TinkerTry's Eight Birthday Milestones

Luck would have it that TinkerTry passed several milestones, all in the past week! I've always been rather transparent at TinkerTry, and figured I'd share some private stats that aren't really easy to determine from public sources. May 31 2019 - How to build your awesome virtualization home lab…

Jun 7 2019

April's Drive Electric Earth Day moved to Celebrate West Hartford Day on June 1 2019, my Electric Vehicle and I will be there, ask me anything!

Video and photo galleries below, with event details and map. Tomorrow, I'll be heading over to Celebrate West Hartford to talk to anybody who wants to learn about electric vehicle ownership. Having driven over 10,000 miles these first 6 months of ownership, I was a reluctant and frankly a little…

May 31 2019

Microsoft Windows 10 May 2019 Update / Windows Server 2019 May 2019 Update, version 1903 downloads now available

Table of Contents Here's all the links for you, jumping you right down to the section you're most interested in below: Microsoft Windows Update Microsoft Windows Download Microsoft Windows Evaluation Center Microsoft Visual Studio Downloads Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC) …

May 27 2019

NAKIVO Backup & Replication v8.5.2 arrives with VMware vSphere 6.7 Update 2 support

Turn Your QNAP, Synology, ASUSTOR, WD, or Netgear NAS into a VM Backup Appliance, claiming to improve backup performance by up to 2X and offload your IT infrastructure It's no secret that I appreciate the simplicity of installing the NAKIVO Backup & Replication appliance in my home's personal…

May 27 2019

Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows support for Microsoft Windows 10 May 2019 Update, version 1903 (official support arriving with 3.0.2 in June)

May 28 2019 update, official 1903 support doesn't arrive until 3.0.2 next month (June), details from Anton Gostev below. Below is the article as it originally appeared, with updates added below. Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows 3.0.1 Last week, Microsoft released Windows 10 May 2019 Update…

May 27 2019

VMware vSphere 6.7 Update 2 is now generally available for download

This vSphere update was officially announced last week, see: Announcing vSphere 6.7 Update 2, vSphere Platinum updates, and vSphere ROBO Enterprise Apr 02 2019 by Himanshu Singh at VMware vSphere Blog I am excited to share that today we are announcing the VMware vSphere 6.7 Update 2 release,…

Apr 12 2019

VMware vSphere 6.7 Update 2 Announced

This vSphere update was officially announced earlier today: Announcing vSphere 6.7 Update 2, vSphere Platinum updates, and vSphere ROBO Enterprise Apr 02 2019 by Himanshu Singh at VMware vSphere Blog I am excited to share that today we are announcing the VMware vSphere 6.7 Update 2 release, with…

Apr 2 2019

Successor to Intel's popular and home-lab-friendly Xeon D-1500 is Xeon D-1600, announced today

Article published 1:12pm ET Positioning. Longtime readers of TinkerTry may recall that Xeon D was first announced back in February of 2015, see Intel Xeon D-1500 crams incredible virtualization lab specs into tiny mITX size, codename Broadwell-DE Mar 09 2015 Last month, this news broke: …

Apr 2 2019

New Veeam Backup & Replication Community Edition for home labs is free!

Dear Home Lab Enthusiast with data to protect: Today's Veeam announcement was big. A way to run enterprise level software with all the features you need for a lab environment, with none of the guilt. That's right, up to 10 VMs, and physical systems too! Got your attention? Read on! I started using…

Mar 26 2019

TinkerTry IT @ home gets into Top 25 vBlog list!

I had to miss Eric's live broadcast today, but I just heard the news moments ago, apparently TinkerTry IT @ home has broken in to the Top 25 vBlog list. It's quite and honor, I'm super happy about this, and very grateful to the vCommunity who voted. Special thanks to Eric Siebert (@ericsiebert) at…

Mar 21 2019

Synology DiskStation DS1618+ NAS First Look featuring 10GbE!

Disclosure - This test unit was provided by Synology. It's an evaluation, with no promises or stipulations about what content I produce. No money, no Synology advertisements placed. "TinkerTry.com, LLC" may earn a modest commission from readers who use the shopping links below. Backstory…

Mar 11 2019

Successor to Intel's home lab friendly Xeon D-1500 is called Hewitt Lake

This article is outdated. Consider jumping to TinkerTry's Successor to Intel's popular and home-lab-friendly Xeon D-1500 is Xeon D-1600, announced today published on Mar 04 2019. Article below as it originally appeared. Longtime readers of TinkerTry may recall that Xeon D was first announced way…

Mar 4 2019

Tesla's new $35K Model 3 blows Leaf (and Bolt) away in price, range, and safety, so will sub-$40K Model Y Crossover SUV

Tesla's new referral program announced Mar 21 2019. ICE (Internal Combustion Engines) run on gas, and the maximum efficiency of converting that energy to motion is about 25-50%. For EVs (Electric vehicles), it's about 80-90%. So while it's true that your "tank" of electrons may come from…

Mar 3 2019

My 1,000 blog post at TinkerTry IT @ home

You can see them all at: TinkerTry.com/archive Let me confess that articles like "TinkerTry's Fifth Birthday, June 1, 2016 - momentary pause for self-congratulatory backslapping and prognostication" tend to be my least popular of all. That's just as well, since my focus and my joy in…

Feb 28 2019

Charging your Tesla Model 3 at Superchargers on road trips and at home, with details to discuss with your electrician

Tesla's new referral program announced Mar 21 2019. Feb 08 2019 - Update, it appears my Wall Connector with 14-50 Plug has vanished entirely from the Model 3 Charging page after I installed mine and published this article. I'm reaching out to Tesla to find out why, and will update this article if I…

Jan 30 2019

Hands-on look at the Apple Smart Battery Case for iPhone XS Max, it's a keeper!

Backstory For several years, I've been on a quest to get an iPhone case that I can use when attending conferences and events, something I do pretty often in my role as an IT Professional, and as a blogger. When out and about all day away from power, I usually carry around a battery pack in my right…

Jan 20 2019

Sneak peek at what's cooking at TinkerTry in 2019

Wondering what's the hopper? Wonder no more, here you go! TinkerTry Studio Stock photo of workbench for now, with plans to share actual photos of my work bench. My dedicated space now includes a 4 foot by 8 foot Global Industrial Maple Butcher Block Workbench that I sanded and stained, adding…

Jan 16 2019

Intel's 10nm processor dubbed Snow Ridge, likely to be the next generation Xeon D

This article is outdated. Consider jumping to TinkerTry's Successor to Intel's popular and home-lab-friendly Xeon D-1500 is Xeon D-1600, announced today published on Mar 04 2019. Article below as it originally appeared. Not a lot of new CPU news came out of CES that directly relates to ship dates…

Jan 10 2019

Featured on "Home Gadget Geeks" Episode #385 "Paul Braren with Travel Tech, Ring Stick Up Cams and a New Tesla 3 – HGG385"

This new podcast episode 385 is now available at the averageguy.tv here, where you can also view, listen, and/or subscribe. Here's an excerpt: Paul Braren from https://tinkertry.com and on Twitter at @paulbraren joins this week as we catch up with him and his job with VMware, some travel tech from…

Jan 6 2019

Tesla Model 3 known-good accessories

Tesla's new referral program announced Mar 21 2019. This article will keep track of the Model 3 accessories I've TinkerTry'd, featuring a detailed walkthrough video, in 4K!. I'll be detailing why I'm keeping most items, and returning others. I encourage you to revisit and refresh for the latest…

Jan 5 2019

Tesla Model 3 replacing my 13 year old Honda Civic Hybrid, let's see how that goes. So far, so good!

Tesla's new referral program announced Mar 21 2019. At the start of this video this video, Roadshow's Tim Stevens proclaims: What you're looking at is the most anticipated car of all time. With more than a half million pre-orders on the books, the Tesla Model 3 has piqued the interest of more…

Dec 23 2018

First look at the Ring Stick Up Cam

This article is a work-in-progress, please come back and refresh. Shop for the Ring Stick Up Cam on Amazon. If you find value in the article and/or video below, please consider using one of these links when buying your own Ring Stick Up Cam, available in black or white with wired, solar, and…

Dec 10 2018

How to configure VMware ESXi 6.7 or later for VMDirectPath I/O pass-through of any NVMe SSD, such as Windows 10 1809 installed directly on an Intel 900P booted in an EFI VM

Notice the 900P U.2 NVMe SSD above the motherboard There was a little-discussed and finally mature capability that arrived with VMware ESXi 6.5, back in November of 2016. See Amazon for the Intel Optane SSD 900P Series, but this consumer drive might not be ideal for most home virtualization lab…

Nov 28 2018

Ian Sanderson's walkthrough details configuration of roll-your-own MFA using free Cisco Duo Authentication for Windows Logon and RDP

I must have mentioned Duo's MFA to over a dozen folks all this year, sharing the existence of this great gem with user group attendees, colleagues, friends, and strangers. If you have an alway-on Windows or Windows Server jump box or VM listening for connection attempts to port 3389 in your home…

Nov 27 2018