Faster HTML5 future for VMware vSphere Web Client? ESXi Embedded Host Client Fling flies!

It's about time we get a glimpse of what the future vSphere Web Client might be like, and that future is pretty, fast, and pretty darn fast. About the same speed as the vSphere Client we've been using on Windows for over a decade, but in a browser. Any browser. Thank you VMware Engineers! Many…

Aug 26 2015

VMware Workstation 12 and Player 12 released with full Windows 10 support

VMware has a track record of releasing a compatibile version of VMware Workstation soon after every major release of Windows. This year was no exception, just one month after Windows 10 became widely available. It's the last time too, with all future Windows releases delivered as incremental…

Aug 26 2015

Blogging and presenting at VMworld 2015 San Francisco, many chances to meet you!

If you are attending VMworld 2015 San Francisco, I sure hope you can stop by and introduce yourself to me, with numerous opportunities to do so. Even if you can't attend, I'll be trying to capture a taste of what it's like at VMworld through stories right here at TinkerTry. This is my first VMworld…

Aug 26 2015

Easily keep Windows 10 from sharing those big Windows Updates with PCs that aren't in your home

Looping video of the exact steps seen below. I like Windows 10, and I installed it on 7 machines this past month alone. I think it's a good idea that Windows Updates are now shared among PCs on your home network, by default. Why should each PC download the same huge files when other PC…

Aug 24 2015

Detailed assembly and configuration instructions for Supermicro SuperServer Workstation Windows 10 Pro bundle

If you're the type of person who enjoys seeing How It's Made, you like seeing the curtain pulled back. You've come to the right place! TinkerTry offers complete transparency here, with a video below that shows you exactly what happens during preparation of your new TinkerTry Wiredzone Supermicro…

Aug 19 2015

The modern HTML5 way to test internet speeds, dslreports.com/speedtest

A DSLReports engineer recently contacted me to let me know about their new HTML5 speed tests. He had apparently read my informal speed tests at: Motorola Arris SB6183 16 Channel DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem, future-proof through 686 Mbps? I replied to him that I had planned to retest using his site…

Aug 16 2015

The Reckoning 2015 - TinkerTry will be there!

You may recall me announcing recently that I'm headed to VMworld soon: VMworld 2015 Schedule Builder is now available, featuring my first VMworld presentation, a live VVol demo! I'm also honored to be enjoying my 3rd trip to meet up with an enthusiastic and friendly bunch of home server fans in…

Aug 15 2015

Close look at the Floureon LCD Display Power Meter

Recently, I decided it'd valuable to me and my readers to know exactly how much the electricity costs to run my all-in-one efficient SuperServer Workstation, given it will be left running 24x7. My trusty CyberPower 1000PFCLCD UPS keeps my office running through frequent power blips, and handles…

Aug 14 2015

AOMEI Backupper Professional sector-by-sector cloning of a failing SSD

A few months back, I may have made a mistake by trying out Samsung RAPID Mode in an attempt to speed up my Windows 8.1 SSD noticeably. I have found it makes the biggest difference when an older system is hampered by SATA2 speeds, such as is the case with my ThinkPad W520 tZilla's mSATA slot. I've…

Aug 12 2015

Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE 1.1 fully supports Windows 10, and restores to smaller SSDs

You may have spotted Ben commenting right here on TinkerTry "Version 1.1 is out now!" He's right! I hadn't yet spotted the August 4th announcements, to thanks to Ben, I'm now kicking the tires on a fresh copy of Windows 10. I'm using some PCs where I "convinced" the 1.0…

Aug 7 2015

TinkerTry Supermicro SuperServer Workstation bundle now available - Windows 10 with triple 4K GPU can run as an ESXi VM!

This idea took about 4 years from idea to delivery, but at last, it is with great joy that I announce that the pairing of TinkerTry and Wiredzone has resulted in a way to adopt your very own baby SuperServer Workstation. Starting today, we're taking the blankets off this efficient and surprisingly…

Aug 1 2015

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

The stars started to align recently, with an unused personal flight voucher making all the difference, along with finding out some conflicting 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…

Jul 29 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 below to order the shirt, you'll see the "Apple" color indicated in your shopping cart,…

Jul 29 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. Helped us keep things straight. But once Build 10240 was released, they took that nifty feature away. You…

Jul 29 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 29 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 28 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 26 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 24 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 23 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 21 2015

VMworld 2015 Schedule Builder is now available, featuring my first VMworld presentation, a live VVol demo!

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 21 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 19 2015

What fits in any home virtualization lab, has 8 Xeon cores, 6 drives, 128 GB 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 15 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 15 2015