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Nice to Know – What does my home lab looks like?

Posted by Mikael Nystrom on January 11, 2018

I often get the question

– What kind of stuff do you have to runt labs, tests and play with?

I have a understanding wife and a very generous CEO, so here it is…

In my back pack:

1 x HP Studio G3 with 32 GB ram and 2 x 1TB NVME drives

1 x Microsoft Surface Pro 4

The Surface works as my “office” machine, it also runs Insider Preview (fast) and the HP Studio is my LAB/Demo/Dev machine. It runs Windows Server 2016 and contains about 100-150 VM’s

At Home:


I have one full rack and one half rack, the half rack contains 6 HP Micro Server Gen 8, used as test/dev machines, the full rack runs 2 HP ML 350 Gen 8, they run Azure Stack as well Azure Pack in a full Fabric based on HCI and the entire System Center stack

The Case:

I also have a Pelican Case (Yellow) that runs a bunch of Intel NUC’s devices

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Just for fun–Converting a Laptop to a Tablet

Posted by Mikael Nystrom on July 12, 2016

very long time ago I did a teaser for a event, it was a joke on how to convert a Laptop computer into a Tablet PC. It turns out that for some reason a lot of people are searching for that video on my blog (I have no idea why), but here it is.

Understand that this “might” render the functionality of the computer… In other words, don’t do this…


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2013 in review

Posted by Mikael Nystrom on January 20, 2014

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 180,000 times in 2013. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 8 days for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Nice to Know – Software based KVM will let you use the tablet as a second screen

Posted by Mikael Nystrom on January 18, 2014

As a traveling consultant I spend hours and hours on hotel rooms (right now in Oslo, Norway) which means I really need to find smart ways to make day-by-day life easier. Since I’m spending “some” time wiring books, articles and other things I use a 1302 from GECHIC which is an USB powered extra screen, very light, very thin, very NICE:


But I also have a bunch of Laptops and I can use them as compute power using RDP, no problem, but what I really want is to be able to use them as an extra computer screen, with the computer power. That way I can run applications on each computer but I ‘will control them all using one laptop (The KVM Server). So on my main computer I have the lab environment, on my extra screen I have the word running and on the extra computer I can then run Outlook, Spotify and all those applications. I can do copy and paste of text between these machines, very slick, very nice.

In this case I work on my Laptop on the left side, have my 1302 screen in the middle and then I have my Surface Pro on the right side, the mouse can now be moved between all three screens


The application I use is called Synergy and you can download it from

EDIT: There is an other application that could be used, it is the “Mouse Without Borders” application from Microsoft Garage Series.

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Just For Fun–Spotify is now Spotiamp!

Posted by Mikael Nystrom on December 21, 2013

One of the first MP3 players I used and LIKED! was Winamp. As a tribute to Winamp, folks at Spotify did the right thing, the created Spotiamp :-)


Read and download it here!


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