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 at fave.co/1dpRUvQ 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…

Jul 1st, 2015

Installing Windows 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 Preview Build 10159. It's highly likely that all the steps I show will be identical in the generally available of…

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

Supermicro SuperServer mini-tower ordered with 64GB of memory for $1900, the ultimate home virtualization lab?

My Supermicro SuperServer 5028D-TN4T is now on order, see status updates below. JUN 30 2015 Update - New "deep dive inside" 38 minute video now available. Back in 2013, we broke past the 32GB RAM restrictions for VMware ESXi 5.5, even the free version. But the hardware costs of getting a…

Jun 23rd, 2015

My experience at the Boston VMUG USERCON June 18 2015

Many folks in the New England / New York City area have met me these past few years, as I enjoy learning new things at various user groups for IT Professionals. I missed last year's Boston VMUG, but 2015 was bigger than what I recall from 2013, with many home lab give-aways and some friendly…

Jun 19th, 2015

How to securely erase hard drives (HDDs) and solid state drives (SSDs)

It's spring cleaning time! I was Googling around today for the latest on drive erasure techniques, and was pleasantly surprised to spot this detailed article: ZDNet How to securely erase hard drives (HDDs) and solid state drives (SSDs) Thank you, Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, for kindly featuring the…

Jun 11th, 2015

How to update your ESXi 6.0 host the easy way

Great news, this article has already been written by Vladan Seget, it's good to go as-is! How do I know? Because I tested it, updating to ESXi 6.0.0 build 2715440, and recorded each and every step of the process in the short video below. So if you only have a single ESXi 6.0 host to patch,…

Jun 10th, 2015

Using vSphere Web Client to clean up a VMFS datastore that was temporarily extended across 2 drives

If you use thin provisioning in your home lab, it's quite likely you'll accidentally fill one of your drives to 100%, even if you have drive space warnings set. Hitting capacity has the effect of pausing your beloved VMs that use that datastore, forever. Well, at least until you come up with a way…

Jun 10th, 2015

Get those tiny USB flash drives labeled quickly, effectively, and affordably

This is one of those "why didn't I think of this earlier" things. When tinkering with various USB drives I use in my home office, finding labels that can stick to them can be a challenge, especially if I'd rather not obscure the drive's capacity label or activity LED. I'm also not a fan…

Jun 10th, 2015

My Lenovo ThinkPad running Windows 8.1 wouldn't go to sleep, here's how I fixed it

My household has an 8 year old T61P laptop kicking about that's running Windows 8.1 on a Samsung 840 EVO SSD (with RAPID mode enabled). It runs pretty well, even though it's stuck at SATA2 speeds. Tends to play the role of a temporary PC when a laptop has gone out for service. Right after upgrading…

Jun 8th, 2015

TinkerTry.com will be at VMworld 2015, see you there?

Back in April 2015, I had no idea whether my CFP (Call For Papers) submissions would be accepted, or if I'd find a way to get to VMworld to deliver the presentation(s). I applied for a blogger pass on faith, hoping that somehow the stars would align in time. I know, I know, you're not supposed to…

Jun 5th, 2015

How to find and apply your VMUG Advantage EVALExperience 365 day vCSA and ESXi 6.0 license keys

If you have downloaded, installed, and configured your vCSA 6.0 and ESXi 6.0 VMware-VMvisor-Installer-6.0.0-2494585.x86_64.iso VMware-VCSA-all-6.0.0-2562643.iso and now are simply hunting for the keys to activate what you already built, this article is for you! Or maybe you're just getting…

Jun 4th, 2015

My VCP5-DCV is expiring in 30 days, time to study for my VCP6-DCV?

Read details on new VCP6-DCV delta exam here below. Yeah, I saw this coming months ago, and now it's here. Time to cram for the exam. Looking on the bright side, I did manage to get into a recent VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V6] course that given to my colleagues and I. That was a…

Jun 3rd, 2015

Is USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 likely to be in your future virtualization home lab?

There's a lot of reasons you'll want to think about your future home lab. Part of looking ahead means researching evolving standards. Recently, Intel pulled a bit of a surprise on the world. Read all about it in this excellent piece by Sam Byford at The Verge: USB-C has already won: One reversible…

Jun 2nd, 2015

TinkerTry's Fourth Birthday, June 1, 2015

It's become an annual tradition for me to take a moment to look back once a year, before I charge forward, with 578 articles published so far. These past 365 days were good, as were years 3 and 2, but not so much year 1. Those early days were lean days, with very few readers. Glad I stuck with it…

Jun 1st, 2015

Coming up next for June 2015, stay tuned!

There's been a lot happening these past few weeks, and there's a lot of articles that'll be arriving soon, starting in June, including: a June 1st anniversary restrospective, TinkerTry's first 4 years why TinkerTry.com went [SSL/HTTPS/HSTS for all content (hint - speed) why TinkerTry.com enabled…

May 31st, 2015

Help shape VMworld 2015 by casting your votes for presentation ideas by May 26th (or May 27th!)

If you're planning to get to VMworld 2015 this year, please consider checking out the massive list of possible topics that the recent call for papers generated. Take a moment to give a thumbs up for the proposals that appeal to you. Here's VMware's recent blog post about the voting, and here's the…

May 20th, 2015

TinkerTry at Connecticut VMUG USERCON doing a live virtualization lab demo

[pictures of the event now available below] It's an honor to have been invited to present at the Connecticut VMUG UserCon on May 21, 2015. What's extra nifty here is that participating at the demo zone at this UserCon also turned into an offer to record a 14 minute video that will soon be appearing…

May 20th, 2015

Announcing THE video "How to build your awesome virtualization home lab with VMware vSphere 6.0 (ESXi & vCSA)"

While installing and configuring ESXi 6.0 hasn't changed much since 5.5, that vCSA sure as heck has changed a lot. In mostly very good ways, making it a much stronger contender for the enterprise. And a faster performer for the home lab, especially when run off an SSD based local datastore. But…

May 13th, 2015