator to create a RAID1 Logical Drive 02 on the Dynamic Smart Array B120i using two ST3000DM001’s in Bays 1 & 2.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 9 – The new Logical Drive 02 created with two physical ST3000DM001’s in RAID1 by the HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i Controller can be seen below the single drive RAID0 Logical Drive 01
     
     
     

     
    Figure 10 – The view within HP’s Smart Storage Administrator of the 2 Arrays on the Dynamic Smart Array B120i Controller
     
     
     
    I measured the performance of the Logical Drives 01 and 02 made with the Dynamic Smart Array B120i Controller in the HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 V2 using HDTune, ATTO, and CrystalDiskMark (“CDM”).
     
     
     
     
     
    Figure 11– Performance of Logical Drive 01 which is the OS Drive 256GB Samsung 840 Pro SSD set up as a single drive RAID0 in the Dynamic Smart Array B120i Controller running Windows 8.1. As can been seen particularly in CDM while the sustained transfer rates are capped at SATA II speeds the random read and write rates are excellent -- substantially better than a typical HDD.
     
     
     
     
     
    Figure 12 – Performance of Logical Drive 02 which is the RAID1 Data Drive made from 2 ST3000DM001’s set up in the Dynamic Smart Array B120i Controller
     
     
     
    Current As-Built: Machine


    HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 v2 Xeon E3-1280 v3


    8GB ECC RAM


    OS: Windows 8.1


    OS Drive: 256GB RAID0 Logical Drive 01 made of 1 x 256GB Samsung 840 Pro attached to ODD SATA Port (Bay 5) on HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i RAID Controller

    Dell MX714 FDD to SATA Power Converter Cable
    Standard SATA cable 180 degrees (straight) both ends




    Data Drive: 3TB RAID1 Logical Drive 02 made of 2 x 3TB ST3000DM001 (Bays 1 & 2) on HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i RAID Controller
     
     
    References:
     
    Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Drivers for HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 v2 Server http://h20565.www2.hp.com/hpsc/swd/public/readIndex?sp4ts.oid=5379529&swLangOid=8&swEnvOid=4168
     
    B120i Drivers: CP022624.exe http://h20565.www2.hp.com/hpsc/swd/public/detail?sp4ts.oid=5379529&swItemId=MTX_09a49efe5daf4d74bb214f355d&swEnvOid=4168
     
    7-Zip http://www.7-zip.org/
     
    iLO Drivers: CP024529.exe http://h20565.www2.hp.com/hpsc/swd/public/detail?sp4ts.oid=5379529&swItemId=MTX_08989f8839a1412ca0a9561b2e&swEnvOid=4168
     
    iLO Drivers: CP024617.exe http://h20565.www2.hp.com/hpsc/swd/public/detail?sp4ts.oid=5379529&swItemId=MTX_6aae0f1005a34654859da67e4a&swEnvOid=4168
     
    Maxtor Drivers: CP022422.exe http://h20565.www2.hp.com/hpsc/swd/public/detail?sp4ts.oid=5379529&swItemId=MTX_2e56fd2e83d24867acb28acea4&swEnvOid=4168
     
    SSA Drivers (HP SSA): I used CP020938.exe but the current version is CP024254.exe https://h20566.www2.hp.com/hpsc/swd/public/detail?sp4ts.oid=5194887&swItemId=MTX_e4124c5963a3426fba009d33d3&swEnvOid=4168#tab1
     
    SSA Drivers (HP SSACLI): I used CP020950.exe but the current version is CP024256.exe https://h20566.www2.hp.com/hpsc/swd/public/detail?sp4ts.oid=5194887&swItemId=MTX_05d4c11e7ed3433e85c89ea604&swEnvOid=4168
     
    SSA Drivers (HP SSADU): I used CP020952.exe but the current version is CP024258.exe https://h20566.www2.hp.com/hpsc/swd/public/detail?sp4ts.oid=5194887&swItemId=MTX_f2b58c8ab0a04b489985b6ff71&swEnvOid=4168
     
    Dell MX714 Floppy FDD to SATA Power Converter Cable http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-OEM-Dell-MX714-Floppy-FDD-to-Sata-Power-Converter-Cable-/400298253923?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5d33a29e63 
     
    Attaching a HDD to the ODD SATA Port in a HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 v2 http://homeservershow.com/attaching-a-hdd-to-the-odd-sata-port-in-a-hp-proliant-dl320e-gen8-v2.html
     
    Using SSD’s in a HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 V2 http://homeservershow.com/using-ssds-in-a-hp-proliant-dl320e-gen8-v2.html
     
    HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 V2 and Windows Server 2012 R2 http://homeservershow.com/hp-proliant-dl320e-gen8-v2-and-windows-server-2012-r2.html
     
    HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 V2 and Windows Server Technical Preview http://homeservershow.com/hp-proliant-dl320e-gen8-v2-and-windows-server-technical-preview.html
     
    Check out CSKenney’s Gen8 links thread in the HomeServerShow forums: http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/5639-proliant-microserver-gen8-links/
     
    Check out the Gen8 Blog postings: http://homeservershow.com/tag/gen-8
     
    Check out the MicroServer Blog postings: http://homeservershow.com/tag/microserver
     
    My DL320e Gen8 V2 Playlist
     
     
     
     
     
     

    Dave
    Surface 3? Surface Pro 4? Let's discuss it and see what happens! Lots of news and Windows Phone as well.  Windows Phone dominates the discussion in the beginning but we do chat about Surface speculation and rumors.  When John and Jim both join me it always tends to go long. Apologies for length but i'll throw you a bone. Tired of Windows Phone discussion? Skip to 1:13:00.  I think the WP chat is good but it's mostly me with a new phone going over some of the things I notice. It's not a "bash WP" conversation as you might expect. Give it a listen and give me feedback in the forums.
     
    I just created a brand new forum for Windows Phone Apps and Reviews. Put your impressions of you favorite apps in there.
     
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    By: John Stutsman
     
     
     
     
     
    Figure 1 -- HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 v2 with 1TB 2.5” WD10JUCT attached to ODD SATA port and powered from 4-pin FDD connector
     
     
     
    The HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 V2 is designed to accommodate a low profile optical disk drive (“ODD”) via an ODD SATA port on the system board and a 4-pin FDD connector from the power supply unit (“PSU”).   I began to wonder if, like in the MicroServer, this ODD SATA port and 4-pin FDD connector could be used to attach an additional hard disk drive (“HDD”) that I could manage with the HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i Controller. I found out that I could do this and attached a Western Digital 2.5” 1TB drive WD10JUCT and ran a few performance tests on the WD10JUCT.
     
    I found an empty spot for the WD10JUCT in the place where the low profile ODD would go if installed and using a SATA cable (with 180 degree or straight connectors at both ends), a Dell MX714 FDD to SATA Power Converter cable (“Dell MX714”), and some electrical tape I installed the WD10JUCT. In HP’s Smart Storage Administrator (“SSA”) I created a Logical Drive 02 with a single drive RAID0 from the WD10JUCT then formatted it in Disk Management. This has opened up some interesting possibilities to look at in the future.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 2 – The RED Arrows mark the locations of the ODD SATA port on the System Board and the 4-pin FDD connector from the PSU. Yellow Electrical Tape was placed on the metal frame where the WD10JUCT will to be placed.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 3 – A close-up view of the ODD SATA port on the System Board with a HighPoint SATA cable installed.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 4 – A close-up view of the 4-pin FDD Connector from the PSU
     
     
     

     
    Figure 5 – The Dell MX714 Floppy FDD to SATA Power Converter Cable that I removed from my ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer temporarily to test in the ProLiant DL320e Gen8 V2
     
     
     

     
    Figure 6 – Close-up view of the WD10JUCT installed with the SATA data cable connected, Dell MX714 connected for power, and secured to the DL320e Gen8 V2 with a strip of electrical tape
     
     
     

     
    Figure 7 – Another Close-up view of the WD10JUCT installed with the SATA data cable connected, Dell MX714 connected for power, and secured to the DL320e Gen8 V2 with a strip of electrical tape. The SATA data cable can be followed to the ODD SATA port in this picture.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 8 – The new Logical Drive 02 created with a single drive RAID0 by the HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i Controller can be seen along with the Logical Drive 01 created and discussed in a previous Blog posting (see References at the end of this Blog Post).
     
     
     

     
    Video 1 – Video where I attach a 1TB 2.5” WD10JUCT to the SATA ODD port and using HP’s Smart Storage Administrator I create a single disk RAID0 Logical Drive 02 on the Dynamic Smart Array B120i in a HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 V2.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 9 – The view within HP’s Smart Storage Administrator of the 2 Arrays on the Dynamic Smart Array B120i Controller
     
     
     
    I measured the performance of the Logical Drive 02 made with the Dynamic Smart Array B120i Controller from a RAID0 of 1 physical Western Digital WD10JUCT attached to the ODD SATA port on the system board in the HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 V2 using HDTune, ATTO, and CrystalDiskMark (“CDM”).
     
     
     
     
     
    Figure 10 – Performance of Logical Drive 02 which is the WD10JUCT set up as a single drive RAID0 in the Dynamic Smart Array B120i Controller
     
     
     
    Current As-Built: Machine


    HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 v2 w/Xeon E3-1280v3
    8GB ECC RAM
    OS Drive C: 512GB Logical Drive 01 made of 2*Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD’s in RAID0 on HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i RAID Controller

    ICY DOCK EZConvert MB882SP-1S-1B 2.5” to 3.5” SATA 6Gbps SSD & HDD Converter (Supports 7mm & 9.5mm drive height)
    ICY DOCK EZConvert Air MB382SP-3B Open Air 2.5” to 3.5” SATA 6Gbps SSD & HDD Converter (Supports 7mm to 15mm drive height)


    OS: Windows Server 2012R2
    iLO 4
    Data Drive: 1TB Logical Drive 02 made of 1TB 2.5” WD10JUCT in single drive RAID0 on HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i RAID Controller

    Dell MX714 FDD to SATA Power Converter Cable
    Standard SATA cable 180 degrees (straight) both ends


     
     
    References:
     
    Dell MX714 Floppy FDD to SATA Power Converter Cable http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-OEM-Dell-MX714-Floppy-FDD-to-Sata-Power-Converter-Cable-/400298253923?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5d33a29e63 
     
    Using SSD’s in a HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 V2 http://homeservershow.com/using-ssds-in-a-hp-proliant-dl320e-gen8-v2.html
     
    HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 V2 and Windows Server 2012 R2 http://homeservershow.com/hp-proliant-dl320e-gen8-v2-and-windows-server-2012-r2.html
     
    HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 V2 and Windows Server Technical Preview http://homeservershow.com/hp-proliant-dl320e-gen8-v2-and-windows-server-technical-preview.html
     
    Check out CSKenney’s Gen8 links thread in the HomeServerShow forums: http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/5639-proliant-microserver-gen8-links/
     
    Check out the thread “Icy Dock EZConvert MB882SP-1S-2B” in the HomeServerShow Forums: http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/6630-icy-dock-ezconvert-mb882sp-1s-2b/?hl=ezconvert
     
    ICY DOCK EZConvert Air MB382SP-3B Open Air 2.5” to 3.5” SATA 6Gbps SSD & HDD Converter (Supports 7mm to 15mm drive heights) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817994169
     
    ICY DOCK EZConvert MB882SP-1S-1B 2.5” to 3.5” SATA 6Gbps SSD & HDD Converter (Supports 7mm & 9.5mm drive heights) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817994064
     
    Check out the Gen8 Blog postings: http://homeservershow.com/tag/gen-8
     
    Check out the MicroServer Blog postings: http://homeservershow.com/tag/microserver
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

    Joe_Miner

    Using SSD's in a HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 V2

    By Joe_Miner, in Hardware,

    By: John Stutsman
     
     
     

     
    Figure 1 -- HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 v2 with 2 Samsung 840 Pro SSD’s installed
     
     
     
    In the previous blog “HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 V2 and Windows Server 2012R2” ( http://homeservershow.com/hp-proliant-dl320e-gen8-v2-and-windows-server-2012-r2.html ) I talked about how I switched out the two 500GB 7,200 RPM drives in the ProLiant DL320e Gen8 v2 for two 250GB 10,000 RPM VelociRaptors and in the DL302e’s BIOS I enabled the HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i. Then I installed Windows Server 2012R2 (previously with the two 7,200 RPM drives in AHCI I had installed Windows Server Technical Preview and before that Windows Server 2012 http://homeservershow.com/hp-proliant-dl320e-gen8-v2-and-windows-server-technical-preview.html ). Using Intelligent Provisioning I had accepted the default configuration which set my Logical Drive 01 or OS Drive as a RAID1 with the two VelociRaptors. The installation was very smooth as I had previously written and provided me with a good solid practical and resilient configuration.
     
    This time, I wanted to try something that wasn’t practical in a business or professional environment – I wanted to maximize my performance using for my Logical Drive 01 or OS Drive a RAID0 made with two Samsung 840 Pro’s. I would again use Intelligent Provisioning to install Windows Server 2012R2 choosing my custom storage configuration instead of the default configuration. The results were fantastic and my previous experience working with my Gen8 MicroServer made the whole process rather easy to execute.
     
     
     

     
    Video 1 – Video of my removal of the VelociRaptors and the installation of the two Samsung 840 Pro’s using Icy Dock’s EZConvert and EZConvert Air in the HP ProLiant DL302e Gen8 v2
     
     
     

     
    Video 2 – Video setting up Logical Drive 01 in RAID0 on the Dynamic Smart Array B120i using HP’s Smart Storage Administrator in the HP ProLiant DL302e Gen8 v2. I made the RAID0 from two Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD’s that I had installed earlier in Video 1.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 2 – The B120i was enabled in the BIOS and I created a logical drive with the two Samsung SSD’s in a RAID0 as shown in Video 2
     
      
     

     
    Video 3 – This is the Video of my installation of Windows Server 2012R2 onto the Logical Drive 01 created in Video 2 (see also Figure 2) in the HP ProLiant DL302e Gen8 v2 with Intelligent Provisioning
     
     
     

     
    Figure 3 -- Display of Basic Information for Server 2012R2 Installation (see Video 3)
     
     
     

     
    Figure 4 -- More Detailed System Information Screen showing Server 2012R2 Installed
     
     
     

     
    Figure 5 -- Benchmark Scores using PassMark ( http://www.passmark.com/baselines/V8/display.php?id=38250204579 ): Using PassMark I got an overall benchmark rating of 570 mostly as a result of using the Samsung 840 Pro’s in RAID0 for my OS drive instead of the VelociRators and 7,200 RPM drives I previously benchmarked with the DL320e Gen8 v2
     
     
     
    I measured the performance of the Logical Drive 01 made by the B120i from a RAID0 of 2 physical Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD’s in the DL320e using HDTune, ATTO, and CrystalDiskMark (“CDM”).
     
     
     

     
    Figure 6 -- Performance of Logical Drive 01 which is also the OS or C Drive
     
     
     

     
    Figure 7 -- Using iLO I collected the Fan Speed Information – with the B120i enabled in the BIOS the Fan Speeds are all 6% as reported earlier in http://homeservershow.com/hp-proliant-dl320e-gen8-v2-and-windows-server-2012-r2.html      
     
     
     
    Current As-Built: Machine


    HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 v2 w/Xeon E3-1280v3
    8GB ECC RAM
    OS Drive C: 512GB Logical Drive 01 made of 2*Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD’s in RAID0 on HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i RAID Controller

    ICY DOCK EZConvert MB882SP-1S-1B 2.5” to 3.5” SATA 6Gbps SSD & HDD Converter (Supports 7mm & 9.5mm drive height)
    ICY DOCK EZConvert Air MB382SP-3B Open Air 2.5” to 3.5” SATA 6Gbps SSD & HDD Converter (Supports 7mm to 15mm drive height)


    OS: Windows Server 2012R2
    iLO 4
    Data Drive D: USB 3.0 – USB 3.0 4TB Seagate External drive
     
     

     
    Figure 8 -- Processor Information of the DL320e I tested using iLO
     
     
     

     
    Figure 9 -- Firmware Version Information of the DL320e I tested using iLO
     
     
     

     
    Figure 10 -- Temperature Information of the DL320e using iLO
     
     
     

     
    Figure 11 -- Information on the DL320e Gen8 v2 Xeon E3-1280v3 using Open Hardware Monitor. The 100% CPU loading was achieved using Prime95 about 5 hours which resulted in peak CPU temperatures in the mid 80’s C. The Generic Hard Disk at 67.3% used space was the USB 3.0 4TB external drive while the Generic Hard Disk at 3.4% used space was the 512GB Logical Drive 01 made from two physical Samsung 840 Pro’s in RAID0 on the B120i.
     
     
     
    References:
     
    HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 V2 and Windows Server 2012R2 http://homeservershow.com/hp-proliant-dl320e-gen8-v2-and-windows-server-2012-r2.html
     
    HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 v2 and Windows Server Technical Preview http://homeservershow.com/hp-proliant-dl320e-gen8-v2-and-windows-server-technical-preview.html
     
    HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 v2 QuickSpecs http://www8.hp.com/h20195/v2/GetDocument.aspx?docname=c04123146
     
    PassMark test of the DL320e with VilociRaptors http://www.passmark.com/baselines/V8/display.php?id=37690846395
     
    Check out CSKenney’s Gen8 links thread in the HomeServerShow forums: http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/5639-proliant-microserver-gen8-links/
     
    Icy Dock EZConvert MB882SP-1S-2B http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/6630-icy-dock-ezconvert-mb882sp-1s-2b/?hl=ezconvert
     
    ICY DOCK EZConvert Air MB382SP-3B Open Air 2.5” to 3.5” SATA 6Gbps SSD & HDD Converter (Supports 7mm to 15mm drive heights) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817994169
     
    ICY DOCK EZConvert MB882SP-1S-1B 2.5” to 3.5” SATA 6Gbps SSD & HDD Converter (Supports 7mm & 9.5mm drive heights) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817994064
     
    Installing WS2012R2 on my Gen8 http://homeservershow.com/installing-windows-server-2012-r2-hp-proliant-gen8-microserver.html
     
     

    Dave
    We're talking about the new build of Windows 10, Cortana, Spartan, and more Windows Phone.  John is using two! Which one will he go with? Dave has a Lumia Icon on the way. Again. Microsoft Band, smart watches, updates, and more. See you in the forums.
     
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    Synology DSM 5.2 Beta Available with new Features

    HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 V2 and Windows Server 2012 R2
    HP Stream Mini Desktop - 200-010
     
    HP Pavilion Mini Desktop - 300-020
     
    HP Pavilion Mini Desktop - 300-030
     
    Intel information on Stream Processor
     
    4 GB Memory Upgrade
     
    PORTTA PET0301S 3x1 Port HDMI Switch/Switcher
     
    SATA cable part number 794966-001
     
    Logitech Wireless Touch Keyboard K400
     
    Amazon Link to HP Stream -  (Keep in mind that you can get from HP for 179.99)  People are selling for much more due to lack of stock
     
    Photo Gallery of the HP Stream mini Desktop
     

     
    HDMI Switcher
     
     
     

     
    Wireless Card
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

     
     
     
    SATA Port
     

     
     
     
    M.2 Short Hard Drive
     

     
    RAM Slot
     
     
     
     
     


    Dave
    Network attached storage maker, Synology, has just released a new beta of their web based management tool.  DSM, or Disk Station Management, 5.2 is available for testing with several improved features and a couple new ones.
     

     
    A major new addition to DSM is Docker.  You can already install a ton of utilities and software programs on a Synology NAS but Docker is taking it a step further allowing you containerize installs of popular programs without a need of a full guest OS installation.
     



    Installing and using new server applications has never been so convenient. Do you need a new clean environment for your web app, easily transferable to the production server? Start, stop, and monitor your installed containers from the unified dashboard and evaluate your resource needs. Docker creates a lean container embedding just the necessary libraries, unlike virtual machines which need an entire guest OS to run.
    Notestation, the Synology equivalent of Evernote or OneNote is getting a web clipper, task management system, and other improvements.  File Station can now mount cloud drive storage such as OneDrive, DropBox, and Google Drive, making it seem as if the files are right there on your NAS for manipulation.  There is more.  Check the source link below for more features and how to get started with the beta.
     
    Source: Synology DSM Beta 5.2

    Joe_Miner
    By: John Stutsman
     

     
    Figure 1 -- HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 v2 with 2 WD 250GB VelociRaptors Installed
     
     
     
    After I had installed Windows Server Technical Preview (“WSTP” or “Server10”) on HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 v2 (as illustrated in “HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 v2 and Windows Server Technical Preview” http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/forum/87-windows-server-2012-essentials-r2/ ) and completed some testing, I wanted to see how easy it would be to install Windows Server 2012R2 with HP’s defaults using HP’s Intelligent Provisioning.
     
    Before starting the installation I switched out the two 500GB 7,200 RPM drives in the ProLiant DL320e Gen8 v2 for two 250GB 10,000 RPM VelociRaptors and in the DL302e’s BIOS I enabled the HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i. The procedure was very much like working in the BIOS of the Gen8 MicroServer.
     
    The installation with Intelligent Provisioning was very “smooth” as illustrated in the following figures and video. Clearly, after working with HP’s Gen8 MicroServer I was already trained for HP’s DL320e using iLO & Intelligent Provisioning. This eliminates much of the learning curve for home enthusiast to upgrade to more powerful HP Servers in the future OR transfer their skills learned at home to the work/professional environment. This could be a significant advantage for HP in the future.
     
    The ProLiant DL320e Gen8 v2 displayed the same fan speed characteristics, when AHCI is enabled in BIOS versus enabling the B120i in BIOS, as the ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer.  See Figure 7 later in this Blog.
     
     
     

     
    Figure 2 -- Display of Basic Information for Server 2012R2 Installation
     
     
     

     
    Figure 3 -- More Detailed System Information Screen showing Server 2012R2 Installed
     
     
     

     
    Figure 4 -- Benchmark Scores using PassMark ( http://www.passmark.com/baselines/V8/display.php?id=37690846395  ): Using PassMark I got an overall benchmark rating of 527 mostly as a result of using the VelociRators instead of a 7,200 RPM drives when I previously benchmarked the DL320e Gen8 v2 with Windows Server Technical Preview
     
     
     

     
    Figure 5 -- In the BIOS I enabled the B120i for this installation of S2012R2 (earlier the AHCI was enabled when I tested the DL320e with WSTP and S2012)
     
     
     
    I measured the performance of the Logical Drive 01 made by the B120i from 2 physical WD 250GB VelociRaptor drives in the DL320e using HDTune, ATTO, and CrystalDiskMark (“CDM”).
     
     
     

     
    Figure 6 -- Performance of Logical Drive 01 which is also the OS or C Drive
     
     
     

     
    Figure 7 -- Using iLO I collected the Fan Speed Information – in this case with the BIOS set to enable the B120i. This turned out to be quite interesting when compared to the Fan information collected when the BIOS had been set to enable AHCI the number 3 Fan was running at 26% (see: http://homeservershow.com/hp-proliant-dl320e-gen8-v2-and-windows-server-technical-preview.html ) This difference of Fan speeds when the B120i is enabled versus when the AHCI is enabled is similar to what many of us have observed with the Gen8 MicroServer (see: http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/5639-proliant-microserver-gen8-links/ )
     
     
     

     
    Video 1 – Video of my installation of Windows Server 2012R2 onto the HP ProLiant DL302e Gen8 v2 using HP’s default settings in Intelligent Provisioning
     
     
     
    Current As-Built: Machine


    HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 v2 w/Xeon E3-1280v3
    8GB ECC RAM
    OS Drive C: 250GB Logical Drive 01 made of 2*WD2500HHTZ 10,000 RPM VelociRaptor’s in RAID1 on HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i RAID Controller
    OS: Windows Server 2012R2
    iLO 4
    Data Drive D: USB 3.0 – USB 3.0 4TB Seagate External drive
     
     

     
    Figure 8 -- Processor Information of the DL320e I tested using iLO
     
     
     

     
    Figure 9 -- Firmware Version Information of the DL320e I tested using iLO
     
     
     

     
    Figure 10 -- Temperature Information of the DL320e using iLO
     
     
     

     
    Figure 11 -- Information on the DL320e Gen8 v2 Xeon E3-1280v3 using Open Hardware Monitor. The 100% CPU loading was achieved using Prime95 which resulted in peak temperatures in the mid 70’s C. The Generic Hard Disk at 67.3% used space is the USB 3.0 4TB external drive while the Generic Hard Disk at 5.2% used space is the 250GB Logical Drive 01 made from two physical WD2500HHTZ’s in RAID1 on the B120i.
     
     
     
     
     
    References:
     
    HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 v2 and Windows Server Technical Preview http://homeservershow.com/hp-proliant-dl320e-gen8-v2-and-windows-server-technical-preview.html
     
    HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 v2 QuickSpecs http://www8.hp.com/h20195/v2/GetDocument.aspx?docname=c04123146
     
    PassMark test of the DL320e with VilociRaptors http://www.passmark.com/baselines/V8/display.php?id=37690846395
     
    Be Sure to Check out CSKenney’s Gen8 links thread in the HomeServerShow forums: http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/5639-proliant-microserver-gen8-links/
     
    Installing Windows Server Technical Preview (Server 10) on my HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/blog/8/entry-13-installing-windows-server-technical-preview-on-my-hp-proliant-gen8-microserver/
     
    Installing Server 10 (Windows Server Technical Preview) onto my N54L MicroServer http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/blog/8/entry-9-installing-server-10-windows-server-technical-preview-onto-my-n54l-microserver/
     
    Installing WS2012R2 on my Gen8 http://homeservershow.com/installing-windows-server-2012-r2-hp-proliant-gen8-microserver.html

    Dave

    Talking Servers with Mr. Microserver

    By Dave, in Blog,

    John Stutsman joins me to talk about Microservers.  He is a wiz on the Gen 8 Microserver but now he has a DL320e rack mount server under test.  John also tells me about the upcoming Gen 9 server, or does he? We go over the SchoonDoggy Gen 8 Drive Bracket and talk a little bit of news.  See you in the forums!
     
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    Windows Phone developer Joshua Gryzbowski joins to talk about a new app for Windows and Windows phone.  John Wiskowski is back to talk about his THIRD Windows Phone! Traveling with Surface Pro 3? Talking about that too. Follow on Twitter for the latest about these Windows Phone apps.
     
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    By: John Stutsman
     
     
     
     
     
    HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 v2 front view
     
     
     

     
    HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 v2 rear view with cover removed
     
     
     

     
    HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 v2 front view and powered up
     
     
     
    Not long ago I installed Windows Server Technical Preview (“WSTP” or “Server10”) on HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 v2 to see how it compared to my HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer. It was like working with an old friend – iLO behaved the same on both machines and my experience with the MicroServer transferred easily to the DL320e Gen8 V2. I set the drives to AHCI in the BIOS so I didn’t even have to install a driver during WSTP installation for the B120i.
     

     
    System Information screen showing Windows Server Technical Preview installed
     
     
     

     
    Benchmark Scores using PassMark:  Using PassMark I got an overall benchmark rating of 495
     
     
     
    I measured the performance of the 2 500GB drives in the DL320e using HDTune, ATTO, and CrystalDiskMark (“CDM”). Since BIOS was set to AHCI I also used CrystalDiskInfo (“CDI”) to view detailed information for each drive.
     

     
    C Drive CDI
     
     
     

     
    C Drive Performance using HDTune, ATTO, and CDM
     
     
     

     
    D Drive CDI
     
     
     

     
    D Drive Performance using  HDTune, ATTO, and CDM
     
     
     
    The DL320e with the Xeon E3-1280v3 is a powerful, yet familiar, machine to work with that was a pleasure. More to come in the future.
     
     
     
    Current As-Built: Machine
     
    HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 v2 w/Xeon E3-1280v3
     
    8GB ECC RAM
     
    OS Drive C: AHCI 500GB
     
    OS: Windows Server Technical Preview
     
    iLO 4
     
    Data Drive D: AHCI 500GB
     
    Data Drive E: USB 3.0 – USB 3.0 4TB Seagate External drive
     
     
     

     
    Processor Information
     
     
     

     
    Firmware Version Information
     
     
     

     
    Fans speed Information
     
     
     

     
    Temperature Information
     
     
     
     
     
    References:
     
    HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 v2 QuickSpecs http://www8.hp.com/h20195/v2/GetDocument.aspx?docname=c04123146
     
    PassMark test of the DL320e I worked on http://www.passmark.com/baselines/V8/display.php?id=32669600181
     
    Be Sure to Check out CSKenney’s Gen8 links thread in the HomeServerShow forums: http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/5639-proliant-microserver-gen8-links/
     
    Installing Windows Server Technical Preview (Server 10) on my HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/blog/8/entry-13-installing-windows-server-technical-preview-on-my-hp-proliant-gen8-microserver/
     
    Drive Performance in my HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer http://homeservershow.com/drive-performance-hp-proliant-gen8-microserver.html
     
    Testing my Gen8 MicroServer before HSS Meetup 2014 http://homeservershow.com/testing-gen8-microserver-hss-meetup-2014.html
     
    Installing WS2012R2 on my Gen8 http://homeservershow.com/installing-windows-server-2012-r2-hp-proliant-gen8-microserver.html
     
     

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    • D-Link has dropped a couple of new products and additions to their lineup of smart home gear.  Hold on because there is a lot of gear!
      Let's start with cameras.  D-Link has new Wi-Fi cameras, the Full HD Pan and Tilt Pro Wi-Fi Camera (DCS-8302LH) and Full HD Indoor and Outdoor Pro Wi-Fi Camera (DCS-8526LH).  These are not just new, and good looking cams, they can now perform people detection and glass break detection.  The new cameras also feature expanded ways for customers to save video, including ONVIF Profile S, which enables custom storage and streaming options to personal NAS devices, built-in storage microSD capacity up to 256 GB, as well as free and paid cloud storage options. 
       

       
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      Full HD Pan and Tilt Pro Wi-Fi Camera is the model (DCS-8302LH), available in Q2, 2020, and retail pricing will be $99.99.
      Full HD Indoor and Outdoor Pro Wi-Fi Camera is the model (DCS-8526LH), available in Q3, 2020, and retail pricing will be $119.99.
      One of my favorite products is Wi-Fi.  D-Link has a whole lot of new products coming including Wi-Fi 6, Mesh, Alexa and Google Assistant integration, IFTTT, Parental Controls, and more!
       

       
      There are so many new SKU's that I can't make heads or tails of them!  I'm going to be speaking with D-Link more this week and will sort all of these out. I do want you to see all they are offering and what the release date and projected retail pricing will be.

      AC1900 Scalable Mesh Wi-Fi Router (COVR-1900-US), Q1 2020, $119.99
      AC1750 Mesh Wi-Fi Router (DIR-1750-US), Q1 2020, $99.99
      AC1900 Mesh Wi-Fi Router (DIR-1950-US), Q1 2020, $119.99
      AC1750 Mesh Wi-Fi Range Extender (DAP-1755-US), Q1 2020, $99.99
      AC1950 Mesh Wi-Fi Range Extender (DAP-1955-US), Q1 2020, $109.99
      Smart AX1500 Mesh Wi-Fi 6 Router (DIR-X1560-US), Q1 2020, $119.99
      Smart AX1800 Mesh Wi-Fi 6 Router (DIR-X1870-US), Q2 2020, $139.99
      Smart AX2400 Mesh Wi-Fi 6 Router (DIR-X2460-US), Q3 2020, $159.99
      Smart AX5400 Mesh Wi-Fi 6 Router (DIR-X5460-US), Q1 2020, $279.99
      AX1800 Mesh Wi-Fi 6 Range Extender (DAP-X1870-US), Q2 2020, $129.99
      AX1800 Whole Home Mesh System (COVR-X1872-US), QX22020, $269.99
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    • RESET Merch Shop
      Get ya Merch here!  I've created a T-Shirt shop with the famous RESET paperclip. I've pasted that clip on just about everything so you can wear it around town!  Cable bags, Coffee Mugs, T-Shirts, and more. 
       
      https://reset.threadless.com/
       
      or you can get it it via
       
      https://reset.fm/store
       
      Here is the main design.
       

       
      Below is a part of the order that I put in!  
       
       

       
      The Heather Grey above is the Extra Soft version and it is awesome.  I highly recommend the softness!    The "Chili Red" is the Tri-Blend and probably my favorite feel and color.

       
      This is the Zip-Up Hoody, Heather Indigo, Sponge Fleece, Men's, Large.  In my podcast I couldn't remember what style it was but it is Sponge Fleece. It's REALLY soft on the inside. Soft outside as well. The only problem is with the zip up hoody the logo is on the back. Regular hoody, it will be on the front.
       
      https://reset.threadless.com/
       
      or you can get it it via
       
      https://reset.fm/store
       
      Thank you for supporting this community. Everything you purchase will help keep the lights on the hard drives spinning.
       
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    • OneDrive Personal Vault and expandable storage
      Microsoft's OneDrive has a few new features and options worth pointing out.  Personal Vault and Expandable Storage.
       
      Personal Vault is a protected area in OneDrive that can only be accessed with a strong authentication method or a second step of identity verification, such as your fingerprint, face, PIN, or a code sent to you via email or SMS. 
       
      Personal Vault gives you an added layer of protection for your most important files, photos, and videos—for example, copies of documents such as your passport, driver’s license, or insurance information—should someone gain access to your account or device.
      Plus, this added security won’t slow you down. You can quickly access your important documents, photos, and files with confidence wherever you are, on your PC, OneDrive.com, or your mobile device.

       
      Beyond a second layer of identity verification, Personal Vault also includes the following security measures:
       
      Scan and shoot—Using the OneDrive app, you can scan documents or shoot photos directly into your Personal Vault, keeping them off less secure areas of your device, like your camera roll.
      Automatic locking—No need to worry about whether you left your Personal Vault or your files open—both will close and lock automatically after a period of inactivity.
      BitLocker encryption—On Windows 10 PCs, OneDrive automatically syncs your Personal Vault files to a BitLocker-encrypted area of your local hard drive.
      Restricted sharing—To prevent accidental sharing, files in Personal Vault and shared items moved into Personal Vault cannot be shared.
       
      Taken together, these security measures help ensure that Personal Vault files are not stored unprotected on your PC, and your files have additional protection, even if your Windows 10 PC or mobile device is lost, stolen, or someone gains access to it or to your account.
       
      Expandable Storage
       
      If you are and Office 365 Subscriber you get 1 TB of OneDrive storage space with all the other Office goodies like Word, Excel, etc.  I know personally that I have gone over the 1TB limit and have always wanted to be able to add additional storage to my account.  Now you can!

       
      Pick and option and keep on hoarding, errr, I mean saving! Cancel anytime, upgrade at any moment.
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    • Ubiquiti adds new items to the Unifi Line including UAP Flex HD and the Unifi Dream machine
      Ubiquiti has been busy.  There area ton of new items to recently released and I'm going to share two of my favorites.
       
      The UAP Flex HD and the Unifi Dream machine. The Flex HD is a mouthful of descriptors like most of UI gear is.  It's a 2Ghz 2x2 MIMO, 5GHz 4x4 MU-MIMO, POE, Indoor/Outdoor, multi mount, mesh point that is no bigger than a can of Coke.

       
      You will still need the Unifi controller although you can configure it with basic functionality with the Unifi App.  I've always found it's best to configure with your controller and then use the app as an add-on.  There are several mounting options that include sitting it on a shelf! That is something that Unifi has not had before unless you count the ceiling AP I have awkwardly mounted placed on top of a few books.  It can be found on the Unifi store for $179.
       
      https://store.ui.com/collections/wireless/products/unifi-flexhd
       
      The Dream Machine is an altogether different beast that I hope lives up to its naming.  This is the gateway drug, for lack of a better term, to the Unifi world.  The starter kit.  It is an Access Point, Gigabit Switch, Security Gateway, and the Cloud Key all in one package.  The latter being the most significant as this is something that has deterred new users from getting started with Unifi.  Requiring new users to purchase a $100 item just to run the AP's has been somewhat of a roadblock in the past.  Granted, that is improving every year with the ability to run it in the cloud, on a NAS, a Pi, Docker, MacOS, and of course Windows, it is still a barricade to getting up and running when manufacturers such as Eero offer simplicity in an app.
       

       
      The switch includes 4 LAN Ports and 1 WAN port.  All of which are Gigabit and security services such as IPS are rated at Gigabit speed. It's $299 in the Unifi store but I'm unsure how nicely it will play with other Unifi gear.  This may be a nice "first AP" with its built in Cloud Key if you can add additional units or other Unifi access points.
       
      https://store.ui.com/collections/routing-switching/products/unifi-dream-machine
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