My experience at VMworld 2016 US

You will find this article updated, please come back and refresh! Community. That's why I'm here. I've spent a lot of time this past year refining the process of installing and running tiny clusters of Xeon D and Intel Core i7 systems, and I'm pleased that I finished preparing my Supermicro &…

Aug 30 2016

Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE stays free, with new enterprise options and a new name, Veeam Agent for Windows and Veeam Agent for Linux

I've been using Veeam Endpoint Backup to protect physical laptops and desktops for my extended family since its release nearly 2 years ago, and recommend it to friends who are often former Windows Home Server fans. Yeah, VEB doesn't have central management, but it can email daily backup reports,…

Aug 24 2016

Replaced my Linksys router with an eero 3 pack after also testing Luma mesh surround Wi-Fi, faster wireless in every room has arrived!

The eero 3 Pack is available at Amazon, Best Buy, or eero for ~$500 USD. The Luma 3 pack is available at Amazon, Best Buy, or Luma for ~$400 USD. Backstory It's been 3 years since my family moved up to 802.11ac with the careful decision to go with the Linksys EA6900 AC1900 Dual-Band Wi-Fi router.…

Aug 21 2016

First look at Ubiquiti mPower Pro power strip, home lab pricing, enterprise features, uncertain future

Ever wonder if there's an affordable power strip that you could add to your home network that would give you insight into the power usage of up to 8 devices, and allow remote power on/off operations? If you're willing to tolerate a bit of initial setup pain that requires a back-level Java and a…

Aug 17 2016

TinkerTry's Xeon D All Flash VSAN mini-cluster featuring Supermicro and Intel NUC - Live VMworld US demo Wed. Aug. 31 8am-1pm at VMvillage, thanks @vCommunityGuy!

SYS-E300-8D and SYS-5018D-FN4T networking compared. ESXi 6.0U2, fully loaded! I used to do high jump and 400 meter hurtles back in high school. This Olympic month, it feels a little like that again. Numerous obstacles tripped me up on my way to the finish line. First, an NVMe storage vendor that…

Aug 16 2016

Choosing ideal mini server for a home lab, by Askar Kopbayev of VMware

There's this TinkerTry visitor who has been dropping a lot of insightful comments below various SuperServer articles lately. Like another VMware guy who reached out to me recently, it would seem that Askar Kopbayev is rather keen on the getting just the right fit for his home lab needs. I'm hoping…

Aug 12 2016

Intel Core i7 Skull Canyon NUC6i7KYK spec comparison with all current Xeon D-1500 Supermicro SuperServers suited for home labs

The contents of this article are a work-in-progress and subject to change, testing and data collection (dB, watts, basic benchmarks) are still underway. Below, you'll find that I've pulled technical information from a variety of product pages and spec sheets, then created a nicely detailed table…

Aug 8 2016

Supermicro SuperServer Xeon D-1500 BIOS 1.1b released, IPMI 3.31 released, heralding the arrival of HTML5 iKVM

AUG 15 2016 I'm all set now, networking is fine on the SYS-E200-8D when using BIOS 1.1b and IPMI 3.26. Had to turn off the system for longer after both upgrades were complete for it to suddenly work just fine. Testing of Intel/VMware's suspect 4.4.1 10GbE VIBs is now starting, now that I have a…

Aug 8 2016

Download Windows 10 Anniversary Update Disk Image (ISO File) for your clean install PCs and VMs

With the initial release of Windows 10 a year ago, first, there's was the Media Creation Tool that can either upgrade the Windows 7/8.1 system you're working on to Windows 10, or download Windows.ISO for installation on another PC. With yesterday's release of Windows 10 Summer Update, the official…

Aug 3 2016

NAKIVO Backup & Replication 6.1 released, still an easy choice for VM backups

You may recall I announced the NAKIVO v6.1 beta back in early July. Turns out I was able to participate myself, do several backups and restores, and provided some constructive UI and functionality feedback to the developers. I actually enjoy doing beta testing for about two decades now, and it's…

Aug 2 2016

TinkerTry's Xeon D cluster for VMworld 2016, man with a VSAN demo plan!

Fun new time-lapse video now available, in the updates section below the original article. The idea here is not what you should do in a home lab, it's really just determining what's become possible. Let's hold-off on concluding much of anything until I get this All-Flash VSAN rig fully…

Aug 2 2016

How to clear or edit VMware vSphere Client's connection history cluttered with old server names and IPs

I recently figured out an easy way to clear out that sometimes long VMware vSphere Client history, as I was cleaning up my home lab and starting fresh. I believe you'll find this simple technique quite handy as well, especially if you're a busy and meticulous VMware sysadmin wishing your list…

Aug 2 2016

Netgear XS708T managed 8 port 10GbE switch unboxed, noise and power draw measured - suited for Xeon D cluster

What do you look for when you're trying to build a 3 node test/demo cluster, with each Xeon D system blessed with two copper 10GbE ports each? Product Page - XS708T – ProSAFE® 10 Gigabit Smart Managed Switch, Model / Version: XS708T How about a relatively quiet switch that doesn't burn…

Jul 31 2016

Cisco SG112-24 unmanaged 24 port gigabit switch unboxed - efficient, fanless, and surprisingly affordable

How does a 24 port metal-bodied compact switch from Cisco sound? Quiet! Yes, no fans, always a good thing for home labs. Cisco Its compact size also makes this a nice choice for more user group demonstrations, to be announced soon. Unmanaged, efficient (as you'll see in the video), and silent. Just…

Jul 31 2016

Intel NUC6i7KYK inside, M.2 NVMe SSD installed, noise and power draw measured

There are many nice things to say about a tiny and efficient GPU-equipped mobile Core i7 like the latest Intel NUC, wrapped in a lovely skin and all the latest and fastest consumer tech, and finally a chipset and BIOS that allows M.2 NVMe to run at full speeds, see also: New Intel 6th generation…

Jul 31 2016

Supermicro SYS-E300-8D/SYS-E200-8D/SYS-5028D-TN4T and Intel NUC NUC6i7KYK - decibel and watt comparison

This is just the beginning, a good start at understanding the differences between the sound output of these svelte little Supermicro SuperServers and the tiny Intel NUC. For the initial run of tests, I'm only looking at sound and watts during the initial power up, and after POST has completed. All…

Jul 31 2016

Supermicro SuperServer SYS-E300-8D and E200-8D powerhouses arrive, have a look under the hood!

Frequent article updates below throughout this weekend. Come on back later and refresh your browser, and your soul. Having already carefully inspected those recent Supermicro PR stock photos, I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I finally had a little time to have a close look under the hood,…

Jul 28 2016

Sneak preview of the upcoming HTML5 version of Supermicro Xeon D iKVM remote management shows you can't jettison Java quite yet

You've likely been itching to get rid of that pesky Java requirement if you want to remotely administer your Supermicro gear that's blessed with free IPMI/BMC/iKVM. Especially if you read my closely-related posts earlier this year: Supermicro's beloved iKVM Console Redirection is dumping…

Jul 27 2016

Supermicro SuperServer SYS-E300-8D and SYS-E200-8D close-up pictures

Article updates added below, including new unboxing pictures and video. Since spotting new arrivals at Supermicro's New X10 UP Server & Storage Solutions site, interest for big images of these little server beasts has been considerable. Coming Soon, as seen on the "Supermicro New X10 UP…

Jul 20 2016

Attend VTUG Summer Slam 2016, your chance to choose a FREE TinkerTry'd Supermicro SuperServer Bundle 2!

You may have recently read about VTUG Co-Leader Chris Williams, in my recent post about falling DDR4 prices that are helping make Supermicro Xeon D-1541 SuperServers more obtainable for virtualization enthusiasts who are always thirsty for more RAM. Well, just so happens he's taking delivery of his…

Jul 19 2016

Intel NUC-like micro servers with 4 or 8 1GbE/10GbE ports? Introducing Supermicro SuperServer SYS-E300-8D and E200-8D powerhouses, Xeon D-1518/1528 inside!

This article is undergoing significant additions and revisions now that the unboxing has begun, refresh to see the latest tech specs, with significant updates added below. Excerpt from Supermicro site, re-sorted. I happened to be poking around Supermicro's New X10 UP Server & Storage Solutions…

Jul 16 2016

Summer 2016 is heating up with ecobee3 and Ring Pro Video Doorbell updates, mesh WiFi tinkering, quiet 10GbE switch, 1TB M.2 NVMe, and falling DDR4 prices

There's a lot of great content coming up soon. To keep up to date, subscribe to the TinkerTry Weekly digest. My home's ecobee3 smart thermostat, 1 year later After Nest, what came next? The ecobee3 thermostat, with remote room motion and temperature sensors. Here's my latest updates on my 1 year…

Jul 13 2016

Lower memory cost reduces price of Xeon D-1541 SuperServer Mini Tower Bundles, 1U version also available

I've gotten to know many new folks during my years attending various VTUG (Virtualization Technology User Group) events. These inclusive events are VMware and Hyper-V friendly affairs, serving up a great combination of free education and fun. I'm super excited to be heading up to the famous VTUG…

Jul 13 2016

NAKIVO v6.1 beta is now open!

It's no secret that I quite enjoy the simplicity of installing the NAKIVO Backup & Replication appliance in a home lab. Getting your most precious VMs protected easily and effectively takes under 10 minutes to install and configure, kicking off your first backup job. See also: NAKIVO Backup…

Jul 6 2016