Today is my first day at VMware!

Dear TinkerTry Readers: Today, January 9th of 2017, is my very first day at VMware. As a Commercial Systems Engineer, my role will include demonstrating the benefits of a Software Defined Storage strategy, specifically focusing on vSAN for eastern US customers. My region is the Eastern US, with a…

Jan 9 2017

Samsung 960 EVO vs 950 PRO M.2 NVMe SSD - FLIR thermal video of VMware vSphere 6.5 Windows 10 VM cloning

It sure took a while, but the first Samsung 960 PRO and EVO shipments to US customers finally arrived the third week of December, that long saga unfolded here. So far, it's looking good! But why should only I have all the fun, as I performed my first set of confidence-building tests. I wanted to…

Jan 3 2017

Samsung 960 PRO/EVO/SM961 M.2 NVMe SSD disappearance workaround is to power cycle, boot from NVMe problems also reported

This article has had several significant additions since initially published, to incorporate new findings from amazingly helpful readers who commented below. I'm apparently starting out 2017 smoothing out bumps-in-the-road that a few home lab enthusiasts ran into recently during their normally fun…

Jan 2 2017

How to fix DNS short name lookup failures on Ubiquiti EdgeRouter firmware v1.9.1

Ubiquiti EdgeRouter Lite Available at Amazon, B&H, and Newegg for under $90 USD. Which EdgeRouters? There are other members of the Ubiquiti EdgeRouter family that use this same v1.9.1 firmware, so this article likely applies to those folks as well, including: ERLite-3 and ERPoe-5 ER-8,…

Jan 1 2017

Thank you IBM, for 21 amazing years!

Today, December 31 2016, is my last day at IBM. It's been quite an adventure! It's fair to say I don't change jobs all that often. That said, IBM has afforded me numerous opportunities to dramatically change my job roles inside the company, and this article highlights some of the (hopefully) more…

Dec 31 2016

XPoint Storage Accelerator arrives in Kaby Lake ThinkPads in early 2017 as a really fast 16GB NVMe cache for its Intel RST RAID volume

3D XPoint is spoken as three dee cross point, see also Intel® Optane™ Technology co-developed with Micron, who calls it QuantX Technology. PC Perspective has once again done a great job of covering the latest consumer storage technology in yesterday's article and podcast discussion. We don't yet…

Dec 29 2016

The Portable Software-Defined Datacenter by Zack Widing, VMware vSAN cluster features 4 Xeon D Supermicro SuperServers

SDDC - Software-Defined Datacenter. Zack Widing, Federal Sr. Systems Engineer at VMware. When the picture above first emerged on Twitter back on December 6th, my reaction was a mix of wonder and joy, with a touch of jelly. This Zack Widing @zCloudtech has taken the Xeon D platform and run with it.…

Dec 23 2016

VMUG Advantage features EVALExperience, now with the latest VMware vSphere 6.5 inside!

I was recently in touch with a VMware contact about the issue with VMUG Advantage's aging code, not offering folks the latest vSphere 6.5 version released on Nov 15, 2016. It appears that problem has now been solved, announced today actually, have a look! Out with the old (now broken) URL: …

Dec 21 2016

The Xeon D Supermicro SuperServer "Bundle 2" of joy, a complete home datacenter virtualization solution that really flies

FlightAware.com composite map, Dec 08 2016. I'm flying with this home datacenter tomorrow, to present at my 14th user group presentation this year. This time, it's to one of the biggest VMware User Groups in the US, over in Minneapolis Minnesota! OK, I'm not actually trying to fly with that UPS…

Dec 7 2016

vSphere 6.5 Core Storage white paper - one home virtualization lab enthusiast's perspective

Let's start with Cormac Hogan's recent post: Announcing vSphere 6.5 Core Storage white paper Nov 28 2016 by Cormac Hogan at VMware | Blogs > Virtual Blocks I’m delighted to announce the availability of a new vSphere 6.5 core storage white paper. The paper covers new features such as VMFS-6…

Dec 7 2016

M.2 expansion for your NVMe SSDs - EZDIY adds, Angelbird Wings adds and cools, Amfeltec Squid adds, cools, and quadruples

Introduction Such adapter cards pass signals from your M.2 NVMe device right through to your motherboards PCIe slot, with no speed degradation. You can see these simple wire traces in the close-look video that's featured below, so there's no special drivers needed. Modern PCs and servers simply…

Dec 6 2016

Where to buy your Samsung 960 EVO or PRO M.2 NVMe SSDs, featuring the latest ordering and availability info

There have been many reports of issues with these 960 drives! Please read: Samsung 960 PRO/EVO/SM961/PM961 M.2 NVMe SSD disappearance workaround is to power cycle, boot from NVMe problems also reported Original article appears below. This will likely be my last manual update of order status. As…

Nov 30 2016

How to remap F2 in Supermicro iKVM Remote Console to get to VMware ESXi "Customize System/View Logs"

The Java-based iKVM is not long for this world. The remaining IPMI bugs, along with many Supermicro owners not able to upgrade to IPMI 3.3.x or later, mean that not everybody is able to move to HTML5, see also my recent: How to map a network share to boot from ISO, moving Supermicro Java iKVM to…

Nov 25 2016

Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 NFR license now available to certified IT Pros, vSphere 6.5 support coming soon

Here's highlights of Veeam's recent announcement that I received from Clint Wyckoff (@ClintWyckoff), Product Strategy Evangelist at Veeam: As you probably know, we’ve recently announced a number of features of Veeam Availability Suite 9.5. Today, I’m happy to announce that version 9.5 is here!…

Nov 22 2016

How to map a network share to boot from ISO, moving Supermicro Java iKVM to browser-only HTML5 iKVM

This is one of those simple tips that I think Supermicro SuperServer owners will really appreciate. You will need to have a Supermicro system / X10SDV motherboard that is capable of running IPMI 3.3.x, or later. This includes all Xeon D systems that Supermicro makes, which are now at 3.46. If…

Nov 22 2016

How to easily update your VMware Hypervisor to ESXi 6.5

VMware ESXi 6.5 Release Notes ESXi 6.5 | 15 NOV 2016 | ISO Build 4564106 Warning - vCenter/VCSA 6.x should be upgraded to 6.5 before upgrading your host(s) to ESXi 6.5! All the background story on how this easy ESXCLI upgrade method came about was covered in my earlier article: How to easily…

Nov 20 2016

How to easily update your VMware vCenter Server Appliance to VCSA 6.5

vCenter Server Appliance 6.5 Release Notes 15 NOV 2016 | Build 4602587 Warning - vCenter/VCSA 6.x should be upgraded to 6.5 before upgrading your host(s) to ESXi 6.5! Coming soon The TinkerTry'd method that works reliably in my home lab just isn't ready yet, I'll update this article as time…

Nov 20 2016

Holidays Shopping 2016 - TinkerTry Tech Savings

The information in this article is subject to change through year end. Press Ctrl+F5 to refresh your browser, to be sure you're viewing the latest info & images. Most of the on-sale items featured in this article are about products I've blogged about extensively. None are perfect, but they are…

Nov 19 2016

VMware ESXi 6.5 runs well on Xeon D Supermicro ServerServers, here's what you need to know

This article is in draft mode, and the information throughout is changing rapidly these first few days. The install of ESXi 6.5 is just as easy as the install of all ESXi 6.0.x versions before it. Given the 7 year product life design of this powerful and efficient Intel SoC (System on a chip)…

Nov 18 2016

VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 6.1.1 works with ESXi 6.5, virtualizing Windows PCs & VMs for free

Last night, I was recording a nifty ESXi 6.5 install video using a Windows 10 system that was running on some older hardware. That was a mistake, it bogged down right when I needed it, live on camera. Oh well, time to migrate this VM to another system as I prepare for round 2, the VCSA install. The…

Nov 16 2016

Easy fix for Supermicro and other Xeon D systems experiencing SATA3/AHCI slowdown on ESXi 6.5

Article is a work in progress, revisit/refresh for updates. So far, I've been unable to replicate his findings on a new ESXi 6.5 install, seeing normal SATA3 speeds. Others in different circumstances may still run into this slowdown, reasons why not known yet. Details of the ongoing investigation…

Nov 16 2016

In VMware vSphere 6.5, missing functions in speedy HTML5 Web UI leaves us saddled with vSphere Web Client (Flash), C# Client still connects to hosts, but not to vSphere

Did you notice what the VMware vSphere 6.5 Release Notes mention, at this spot? Those are the (finalized?) client UI names! Yep, get ready for this: Components of VMware vSphere 6.5, including vCenter Server, ESXi, the vSphere Web Client, the vSphere Client, and the vSphere Host Client do not…

Nov 16 2016

VMware ESXi 6.5 first look at install/config featuring vSphere Host Client HTML5 Web UI

It's here! Finally, those GA bits arrived today, ready for you to download. My original article has now been updated to include the new download links: VMware vSphere 6.5 announced today, here's how to download it fast Oct 18 2016 Today, I decided to record video of my very first install of the…

Nov 15 2016

VMware vSphere 6.5 released!

It's here! Finally, those GA bits arrived today, ready for you to download. My original article has now been updated to include the new download links: VMware vSphere 6.5 announced today, here's how to download it fast Oct 18 2016 When doing both files concurrently, I was able to get about…

Nov 15 2016