I wrote awhile back that I ordered a new laptop, and I’m excited to have that coming. However, I had a few more upgrades to add to the machine, and I decided not use to use Toshiba to add them.
These are a few items I’ll use for speaking in 2015, and I’m excited to get a better demo setup for showcasing SQL Server and Red Gate tools.
I can’t demo on less than 16GB of RAM. It’s disappointing as there are soooooooooooo many more choices for hardware if I could use 8GB, but I can’t. One of our demo VMs needs 6GB, and really wants 8GB. I used Grant as a testbed in a few places, and even when he built his own VM, stripping things down, it didn’t run well.
I ordered the laptop with the base 4GB from Toshiba, and went to Crucial for a memory upgrade. For $100 less, I got a 16GB kit for the machine. There might be better choices than Crucial, but they’ve always worked well for me and I like them.
I need disk space to keep a few demo VMs handy, and the 128GB that comes with the laptop isn’t enough. A 512GB from Toshiba was $400. I found an end of the year deal from Crucial for an mSata drive at $270. Hard to beat that, so I’ll put that in the machine once it arrives.
I didn’t want to throw away the 128GB drive away, so I also grabbed a small enclosure from Amazon that will allow me to use that 128GB SSD as a backup for my main demo VM. I can connect it to any other laptop (likely Grant’s in an emergency) and work from there.
I’ve been trying to be more economical, and looking to potentially carry two machines for demoing things. Ideally I want a small enclosure PC that I can run demos on, and connect to it over RDP. The first step here is to get a small router.
I found a small travel router, with two LAN ports that I’ll be testing in that capacity. If that works well, I may end up trying to get a tablet of some sort as my backup machine for classes and training, some of which we are looking to start in 2015.