Earlier this year I opened a ticket with Microsoft to replace my Surface Pro 4 under warranty. There was an intermittent problem, and I was hoping to be able to get it fixed. Unfortunately the problem went away, and I continued to use my device as normal. This week I turned on the device, and … Continue reading Surface Woes
There is probably no good reason why I have four (4) military grade USB keys on my key ring with Windows To Go (WTG) configured on each one… but since 2015 I have written about four different devices, and I keep all of them. Of course, they are not all always up to date… but … Continue reading Ironkey Fail: Time to change.
Recently I wrote a review of the Apricorn Aegis Secure Key 3z Flash Drive, a spectacular USB key with some great security features, including a unique keypad that requires you to unlock your device before connecting it to your computer. The same day I received a comment. Anthony asks: Would you be able to provide … Continue reading Let’s Go: Creating a Windows to Go Hybrid Device
I have written in the past about several different Windows to Go (WTG) key options, and have leaned heavily toward the ones with Military Grade Security (MilSec). They are all good, they all do just about the same thing. Of course, there are differences with deployment methodology, as well as the tools that support them, … Continue reading USB and Windows to Go: Key in!
As many of you know, I have always had a soft spot for Windows to Go (WTG), a technology that Microsoft introduced in Windows 8. I have written reviews and how-to articles on the topic dating back to June, 2012. While I do currently have a favourite device, I have three (3) of them on … Continue reading A quick teaser…
So here’s an interesting fact about Windows To Go. When Windows 10 first came out I was still running Windows 8.1 on my corporate desktop, and when I went to create my WTG image I couldn’t because the Windows 8.1 WTG engine did not support building Windows 10 WTG keys. Ok, that is understandable. Windows … Continue reading Windows To Go Gotcha in Windows 10
I really like my Ironkey Windows to Go (WTG) drives. In fact, I like them so much I carry two of them – a W300 (software encrypted with BitLocker) that is domain-joined to one of my clients’ domains, which I use full-time since my corporate laptop went for a swim, and a W500 (hardware encrypted) … Continue reading Panic at the Windows to Go Corral…
Back in 2012 I spent a lot of time talking (and writing) about Windows to Go (WTG). This was Microsoft’s newest feature that allowed you to install Windows 8 on a USB key. In theory I loved it, in practice… well, most of the USB keys that I tried it on (the certified ones, and … Continue reading Windows to Go: Ironkey gets it right
Over the years I have written extensively about methods of working from anywhere using various technologies including Remote Desktop, Virtual Desktop, Remote Apps, Virtual Apps, and Windows To Go. I have been a huge advocate of many of these, both in my blog, in my professional life, and in my capacity as a community leader … Continue reading Working From Anywhere
By the time you read this, we will be a few days into August, which means that Windows 10 started to become available a few days ago, and chances are this is not the first piece you are reading on Microsoft’s newest OS. Over the past few years Microsoft has been talking about a single … Continue reading Windows 10–A few days in
With the General Availability (GA) of Windows 10, I have been inundated with calls asking my opinion. I have probably shocked a few people with my response. Firstly I want to be clear: I do like Windows 10. I think it has a lot of great features and improvements, and I am sure there are … Continue reading Windows 10: Love it… or Don’t.
This has been one of those weeks that I love as an IT Professional. I have succeeded in keeping meetings to a minimum, and got to play with a lot of cool technology. If I look back on the week, and this is without reviewing my notes, I have built: Storage Pools iSCSI Targets Failover … Continue reading That Was the Week That Was…
Recently I was explaining Windows To Go at a client site. We had a few interesting discussions about the power as well as the limitations of the security features. One attendee asked a couple of good questions: 1) Is there any way to block the ‘on-lining’ of your Windows To Go key in other installations … Continue reading Windows To Go: Disk Behaviour
Are you coming to the Windows 8 Install Fest in Vancouver this week-end? It was recently brought to my attention that a mailing went out letting people know that I will be discussing and demonstrating Windows To GO (WTG). If you want to follow along, bring along an 8GB USB key. I do not know … Continue reading Hey Vancouver, Eight is NOT Enough!
This post was originally published on the Canadian IT Pros Connection. It is finally here. Microsoft’s most anticipated operating system in years is ready for prime time, and all around the world the enthusiasts are downloading bits, stores are putting out their new offerings with the new OS, and IT Pros around the world are … Continue reading Windows 8: Why you should be excited!