The big AMD EPYC Embedded 3000 Series Launch, and what it may mean to Intel Xeon D home lab enthusiasts

Come back and refresh, this new article is a work in progress! I'm happy that Xeon D finally has some competition, validating the value of the embedded/IoT market niche that home virtualization lab enthusiasts have benefited from. There are many popular Intel Xeon D designs that take advantage of…

Feb 21 2018

March 1st Connecticut VMUG UserCon - one lucky attendee will win a TinkerTry'd SuperServer, thanks to the VMware User Group!

Connecticut VMUG UserCon was at the Connecticut Convention Center in 2016, and on March 1 2018, it's being held in New Haven at the Omni Hotel. I've long hoped that the VMUG organization would someday see the value of having an amazing home lab raffle at a VMUG UserCon. Ever since I did a…

Feb 21 2018

How to easily update your VMware vCenter Server Appliance from 6.5.x to 6.5 Update 1f (VCSA 6.5 U1f) for Meltdown/Spectre-1 mitigation

Meltdown and Spectre loom large this year, and this article outlines how simple Meltdown/Spectre-1 mitigation is. But first, you should do your homework. Specifically: 1) Read VMSA-2018-0007.1 VMSA-2018-0007.1 – VMware Virtual Appliance updates address side-channel analysis due to speculative…

Feb 20 2018

Intel Xeon D-2100 announced, a promising choice for efficient home lab datacenters

This article will be updated as I collect information, after a couple of days of personal travel to see a launch that happened to coincide with this Intel launch. It's been just one month shy of 3 years since I first wrote about the Intel Xeon D here at TinkerTry, which promised to deliver what I…

Feb 8 2018

Experiencing the first SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch from 7 miles away, the most powerful rocket to launch since Apollo 17 in 1973!

Falcon Heavy Animation Click the infographic to view it full size at space.com Caption from SpaceX Channel's YouTube Video above: When Falcon Heavy lifts off, it will be the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two. With the ability to lift into orbit nearly 64 metric tons…

Feb 5 2018

Skylake-D information shows up on Intel's Price List

This article has largely been replaced by the Xeon D-1200 announcement that arrived on Feb 08 2018, see details at Intel Xeon D-2100 announced, a promising choice for efficient home lab datacenters. Article as it originally appeared below. This morning, Chris Parker dropped this comment: right…

Feb 2 2018

Intel SSD 760p Series M.2 NVMe will be available in up to 2TB capacity at near SATA pricing and double 600p performance

Introduction This article takes a quick look at Intel's latest SSD specs, and their potential for use in a VMware virtualization home lab environment. I do not currently have a sample of the 760p for first-hand testing. The information here is based on a briefing I recently received from an Intel…

Jan 23 2018

Apple iPhone X Accessories that feature Bluetooth, Qi Wireless Charging, and/or Lightning connectors for podcast enjoyment anywhere

Show Off the Inside of Your iPhone X with These Wallpapers Credit for the above iPhone X-ray image with Qi charging coil goes to iFixit, and it's available for download in full-resolution for use as lock screen wallpaper! Disclosure: This article contains affiliate links, details in the Affiliate…

Jan 16 2018

How to easily update your VMware Hypervisor from 6.x to 6.5 Update 1 Patch Release ESXi650-201801001 (ESXi Build 7388607) for Meltdown/Spectre remediation (patch has been pulled)

Jan 14 2018 Update - This patch has been pulled, details here, meanwhile, refer to my Dec 23 2018 article about upgrading to the currently recommended 6.5 Update 1 Patch 02 (ESXi Build 7388607). The comment above is still relevant, as I'm admittedly this is just one more-universal way to upgrade…

Jan 13 2018

How to easily update your VMware vCenter Server Appliance from 6.5.x to 6.5 Update 1e (VCSA 6.5 U1e)

This article has been replaced by this more recent article: How to easily update your VMware vCenter Server Appliance from 6.5.x to 6.5 Update 1f (VCSA 6.5 U1f) for Meltdown/Spectre-1 mitigation Feb 20 2018 Article below as it originally appeared. Meltdown and Spectre loom large this year, and…

Jan 13 2018

Meltdown and Spectre side-channel attack risk mitigation information from processor, server, and software vendors

This story continues to develop. Please expect that the information in the article below may be updated at any time, especially these first few days. Consider revisiting and refreshing. Disclosure: I'm a vSAN Systems Engineer, but this article isn't official VMware documentation. Please refer to…

Jan 10 2018

Google Project Zero (Spectre and Meltdown) patch and flash info for VMware vSphere (ESXi/VCSA) on Intel Xeon D Supermicro SuperServers

This story continues to develop. Please expect that the information in the article below may be updated at any time, especially these first few days. I suggest that you to revisit and refresh. For example, it appears that No image profile found with name 'ESXi-6.5.0-20180104001-standard' has been…

Jan 9 2018

Featured on "Home Gadget Geeks" Episode #340 "Paul Braren and Vintage Tech, 70s thru 90s Head Phones, Cell Phones, Camcorders and Video Games – HGG340"

"Home Gadget Geeks" available in 5 color choices and 3 sizes at Amazon. Alternative title: "Paul Braren's nostalgic look back at PC, audio, video, PC, and phone tech from the 1970s to 2000s, including the ThinkPad 701c Butterfly with an expanding keyboard" The below article…

Jan 7 2018

Temporary workaround to recover from intermittent Intel X552/X557 10GbE network outages on 12 and 16 core Xeon D, hoping for a public firmware update fix

If you really want to skip the interesting backstory, jump right down to the symptom, the workaround, and the proposed fix. This issue does not affect popular Xeon D systems with 8 or fewer cores. Backstory Yeah, it's a bit long, and somewhat complicated. At least I know it will feel good when this…

Dec 26 2017

How to easily update your VMware Hypervisor from 6.x to 6.5 Update 1 Patch 02 (ESXi Build 7388607)

As noted below, this ESXi patch is currently what's recommended for Spectre/Meltdown mitigation, see VMSA-2018-0002.3 for details, with industry-wide details here. The comment above is still relevant, as I'm admittedly this is just one more-universal way to upgrade ESXi, avoiding the need to…

Dec 23 2017

How to easily update your VMware vCenter Server Appliance from 6.5.x to 6.5 Update 1d (VCSA 6.5 U1d)

It's that time of year when IT Pros lucky enough to have a few days off upgrade their home labs. This VMware update arrives just in time for the holidays, and this article gets you ready to start 2018 off right! VMware vCenter Server Appliance Read the Release Notes. The simple update method that…

Dec 23 2017

Non-UniFi EdgeMax EdgeRouters can be managed with Ubiquiti Network Management System (UNMS) free beta

Here's Ubiquity's announcement: Introducing UNMS (beta) Ubiquiti Network Management System We invite you to use our new free Ubiquiti Network Management System. You can simply configure, monitor, upgrade, and back up your UBNT devices. Add your routers and switches. You can include your wireless…

Dec 9 2017

NAKIVO Backup & Replication v7.3 released with faster backup speeds for deduplication appliances

click to view "What's New in v7.3" Full NAKIVO v7 install/configure demo video below is available, using my home lab's vSphere 6.5 environment! I haven't had a chance to test v7.3 yet, as it just came out today, and I haven't gotten my hands on the NFR version yet. The trial version is…

Nov 28 2017

Many Intel CPUs contain Management Engine vulnerability to remote execution, here's sample outputs of the new INTEL-SA-00086 Detection Tool

You may have read about the Intel Management Engine Flaw, earlier this year, along with yesterday and today's wave of new articles about an Intel portable tool to check if your Windows or Linux system is vulnerable, with a step-by-step look below. You can read up on the Intel Management Engine in…

Nov 22 2017

Quad9 is a good Google Public DNS alternative with DNSSEC, better privacy, and faster DNS Benchmark speeds

"How DNS Works" published at "Quad9 DNS" on Nov 15, 2017. There's a new DNS on this planet's interwebs, see the big announcement made yesterday over at IBM: IBM, Packet Clearing House and Global Cyber Alliance Collaborate to Protect Businesses and Consumers from Internet Threats New Quad9 DNS…

Nov 17 2017

Intel announcements include details about benchmarking Optane P4800X in VMware ESXi, new 750GB capacity, and 3D XPoint fab expansion

There are three recent Intel announcements that are quite interesting. The first is about 4 recent detailed technical publications, the second is about a maximum Optane capacity doubling, and the third is about a new 3D XPoint fab, in collaboration with Micron. Of most interest to me personally is…

Nov 13 2017

Intel released Intel Xeon D 10GbE X552/X557 driver version 4.5.3 today for VMware ESXi, testing underway

I'm in the middle of testing this driver. Keep an eye on the process at this spot in the original article: How to download and install the Intel Xeon D 10GbE X552/X557 driver/VIB for VMware ESXi 6.x, works for X540 too Nov 02 2015 that has been updated many times since it was initially published.…

Oct 31 2017

How to check network driver and NIC firmware details in VMware ESXi

When working on my recent article, How to check that your TCP Segmentation Offload is turned on in both your VMware ESXi server and your VMs I quickly discovered that there seemed to be some shortcomings when checking the device driver versions for some network adapters, such as those that are…

Oct 31 2017

If you'd like to get your mitts on the next vSphere bits, take 2 minutes to join the VMware vSphere Beta program

Photo of my actual "Bug Hunt Winner" certificate, mailed to me back in 2014. I don't usually cover news on TinkerTry, but this time the news is big enough for home virtualization lab enthusiasts that I just had to be sure you saw this. Did you know that VMware has opened up the beta…

Oct 31 2017