Apple iPhone X Accessories that feature Bluetooth, Qi Wireless Charging, and/or Lightning connectors for podcast enjoyment anywhere

Show Off the Inside of Your iPhone X with These Wallpapers Credit for the above iPhone X-ray image with Qi charging coil goes to iFixit, and it's available for download in full-resolution for use as lock screen wallpaper! Disclosure: This article contains affiliate links, details in the Affiliate…

Jan 16 2018

How to easily update your VMware Hypervisor from 6.x to 6.5 Update 1 Patch Release ESXi650-201801001 (ESXi Build 7388607) for Meltdown/Spectre remediation (patch has been pulled)

Jan 14 2018 Update - This patch has been pulled, details will be added here. The comment above is still relevant, as I'm admittedly this is just one more-universal way to upgrade ESXi, avoiding the need to download the ISO separately. Booting from a new ISO has the advantage of checking for CPU…

Jan 13 2018

How to easily update your VMware vCenter Server Appliance from 6.5.x to 6.5 Update 1e (VCSA 6.5 U1e) for Meltdown/Spectre remediation

Meltdown and Spectre loom large this year, and this article is in direct response to all that, see also at TinkerTry Meltdown and Spectre side-channel attack risk mitigation information from processor, server, and software vendors Google Project Zero (Spectre and Meltdown) patch and flash info for…

Jan 13 2018

Meltdown and Spectre side-channel attack risk mitigation information from processor, server, and software vendors

This story continues to develop. Please expect that the information in the article below may be updated at any time, especially these first few days. Consider revisiting and refreshing. Disclosure: I'm a vSAN Systems Engineer, but this article isn't official VMware documentation. Please refer to…

Jan 10 2018

Google Project Zero (Spectre and Meltdown) patch and flash info for VMware vSphere (ESXi/VCSA) on Intel Xeon D Supermicro SuperServers

This story continues to develop. Please expect that the information in the article below may be updated at any time, especially these first few days. I suggest that you to revisit and refresh. For example, it appears that No image profile found with name 'ESXi-6.5.0-20180104001-standard' has been…

Jan 9 2018

Featured on "Home Gadget Geeks" Episode #340 "Paul Braren and Vintage Tech, 70s thru 90s Head Phones, Cell Phones, Camcorders and Video Games – HGG340"

"Home Gadget Geeks" available in 5 color choices and 3 sizes at Amazon. Alternative title: "Paul Braren's nostalgic look back at PC, audio, video, PC, and phone tech from the 1970s to 2000s, including the ThinkPad 701c Butterfly with an expanding keyboard" The below article…

Jan 7 2018

Temporary workaround to recover from intermittent Intel X552/X557 10GbE network outages on 12 and 16 core Xeon D, hoping for a public firmware update fix

If you really want to skip the interesting backstory, jump right down to the symptom, the workaround, and the proposed fix. This issue does not affect popular Xeon D systems with 8 or fewer cores. Backstory Yeah, it's a bit long, and somewhat complicated. At least I know it will feel good when this…

Dec 26 2017

How to easily update your VMware Hypervisor from 6.x to 6.5 Update 1 Patch 02 (ESXi Build 7388607)

The comment above is still relevant, as I'm admittedly this is just one more-universal way to upgrade ESXi, avoiding the need to download the ISO separately. All upgrades come with risks, including the possibility of losing your network connections. Proceed at your own risk, and always back up…

Dec 23 2017

How to easily update your VMware vCenter Server Appliance from 6.5.x to 6.5 Update 1d (VCSA 6.5 U1d)

It's that time of year when IT Pros lucky enough to have a few days off upgrade their home labs. This VMware update arrives just in time for the holidays, and this article gets you ready to start 2018 off right! VMware vCenter Server Appliance Read the Release Notes. The simple update method that…

Dec 23 2017

Non-UniFi EdgeMax EdgeRouters can be managed with Ubiquiti Network Management System (UNMS) free beta

Here's Ubiquity's announcement: Introducing UNMS (beta) Ubiquiti Network Management System We invite you to use our new free Ubiquiti Network Management System. You can simply configure, monitor, upgrade, and back up your UBNT devices. Add your routers and switches. You can include your wireless…

Dec 9 2017

NAKIVO Backup & Replication v7.3 released with faster backup speeds for deduplication appliances

click to view "What's New in v7.3" Full NAKIVO v7 install/configure demo video below is available, using my home lab's vSphere 6.5 environment! I haven't had a chance to test v7.3 yet, as it just came out today, and I haven't gotten my hands on the NFR version yet. The trial version is…

Nov 28 2017

Many Intel CPUs contain Management Engine vulnerability to remote execution, here's sample outputs of the new INTEL-SA-00086 Detection Tool

You may have read about the Intel Management Engine Flaw, earlier this year, along with yesterday and today's wave of new articles about an Intel portable tool to check if your Windows or Linux system is vulnerable, with a step-by-step look below. You can read up on the Intel Management Engine in…

Nov 22 2017

Quad9 is a good Google Public DNS alternative with DNSSEC, better privacy, and faster DNS Benchmark speeds

"How DNS Works" published at "Quad9 DNS" on Nov 15, 2017. There's a new DNS on this planet's interwebs, see the big announcement made yesterday over at IBM: IBM, Packet Clearing House and Global Cyber Alliance Collaborate to Protect Businesses and Consumers from Internet Threats New Quad9 DNS…

Nov 17 2017

Intel announcements include details about benchmarking Optane P4800X in VMware ESXi, new 750GB capacity, and 3D XPoint fab expansion

There are three recent Intel announcements that are quite interesting. The first is about 4 recent detailed technical publications, the second is about a maximum Optane capacity doubling, and the third is about a new 3D XPoint fab, in collaboration with Micron. Of most interest to me personally is…

Nov 13 2017

Intel released Intel Xeon D 10GbE X552/X557 driver version 4.5.3 today for VMware ESXi, testing underway

I'm in the middle of testing this driver. Keep an eye on the process at this spot in the original article: How to download and install the Intel Xeon D 10GbE X552/X557 driver/VIB for VMware ESXi 6.x, works for X540 too Nov 02 2015 that has been updated many times since it was initially published.…

Oct 31 2017

How to check network driver and NIC firmware details in VMware ESXi

When working on my recent article, How to check that your TCP Segmentation Offload is turned on in both your VMware ESXi server and your VMs I quickly discovered that there seemed to be some shortcomings when checking the device driver versions for some network adapters, such as those that are…

Oct 31 2017

If you'd like to get your mitts on the next vSphere bits, take 2 minutes to join the VMware vSphere Beta program

Photo of my actual "Bug Hunt Winner" certificate, mailed to me back in 2014. I don't usually cover news on TinkerTry, but this time the news is big enough for home virtualization lab enthusiasts that I just had to be sure you saw this. Did you know that VMware has opened up the beta…

Oct 31 2017

Intel Optane SSD 900P Series is the latest in 3D XPoint NVMe hotness but it is not ideal for most home virtualization lab enthusiasts

Disclosure: The U.2 version of the 900P 280GB was the only model available anywhere, so I purchased one to test. Intel later provided me a loaner AIC version of the 900P as well, in the 280GB capacity. There were no stipulations, I continue to candidly share my experiences. Unfortnately, things did…

Oct 31 2017

How to check that your TCP Segmentation Offload is turned on in both your VMware ESXi server and your VM

Available on Amazon in Kindle and Paperback. It's likely you've heard many folks rave about Frank Denneman and Niels Hagoort's VMware vSphere 6.5 Host Resources Deep Dive book (on Amazon in Kindle and Paperback). I can only imagine the amount of time and dedication it took for them to get this…

Oct 29 2017

It's Bugtober, with Adobe Flash crashes, numerous CVE vulnerability patches for Wi-Fi and routers, and an Intel SPI vulnerability patch for most Xeon D Supermicro SuperServers

Sometimes a home lab can be kept operational for months with minimal maintenance. This month, many things happened that required more immediate attention. Maybe this month should have been called Bugtober instead of Blogtober, and it ain't even over yet! None of these took terribly long to fix, but…

Oct 24 2017

Supermicro Xeon D SuperServer BIOS 1.2c / IPMI 3.58 released

The only change in this release is "Added patch for Intel SPI vulnerability," seen in the release notes, not to be confused with Intel® AMT Critical Firmware Vulnerability. Supermicro has confirmed to me that 1.2c is their Xeon D fix for CVE-2017-5701. Initial testing of BIOS 1.2c has…

Oct 21 2017

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update introduces GPU monitoring features built right into Task Manager

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, Version 1709 Build 16299 If you already: have a laptop or desktop PC with a WDDMv2 driver upgraded to Windows 10 Fall Creators Update using the Microsoft Update now or Download tool now buttons, or just using Windows Update (mine came flying down at 350Mbps!) then…

Oct 20 2017

VMUG Advantage EVALExperience includes latest VMware vRealize Log Insight 4.5 syslog server appliance for easy vSphere, vSAN, IoT, and networking gear log file analysis

Main Dashboard looks pretty cool, click the image to zoom in and have a look around. Boo hoo, my 10GbE network falls to 1GbE and can't get up I was working with Netgear ProSUPPORT Services for Business Users on an issue I was having with one of my 2 Xeon D SuperServers this past summer.…

Oct 16 2017

Road-warrior productivity boosted by ASUS ZenScreen MB16AC secondary travel display that connects to Mac or PC with just one USB-C or USB 3.0 cable

ASUS ZenScreen MB16AC 15.6-Inch Full HD IPS Monitor is available on Amazon, B&H, and Newegg. This is not a paid promotion. This monitor was purchased bought online and used regularly for 6 weeks prior to publishing this article. When I took on a new job earlier this year, I knew full well that…

Oct 14 2017