What do you use for offsite locations and VPN use?



  • Our CIO has approved a purchase of a convertible for me to use offsite and at home. My budget is $600-900. Any recommendations?



  • Our VPN is Pertino! @josh and @scottalanmiller can help answer questions on that one 🙂



  • A convertible? We lived out BMW 330 when we had it.



  • Loved. I'm so sick of the iPhone keyboard.



  • I like my Lenovo yoga 2 pro.

    the only issue is the ultra high res on regular desktop apps is not very conducive up the good work.



  • @Dashrender said:

    I like my Lenovo yoga 2 pro.

    the only issue is the ultra high res on regular desktop apps is not very conducive up the good work.

    Would you buy another one? I am leaning heavily towards the Yoga 2 11S. Is that the same as the pro?



  • I
    don't believe the 11 as has the hyper high resolution that the two Pro has.

    the biggest complaint that I really have about the yoga to pro is that I had to replace the wireless card as soon as I got it because the one that came from the manufacturer did not work correctly. Unfortunately I didn't realize this because I wasn't using it very much during the first month I had it so I couldn't return it. But on the other hand a good thing is the new card that I install is now in AC card.

    what I buy it again hmm maybe then again I might also get the non pro version also which has the lower, HD quality Screen.



  • overall performance wise I'm very happy with this machine.



  • I recommend Pertino if you will be mobile.
    For fixed access where you use one to many, or site to site, I like OpenVPN setups. I prefer hardware based solutions such as the Ubiquiti EdgeMax Lite over software as most places I deal with do not have a VM infrastructure everywhere.



  • What kind of infrastructure are you looking to remote into? How large is the environment? Is it running Active Directory?



  • For me, Sophos UTM includes VPN. Does your edge firewall include VPN? Most business-grade devices do.



  • Sorry guys, I wasnt very clear with my question.

    I am looking for a mobile device not a means of VPN connection. I think I finally settled on a Surface Pro 2. Does anyone own one?

    P.S. Pertino is awesome 😃



  • @IRJ said:

    Sorry guys, I wasnt very clear with my question.

    I am looking for a mobile device not a means of VPN connection. I think I finally settled on a Surface Pro 2. Does anyone own one?

    P.S. Pertino is awesome 😃

    Hmm, I misread that post! Though I am interested in your thoughts on the Pro 2 once you buy it. @Minion-Queen recently purchased one I believe. I am in the market for a new device for my wife. Still debating a Pro2 or iPad Air.



  • @JaredBusch said:

    @IRJ said:

    Sorry guys, I wasnt very clear with my question.

    I am looking for a mobile device not a means of VPN connection. I think I finally settled on a Surface Pro 2. Does anyone own one?

    P.S. Pertino is awesome 😃

    Hmm, I misread that post! Though I am interested in your thoughts on the Pro 2 once you buy it. @Minion-Queen recently purchased one I believe. I am in the market for a new device for my wife. Still debating a Pro2 or iPad Air.

    The reviews I have been reading have all been good. I will let you know because I will probably pull the trigger early this week.

    An iPad wont work for me. I want to have a full laptop replacement



  • Why are you going for that over a traditional ultrabook? I'm still trying to work out which is best.



  • @Carnival-Boy said:

    Why are you going for that over a traditional ultrabook? I'm still trying to work out which is best.

    Yes. Right now I am using a Dell XT2 which I upgraded to Windows 8.1 and put in a SSD. It works out ok, but its just a dated PC. I use it in tablet mode most of the time So I assume that the MS Surface Pro 2 would work even nicer as a tablet.



  • @IRJ said:

    @JaredBusch said:

    @IRJ said:

    Sorry guys, I wasnt very clear with my question.

    I am looking for a mobile device not a means of VPN connection. I think I finally settled on a Surface Pro 2. Does anyone own one?

    P.S. Pertino is awesome 😃

    Hmm, I misread that post! Though I am interested in your thoughts on the Pro 2 once you buy it. @Minion-Queen recently purchased one I believe. I am in the market for a new device for my wife. Still debating a Pro2 or iPad Air.

    The reviews I have been reading have all been good. I will let you know because I will probably pull the trigger early this week.

    An iPad wont work for me. I want to have a full laptop replacement

    For my wife, it really does not matter. She has not used her laptop more than 3 times in 2 years now. Those times were to edit Word documents. With the new Office apps on iPad or a Surface Pro, that will be a non issue.



  • @Minion-Queen has a Surface Pro 2 and likes it a lot. She stopped by yesterday and I got to try it out. It was pretty nice.



  • @scottalanmiller said:

    @Minion-Queen has a Surface Pro 2 and likes it a lot. She stopped by yesterday and I got to try it out. It was pretty nice.

    Did she get the 4GB or 8GB RAM version? I am wondering if the extra $300 is justified.



  • 4GB and I can't imagine needing 8GB on a tablet.



  • @IRJ said:

    @JaredBusch said:

    @IRJ said:

    Sorry guys, I wasnt very clear with my question.

    I am looking for a mobile device not a means of VPN connection. I think I finally settled on a Surface Pro 2. Does anyone own one?

    P.S. Pertino is awesome 😃

    Hmm, I misread that post! Though I am interested in your thoughts on the Pro 2 once you buy it. @Minion-Queen recently purchased one I believe. I am in the market for a new device for my wife. Still debating a Pro2 or iPad Air.

    The reviews I have been reading have all been good. I will let you know because I will probably pull the trigger early this week.

    An iPad wont work for me. I want to have a full laptop replacement

    I use a virtual desktop for my primary workstation. I can access it from nearly any device. In a sense, it gives me Windows on my iPad. With application compatibility problems out the window, it comes down to non-work functions, form factor, and weight.



  • @scottalanmiller said:

    4GB and I can't imagine needing 8GB on a tablet.

    This tablet has enough power under the hood to be a laptop replacement. Many reviewers used it for Photoshop or casual PC gaming on a daily basis.



  • @alexntg said:

    @IRJ said:

    @JaredBusch said:

    @IRJ said:

    Sorry guys, I wasnt very clear with my question.

    I am looking for a mobile device not a means of VPN connection. I think I finally settled on a Surface Pro 2. Does anyone own one?

    P.S. Pertino is awesome 😃

    Hmm, I misread that post! Though I am interested in your thoughts on the Pro 2 once you buy it. @Minion-Queen recently purchased one I believe. I am in the market for a new device for my wife. Still debating a Pro2 or iPad Air.

    The reviews I have been reading have all been good. I will let you know because I will probably pull the trigger early this week.

    An iPad wont work for me. I want to have a full laptop replacement

    I use a virtual desktop for my primary workstation. I can access it from nearly any device. In a sense, it gives me Windows on my iPad. With application compatibility problems out the window, it comes down to non-work functions, form factor, and weight.

    I could use VNC on my android tablet and essentially do everything I need to do except its not really comfortable for doing any extensive work.



  • @IRJ said:

    @alexntg said:

    I use a virtual desktop for my primary workstation. I can access it from nearly any device. In a sense, it gives me Windows on my iPad. With application compatibility problems out the window, it comes down to non-work functions, form factor, and weight.

    I could use VNC on my android tablet and essentially do everything I need to do except its not really comfortable for doing any extensive work.

    What do you envision yourself doing with this computer?


  • Vendor

    I just started using Amazon Workspaces for my Pertino demos. It is an awesome VDI solution so far. I think it's $35/month (we could probably do it internally for $20/month), but the machine is super quick and doesn't require much in terms of maintenance. My VirtualBox crashed every few days and sucked my 4GB ram dry.



  • I bought a Surface Pro 256GB bundle and Power cover Keyboard which totaled out to be $950 or so.

    The main complaint about the original Surface Pro is battery life. The processor in the SP2 increased battery life by quite a bit. The other differences are minor for me. SP2 has improved graphics for photoshop, games, and other editing programs

    Microsoft claims that the Battery cover gives the Orginal SP about a 60-70% battery boost. Many reviewers claim this to be dead on. The SP2 recieves a 33% boost with the Battery cover.



  • Here is a good review on the Power Cover. I found another really good one, but I cant find it now

    http://www.gizmag.com/surface-power-cover-review/31332/



  • @Nara Sophos RED appliances. We have around 80 now and its revolutionised the way we work


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