Chris Williams of Mistwire - How to get your free* AWS account & spin up your first VM

Ran into VTUG co-leader Chris Williams, at the recent Spring Ahead 2016 New England event in the lovely seaside town of Portsmouth, NH. After I had the opportunity to hear him participate in a panel discussion Practical Cloud, we got to catching up on SuperServers, careers, and life. I had checked…

May 3 2016

My Ring Video Doorbell story starts a new chapter with Ring Video Doorbell Pro

This article will be updated, with additions below this original article. As of May 01 2016, the Pro is not available on Amazon, but if you're in the US, this doorbell is available at: Best Buy Ring - Video Doorbell Pro - Satin Nickel/Venetian/Satin Black/Pearl White or you can order directly…

Apr 29 2016

vSphere Design Pocketbook v3.0 is now available

I found a great deal of value reading through this April 12 2016 publication, knowing that I'll be using this as a handy reference in the future. Note this distinguished list of just some of the prominent authors that contributed to these 153 pages of goodness: Chris Wahl William Lam Christian…

Apr 25 2016

vSphere HTML5 Web Client Fling v1.2 (h5client) arrives as VMware moves away from Client Integration Plugin (CIP)

You may recall my rejoicing over the arrival of the responsive and snappy HTML5 UI, see: Faster HTML5 future for VMware vSphere Web Client? ESXi Embedded Host Client Fling flies! (30 second install instructions) Aug 26 2015 Even better, that ESXi Embedded Host Client is now baked right into ESXi…

Apr 19 2016

VMware wants your vSphere Beta feedback, simple sign-up form is now available

VMware has increasingly been a bit more open with their beta tests. Previously, such testing was only offered to folks lucky enough to work for large companies that happened to have a close partnership with VMware. Then, back in 2014, VMware started offered beta testing of vSphere 6 to the public,…

Apr 19 2016

How to easily shutdown or restart Windows over Remote Desktop Connection

Problem The Shut down and Restart options are removed from the Start Menu when you’re connected using Remote Desktop (aka Terminal Services), as pictured above. These intentional omissions protect you from yourself, since there's a risk when doing such power operations remotely. If something goes w…

Apr 4 2016

Use Chrome for VMware-related taskbar shortcuts, unclutter your browser-based UIs so they look like native apps!

Table of Contents - add vSphere admin shortcuts to your taskbar Use these links to jump to each section's step-by-step instructions for: vSphere Client - legacy Win32 C# client, likely to be deprecated soon ESXi Embedded Host Client - HTML5/JavaScript UI for ESXi vSphere HTML5 Web Client -…

Apr 2 2016

Liberate your Western Digital 8TB drive from its MyBook external enclosure to pay just $250, much cheaper than internal

Backstory There have been some fun and interesting stories lately, about how absurd the mark-up sometimes is for internal 3.5" drives. Yeah, you'll get full warranty and normal stickers. But going with a similar drive that's inside an external is sometimes cheaper. Way cheaper. Amazon - WD 8TB…

Mar 30 2016

Did you know March 31st is World Backup Day?

Alright, I had never heard of it either, but figured it's as good a time as any to remind you that in addition to spring cleaning of HDD and SSD clutter, you may want to first take a moment to back up your system, or make sure your existing backups are valid! VMs Looking for simple backup software…

Mar 30 2016

TinkerTry appearance on Microsoft Channel 9 - Everything You Need To Know About State Of The Art SSD Drives NVMe, PCIe, M.2

Recently, I had a conversation with Dan Stolts of Microsoft, who is also the creator of IT Pro Guru Blog. We've run into each other at various New England User Groups, and always enjoy talking tech things like booting from VHD on an external ThinkPad drive, or using eSATA to temporarily run another…

Mar 30 2016

TinkerTry live 45 minute Supermicro SuperServer demo Mar. 31 2016 at 3:15pm EDT, part of xenappblog's all day virtual expo, free!

Register now at xenappblog.com/expo. This event is over, but I have video of 30 minutes of the presentation/demonstration available already!

Mar 30 2016

vSphere HTML5 Web Client arrives as a VMware Fling, a glimpse at vSphere's future UI

You may recall my rejoicing over the arrival of the responsive and snappy HTML5 UI, see: Faster HTML5 future for VMware vSphere Web Client? ESXi Embedded Host Client Fling flies! (30 second install instructions) Aug 26 2015 Even better, that ESXi Embedded Host Client is now baked right into ESXi…

Mar 29 2016

How to enable higher Windows VGA resolutions on both your monitor and your Supermicro Remote Console

If you are running Windows 8, 8.1, or 10, or Windows Server 2012R2 or 2016, you will likely quickly notice you're seemingly stuck at a rather anemic 800x600 resolution. Ok, you're not gaming on your server, but these days, it's also rather hard to get any real UI work done at that resolution. This…

Mar 23 2016

NAKIVO Backup & Replication 6.0 VMware appliance is an easy choice for VM backups, can be installed directly on a Western Digital or Synology NAS!

NAKIVO is the first product to provide native backup and replication for Amazon EC2 instances. They've always had a focus on the simplicity of install, especially the VMware appliance. And now, a new web UI skin has arrived as well. More important for the IT Pro's home lab, it's become more…

Mar 22 2016

Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE 1.5 released with email notifications and enhanced protection from CryptoLocker

Download Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE 1.5 veeam.com/endpoint-backup-free.html Tips email notification configuration tips Very nice email reporting! [shown on ioS] Certainly handy for PCs backed up remotely [over VPN]. Couldn't be much better timing, given the rough week we just had of yet more…

Mar 17 2016

New Intel 6th generation Core i7 NUC, Skull Canyon NUC6i7KYK with dual M.2 and up to 32GB of RAM

Intel dropped a little surprise late Wednesday, with new and improved GPU capabilities, in a new shape. Introducing an Intel NUC that's a little bigger, taking aim squarely at gamers this time around. Mar 18 2016 Update - additional information, and podcast with video, added below. Intel makes it…

Mar 17 2016

How to easily update your VMware Hypervisor to ESXi 6.0 Update 2

VMware ESXi 6.0 Update 2 Release Notes ESXi 6.0 Update 2 | 15 MAR 2016 | ISO Build 3620759, if you just want to see the super easy update via CLI steps, jump below. Embedded Host Client, baked right into ESXi 6.0U2! Backstory Embedded Host Client Guess what, ESXi Embedded Host Client is included…

Mar 16 2016

How to easily update your VMware vCenter Server Appliance to vCSA 6.0 Update 2

VMware vCenter Server 6.0 Update 2 Release Notes 15 MARCH 2016 | ISO Build 3634788, if you just want to see the super easy update via CLI steps or VAMI web UI, jump below. Backstory If you're using vCSA 6.0, Update 1 introduced the new Appliance Management Interface. Think re-incarnated Virtual…

Mar 16 2016

Download VMware vCSA/ESXi 6.0 Update 2

Easy Upgrades - try the combined download/install simple method: How to easily update your VMware vCenter Appliance to vCSA 6.0 Update 2 Mar 16 2016 How to easily update your VMware Hypervisor to ESXi 6.0 Update 2 Mar 16 2016 You'll have plenty of time to read the release notes, once you kick…

Mar 16 2016

Free NFR of Veeam Availability Suite v9 with Backup & Replication for VCPs, vExperts, and many other certified professionals

TinkerTry IT @ home. Efficient virtualization, storage, backup, and more... Notice the TinkerTry tagline, above. The words home and backup. They're an integral part of my two decade IT career, and a common theme among the 700+ posts here at TinkerTry. I'm always investigating various ways to backup al…

Mar 13 2016

Upgrade Supermicro Xeon D-1540/1541 from BIOS 1.0b/1.0c to 1.1 for identical features, including SR-IOV for 10GbE!

Download ONLY if you have a SYS-5028D-TN4T with the standard X10SDV-TLN4F motherboard, click the image, select "BIOS" then download. Get the new BIOS 1.1 download X10SDVF6_302.zip Build your DOS bootable USB flash drive I have good news. I've been testing the latest BIOS 1.1 from…

Mar 12 2016

How to manually reset your Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE database

If you just want to view the steps and see the video about the reset procedure, jump below. Backstory I've used Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE (VEB) on about 30 PCs and VMs since late 2014 beta days. We're up to a mature and polished version 1.1.2.119 now, and I still regularly use it on 6 key Windows…

Mar 12 2016

PC Perspective's new way to visualize snappy SSD performance, even at triple 950 PRO M.2 NVMe RAID0 speeds

Allyn Malventano has an amazing way of doing things with storage, then he has a new way. All good. Very good. Check out this page of this recent comprehensive article: Triple M.2 Samsung 950 Pro Z170 PCIe NVMe RAID Tested - Why So Snappy? where he gets into why he came up with a new Latency…

Mar 9 2016

Supermicro's beloved iKVM Console Redirection is dumping problem-ridden Java for HTML5, yay!

Updates to this article added below. People love their remote admin, especially in lights-out datacenters and discreet home labs. Tucking a server away, without needing a locally attached keyboard/video/mouse ever, is a great advantage from a noise and heat perspective. Since you can mount ISO…

Mar 8 2016