Featured on "Home Gadget Geeks" Episode #211 "TinkertryIT@Home Founder Paul Braren on VMware 6 and Virtualization Options – HGG211"

Always an honor to join Jim on the air, getting to use my new mic for the first time. turns out this podcast might also get rebroadcast on AM radio in West Virginia. Now that's a first for me! Despite my temporary, less-than-optimal Tucson AZ hotel "studio" with efficient lighting and a…

Apr 25th, 2015

NVMe uses PCI Express to finally unleash the true power of NAND flash memory

Above image courtesy of Samsung's SATA to PCIe article, excerpt here: When the 8 channels in typical applications are multiplied by the 400 MB/s transfer rate spanning multiple NAND Flash memories, the result is a 3.2 GB/s data transfer speed. This transfer rate is out of range for SATA to…

Apr 22nd, 2015

Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE works well with Windows 10 (beta) already, here's how

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 over a decade now, in my home the family's PCs tend to be at the very latest OS level, usually a month or…

Apr 16th, 2015

Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE has been released, extensive testing going well

Please note what been in TinkerTry's tagline, since January 2013: TinkerTry IT @ home Efficient virtualization, storage, backup, and more... So it's rather theme-appropriate for me to be happy to share that Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE is now generally available, download…

Apr 14th, 2015

Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE release is in April 2015

I've been waiting for the release of Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE for around 7 months now. It all started with this October 2014 post by Mike Resseler, Product Strategy Specialist for Veeam: Announcing: Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE Here's an excerpt: Does free mean no support? Veeam Endpoint Backup…

Apr 13th, 2015

Intel 750 Series SSDs combine PCIe with NVMe (Non-Volatile Memory Express), blowing SATA speeds away

This is the inevitable migration of enterprise-class hardware, right into the home lab enthusiast's server, including virtualization. These new form factors really have me thinking that pricey RAID adapters used to lump a bunch of SSDs together should be in our rear view mirror soon. The tiny…

Apr 4th, 2015

Hydra Multi OS Gaming Console and Controller

Over the years, I've had many inquiries at TinkerTry about the use of GPUs in virtualization, with ways to get a single CPU to have multiple gaming "heads," using the ESXi hypervisor. These Disqus comments date back to 2011, when I had discovered that ASRock and MSI worked with VT-d pass…

Apr 4th, 2015

Mastering VMware vSphere 6

Today, on this gloriously sunny Saturday morning, the mailman rang my doorbell, alerting me to the arrival of yet another box from Amazon. My wife asked what it was, and I answered: an Amazon box. Quickly realizing that wasn't a great answer, I opened it. Outside of academic journals, and a…

Apr 4th, 2015

How to download Windows 10 Technical Preview ISO Build 10041 quickly and easily

Microsoft has been moving things along lately, while moving the URL around a bit too. Having that big honkin' ISO handy is really the way to go for: virtual machine installations (ESXi 6.0 supports this VM type just fine, it's even called Windows 10 in the drop down menu) create an installer on a…

Mar 27th, 2015

NAKIVO Backup & Replication 5.5 released, NFR available to VCP and vExperts through Mar 31 2015

below As you may recall, I've been trying out various backup solutions suitable for the home lab virtualization enthusiast, see also: Superguide: Home virtualization lab backup software, some special deals for VMware VCPs and vExperts. This week, a big release for NAKIVO, even though they make no…

Mar 19th, 2015

VMware vSphere 6.0 lets you to use vSphere Client to log into both ESXi and vCenter

For folks doing vSphere 6.0 beta testing, it’s no secret that this wasn’t even possible, to use vSphere Client to log in to your vCenter. Now that vSphere 6.0 is here, VMware has relented a bit on the speed at which they’re urging us all to move away from the snappy (C#) Windows-based VMware vSphe…

Mar 17th, 2015

Build your own VMware vSphere 6.0 Datacenter with ESXi and vCSA

This article is subject to frequently change throughout early 2015, so please revisit and refresh with Ctrl+F5. A new video has now been recorded on April 19th, but needs editing down to about an hour of step-by-step, and will be geared more toward those who want nice hostnames in a home lab.…

Mar 15th, 2015

VMware vSphere 6.0 Documentation Center and Release Notes are now online, read all about it!

Release Notes - they're here! vmware.com/support/vsphere6/doc/vsphere-esx-vcenter-server-60-release-notes.html VMware vSphere 6.0 Release Notes ESXi 6.0 | 12 MARCH 2015 | ISO Build 2494585 vCenter Server 6.0 | 12 MARCH 2015 | ISO Build 2503528 vCenter Server Appliance 6.0 | 12 MARCH 2015 | Build…

Mar 12th, 2015

VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V6] [257305] is available for sign-up, 5 Day Classroom, Live Online, or vFlex-ILT

It's early days for planning education, given vSphere 6 just arrived today. My own VCP5-DCV expires this July, 2015, so I'll want to take an update exam before then, to avoid having to take the fullEDU_DATASHEETvSphereInstallConfigureManage V6_BETA39.pdfVCP6-DCV preparation class. Folks with a …

Mar 12th, 2015

VMware vSphere 6.0 is now generally available, here’s how to download it fast

This article will likely be refreshed throughout Mar 12 2015, so come back and revisit, then hit Ctrl+F5 to refresh, thanks! Here’s my working vSphere 6.0 home lab, with nice FQDN names, full video of method is coming to TinkerTry soon! Abbreviated version The day has arrived, awesome! Your chance to…

Mar 12th, 2015

RVTools 3.6 works with VMware vSphere 6.0

Download RVTools from robware.net More than 400,000 copies downloaded! This application supports ESX Server 3.5, VirtualCenter 2.5, ESX Server 3i, ESX Server 4i, VirtualCenter 4.x, ESX 4.x, VirtualCenter 5.0, VirtualCenter Appliance, ESX 5.0, VirtualCenter 5.1, ESX 5.1, VirtualCenter 5.5 and ESX …

Mar 11th, 2015

Apple and home labs - Because you know it's all about that USB-C, 'Bout that USB-C, no Lightning

Looking ahead to vSphere 6.0 and the new hardware that's arriving in 2015, and one can't help but notice the times they are a-changin'. Motherboards with CPUs soldered right on there. Compact sizes. Less vampire drain from electronic components you no longer need, like serial ports, floppy …

Mar 10th, 2015

Intel Xeon D-1500 crams incredible virtualization lab specs into tiny mITX size, codename Broadwell-DE

Mar 11 Update - please revisit this page and press Ctrl+F5 to refresh, since many additions are being made frequently below this original article. Broadwell-DE Xeon D-1540 advanced CPU features table As I mentioned recently, the venerable Intel I-350 gigabit NIC works nicely with ESXi 6.0, and will…

Mar 9th, 2015

VMware vCSA 6.0 has a new Direct Console User Interface, and the web UI through port 5480 is gone

If you're familiar with setting up and configuring vCSA (vCenter Server Appliance) over the web interface back in the 5.1 and 5.5 days: https://vcenter.lab.local:5480 that UI option to configure your appliance is gone. Most of that configuration leg-work is now done up front, before the OVA is…

Mar 8th, 2015

Little secret those new to virtualization often miss - ESXi 6.0 continues to be mostly headless, just as it was for all prior VMware hypervisor releases

There is no local GUI. So there is no local keyboard/video/mouse access to Windows, Linux, or any other VMs. There are no add-ons that'll give ESXi such abilities. That's all done from other systems on the same network, using vSphere Client, vSphere Web Client, VMware Workstation, or VRMC. Yes, …

Mar 7th, 2015