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

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 Server & Storage Solutions" page. The tiny thumbnail picture…

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 E300-8D and E200-8D powerhouses, Xeon D-1518/1528 inside!

This article is undergoing significant additions, revisit to see the latest additions below. Excerpt from Supermicro site, re-sorted. I happened to be poking around Supermicro's New X10 UP Server & Storage Solutions page today, looking at various compact systems in the ever-expanding Xeon…

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

Save backup storage using Veeam Backup & Replication BitLooker, a free way to reclaim wasted space in your VMs

When working with large amounts of data like I do in my home lab, reclaiming storage space left behind when I'm moving stuff like 3TBs of media around can be a pain. Those big VMDK files don't automatically get any smaller when you delete large files within those VMs. Seriously. That's a dirty…

Jul 6 2016

Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE network backups to Windows Server 2016 with Dedup, a promising combination

If you backup many family PCs, you'll want to start by reading this article: Server Storage at Microsoft The official blog of the Windows Server storage engineering teams: Data Deduplication in Windows Server 2016 Apr 01 2016 by Will Gries at blogs.technet.microsoft.com Since we introduced Data…

Jun 29 2016

Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE works well with Windows Server 2016 (beta) already, here's how

Jun 27 2016 Update - Veeam's Anton Gostev has left a word of warning below, please read before you proceed! I actually enjoy playing around with beta code, because I like getting a peek at where things are headed. I also enjoy hitting the ground running, when the final product finally arrives. For…

Jun 25 2016

Samsung announces 960 PRO, 960 EVO, and SM961 NVMe M.2 SSDs in up to 1TB capacity

If you've followed TinkerTry for a while, you'll know that I'm kind of a speed freak. I strive to squeeze every last bit of performance out of my careful investments. I tinker with settings to get the best speeds because I enjoy being productive and creating content without having to wait for my…

Jun 22 2016

Supermicro SuperServer Xeon D increases DDR4 support from 2133MHz to 2400MHz while Xeon D-1541 bundle prices are lowered

When the Xeon D was first shipped last summer, those 2133MHz speeds were the champion of the entire Xeon product line. Nice perk for a next-gen, forward-thinking product line, especially given they're priced lower than most Xeon chip families. More recently, you may have noticed that 2400 speeds of…

Jun 22 2016

HTTP/2 testing happening at TinkerTry.com, speed-up not currently available on Chrome

You can confirm whether any page has HTTP/2 enabled by simply visiting KeyCDN's handy online checker: HTTP/2 Test Verify - HTTP/2.0 Support Cloudways Support Center - How to Enable HTTP/2 on Your Web Apps There's some risk of embarrassment here, as I reveal even more of the underbelly of…

Jun 17 2016

How to easily install Windows Server 2016/Hyper-V on an Intel Xeon D Supermicro SuperServer

This is a basic overview article that highlights the steps that I walk you through in the accompanying video below. Featuring my live recording last week, as I was preparing the freshly unboxed server for two virtualization meetup demonstrations. Microsoft's Dan Stolts, Chief Technology Strategist,…

Jun 17 2016

Puget Systems publishes "Samsung 950 Pro M.2 Additional Cooling Testing"

Available now on Amazon in 256GB and 512GB sizes, 1TB was originally expected to arrive early '16. I've certainly spend a fair bit of time with my Xeon D-1540 and now Xeon D-1541 based Supermicro SuperServers, the model SYS-5028D-TN4T. One key feature for my home lab was making the best use of that…

Jun 8 2016

Supermicro Redfish API in IPMI firmware 3.3 also supports HTML5 UI

Just a little follow-up about this Redfish API, given it's been a while since this related post: Supermicro's beloved iKVM Console Redirection is dumping problem-ridden Java for HTML5, yay! Mar 08 2016 at TinkerTry It does seem we're getting closer to having something to try on our X10 Generation…

Jun 4 2016

How to easily install VMware ESXi 6.0 on an Intel Xeon D Supermicro SuperServer

This is a basic overview document, highlighting the steps that I walk you right through in the accompanying video below. The video features my live recording last week, as I was preparing the fresh server for a virtualization conference I was flying to later that same day. The video is a bit…

Jun 3 2016

Experts 2 Experts Virtualization Conference 2016 Las Vegas - presentation featuring live demonstration

The Presentation Soon, there might be video available of my demonstration that was projected for the attendees, but currently, anybody can see the exact slide deck I used: bit.ly/e2evc I also promised attendees that I'd be sharing the step-by-step video I recorded, as I was actually getting my…

Jun 2 2016

TinkerTry's Fifth Birthday, June 1, 2016 - momentary pause for self-congratulatory backslapping and prognostication

The title of this retrospective post is inspired by this long-time listener of David McCabe's Home Server Show and Jim Collison's Home Gadget Geeks podcast. It has to do with a bit of hilarious listener feedback they received about one of their celebratory milestone episodes, stating that it…

Jun 1 2016

Voter results are in for Supermicro SuperServer bundle preferences featuring Xeon D-1541/1567/1587

Back on May 19th, I kicked off the vote with this tweet: Thanks Canada & @Wiredzone for first-in-world look at Xeon D-1587 16 core SuperServer! https://tinkertry.com/a-good-look-at-the-worlds-first-16-core-supermicro-superserver-xeon-d-1587-thanks-canada .@Wiredzone Video ready…

Jun 1 2016

New Intel 6th generation Core i7 NUC, Skull Canyon, doesn't currently run ESXi 6.0 - Fixed!

May 24 Update - this issue has apparently been figured out already! See BIOS settings and details in Erik Bussink's post. Basically, disable Thunderbolt in the BIOS for the ESXi install, then re-enable afterward, see details. Original article appears below. Back on May 17, I published the article:…

May 22 2016

Vote by May 31st for which Supermicro SuperServer Xeon D-1500 bundle you'd like to see, Amazing, Insane, or Ludicrous?

Results are in, seen below. Vote to tell Supermicro which motherboard you'd like to see inside this versatile mini-tower chassis! Vote now! bit.ly/whichxeond Below, you'll find a copy of the above voting page, takes seconds to actually cast your vote, no login required! If you read the…

May 19 2016

Nice Canadian gives tour of world's first 16 core Intel Xeon D-1587 Supermicro SuperServer Mini-Tower

This article will be updated, with additions below this original article, where you'll also find the new video, and a chance to cast your vote for your favorite Xeon D-1500 system: Amazing, Insane, or Ludicrous, what'll it be? Please also consider voting for your favorite virtualization sites. To…

May 18 2016

VMware announced there's no vSphere Client for Windows for the next vSphere release, HTML5 web UIs are the future, forcing us to suffer vSphere Web Client during this transition

With today's announcement (excerpt seen above): Goodbye vSphere Client for Windows (C#) – Hello HTML5 May 18 2016 by Dennis Lu at VMware Blogs any uncertainty about where VMware is headed for this next release of VMware vSphere is gone. Don't forget that the beta testing that's underway was…

May 18 2016

Smart doorbell owner heard audio from other house thanks to a weird bug

It's been a bit of a rough week for IoT. On a recent Home Gadget Geeks podcast, I was lamenting the fact that home WiFi routers don't yet have a way to isolate all your cloud connected IoT gear off onto their own subnet, since such consumer tech tends to eventually succumb to various firmware…

May 14 2016