"The 5th Annual Home Server Show Meetup" in Indianapolis Sep 12 2015 - TinkerTry'll be there!

The stars started to align recently, with a flight voucher making all the difference, along with finding out some possible work travel had shifted. So it was with great joy that I was able to reach out to leader David McCabe earlier today, to coordinate some logistics for a very brief presentation…

Jul 29th, 2015

Official TinkerTry polo shirts and stickers now available.

That day has arrived. The day you can get your own TinkerTry.com polo shirt or TinkerTry IT @ home stickers. Mens and ladies styles for the shirts. Stickers go both ways. If you click on the image to order the shirt, you'll see the Apple color indicated in your shopping cart, with my Apple colored…

Jul 29th, 2015

How to show Windows 10 version and build number on your desktop

During the Windows Insider Preview period of what essentially was public beta testing of Windows 10, Microsoft wisely chose to show the version of Windows and the Build Number on the desktop. Help us keep things straight. But once Build 10240 was released, they took that nifty feature away. You can…

Jul 29th, 2015

Visual Studio Enterprise with MSDN (VL) doesn't offer Windows 10 Pro ISO downloads

Well, now we know a bit more about getting ISO downloads of Windows 10 from MSDN, since it's now been released. Shortly after midnight here on the east coast, I noticed I could see a list of Windows 10 version on MSDN, without even needing to login, right here. I then had my sad trombone moment as…

Jul 29th, 2015

My experience with the Samsung 850 EVO 2TB SSD, and how it fits into my hybrid home lab strategy

Wow. 2TB SSDs. They're here at last! Samsung is first out of the chute, delivering their 850 EVO 2TB SSD models to consumers now, and the 850 PRO 2TB variant coming in early August. There is a relatively unknown and pricey newcomer called Fixstar, but their 3TB and 6TB models are currently still on…

Jul 28th, 2015

How to create a Windows 10 (Build 10240) bootable USB drive by making your own clean install ISO today

JUL 28 2015 Update - breaking news Microsoft starts pushing Windows 10 to users who reserved it This rough-around-the-edges article is intended for an IT Professional audience that already has an upgraded Windows 10 Preview Build 10240 (Pro), and knows their way around a BIOS boot order menu and…

Jul 26th, 2015

How to configure vCSA timeout settings so your vSphere Web Client doesn't log off after default 2 hours of inactivity

Don't like it when your vSphere Web Client logs itself off after 2 hours? For your lab, you may want to adjust this time-out duration. Just edit a text file called webclient.properties that's already on your vCSA (vCenter Server Appliance). For production, tweaks that affect default security…

Jul 24th, 2015

How to locate your triple monitor 4K PC 20 feet away for less noise and more joy

So, you found yourself a modern PC with 4K outputs, such as this little Supermicro Superserver / Workstation hybrid. Let's say you have 1 mDP (Mini DisplayPort) output, along with 2 full-size HDMI outputs, such as this low-profile and efficient VisionTek 7750 3x4K PCIe graphics card. Now let's also…

Jul 23rd, 2015

VMworld 2015, hands-off labs? All hands-on labs completely full in under 23 hours.

Log in to the Schedule Builder here! For those of you attending VMworld 2015 San Francisco, as of July 21st, you can now pre-register for the sessions you plan to attend. Well, some of the talks and presentations, but not the hands-on labs. Yeah, I guess those coveted spots are evaporating rather…

Jul 21st, 2015

VMworld 2015 Schedule Builder is now available, featuring my first VMworld presentation

Log in to the Schedule Builder here! For those of you attending VMworld 2015 San Francisco, as of July 21st, you can now pre-register for the sessions you plan to attend. Now that I've been asked to speak at VMworld this year, I've learned the importance of having session descriptions in on time.…

Jul 21st, 2015

My ecobee3 HomeKit WiFi thermostat with remote motion/temperature sensors makes sense/cents

Updates to this article below. If you have multiple members of your household that are home at various times of the day, then you likely have some familiarity with inevitable temperature preference skirmishes. The ecobee3 app on iPhone 6 Plus, screenshot taken from Reflector 2 on Windows If you…

Jul 19th, 2015

What fits in any home virtualization lab, has 8 Xeon cores, 8 drives, 128GB memory, and 3 4K outputs from a Windows 10 VM? Your new Supermicro SuperServer Workstation!

Imagine an efficient little server that can double as a workstation. I don't mean one or the other like that dual-boot nonsense. I mean both. A whole hog VMware vSphere 6.0 Datacenter, along with a fancy schmanzy Windows 10 workstation, with a dedicated keyboard and mouse. Simultaneously. After you…

Jul 15th, 2015

Virtualization Technology User Group Summer Slam 2015 - learning, lobster, and fun

Hey all, for my third straight year, I'm headed up to Maine for the VTUG Summer Slam! Hope to see some of you there. Come on back and re-visit this page for stories from the event, along with some pictures, of course. Jul 16 2015 Update Related Tweets:…

Jul 15th, 2015

How to safely patch your vCenter Server Appliance 6.0 (vCSA)

Great news, this article has already been written, it's good to go as-is! How to Update or Patch the vCenter 6 Appliance JUL 07 2015 by Simon Davies at Everything-Virtual How do I know? Because I tested it, updating the patch (aka upgrade) from vCSA 6.0.0 to vCSA 6.0.0.5120, aka, 6.0.0.b, and…

Jul 13th, 2015

Easier way - Enabling EVC on a cluster when vCenter Server is running in a virtual machine

Let's say you add a second host (server) to your home lab. It has a newer CPU that's different enough that you're prevented from performing a vMotion. Specifically, when you try to vMotion vCenter (vCSA) itself, when you get to the screen where you try to "Select a valid destination compute…

Jul 11th, 2015

NAKIVO Backup & Replication 5.7 fully supports vSphere 6, VSAN, and VVol, an easy choice for home labs

If you have: an industry certification (list above) an interest in a free way to automatically back up your home-lab VMs, using an easy-to-configure vSphere 6.0 appliance that takes well under 10 minutes to set up with your browser Get free NFR copy of NAKIVO B&R by clicking the [affiliate…

Jul 9th, 2015

Deep dive inside video of the Supermicro SuperServer 5028D-TN4T including component installation

I'm pleased to announce a new video that takes you all around and inside this mini-tower server, with some constructive advice. During the course of this comprehensive look at the physical design, I also find that all of the following assembly was quite straight-forward: unboxing (extremely…

Jul 2nd, 2015

Supermicro SuperServer 5028D-TN4T Photo Gallery

Detailed specifications available at Supermicro Authorized Reseller Wiredzone Supermicro SuperServer 5028D-TN4T Perhaps you're "just looking." Well then, you've found the right page. The case, the motherboard, the drive bays, it's all seen in detail, with many screenshots too. More pics…

Jul 1st, 2015

Installing Windows 10 on the Supermicro SuperServer 5028D-TN4T

Normally, you'd put a server OS on such a little beast. But you don't have to. In this video, I'll demonstrate what's needed right after you finish up a default install of Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 10159. It's highly likely that all the steps I show will be identical in the generally…

Jul 1st, 2015

Intel Xeon D-1500 SoC 10GbE X552/X557-AT 10GBASE-T VIB for ESXi 6.0 support?

10GbE interfaces circled I don't yet know if or when X552/X557 10GbE NIC support will arrive, but I did contact Supermicro recently, as did others apparently (see below). Yesterday, they promised me they'd update the site quickly and today, I confirmed they did exactly that. Their compatibility…

Jun 30th, 2015

Supermicro SuperServer 5028D-TN4T accessories and aspirations

Updates to this article below The Supermicro SuperServer 5028D-TN4T motherboard and CPU installed come pre-installed in a compact chassis with a 250 watt power supply, all pre-wired and ready to boot, complete with a 3 year warranty. Most places you buy this system, it arrives bare-bones, which…

Jun 29th, 2015

TinkerTry's .htaccess file for no www, no trailing slashes, and all https

I make no claims to be an expert in .htaccess syntax. Back on March 22, 2015, I quietly: changed from http to https (and dropped the www and trailing slashes) changed from WordPress CMS to Kirby Flat-File CMS changed web hosting providers for TinkerTry.com This article focuses is on that first…

Jun 27th, 2015

Supermicro SuperServer 5028D-TN4T first impressions

JUN 30 2015 Update - New "deep dive inside" 38 minute video now available. Since last night's live-streamed unboxing and power-up-ing, I've since spent a bit of quality time off camera with this little beast, installing and configuring and testing ESXi 6.0. While fresh in my mind, I…

Jun 26th, 2015

TinkerTry's Xeon D-1540 fueled ESXi 6.0 home lab build begins LIVE!

Updates to this article below, and lots of pictures now available too! A second camera view is now available, without the desktop shown, here. Rather than hours of arduous video editing to join the best of both videos together, time is probably better spent doing a new much shorter new video,…

Jun 25th, 2015