Help shape VMworld 2015 by casting your votes for presentation ideas by May 26th

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 will be 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

Veeam Backup & Replication 8.0 Update 2 is now vSphere 6 compatible, and Veeam FastSCP for Microsoft Azure is released

If you've followed TinkerTry for a while, you'll know I've been taking a look at Veeam, NAKIVO, and many other backup and recovery solutions suitable for home virtualization labs. See also my December 10, 2014 post Free NFR of Veeam Availability Suite v8 with Backup & Replication for VCPs,…

May 5th, 2015

Elon Musk's Powerwall, time-shifting the energy from that handy fusion reactor in the sky

I don't generally report news. But I do like to discuss topics IT-related topics that potentially impact our environment. Working in IT, I've seen my share of diesel generators and lead acid battery rooms. I've also weathered week-long power outages at home, spurring me to get a generator. Coupled…

May 4th, 2015

Turning on Lenovo BIOS Hard Drive Password can cause Windows 8.1 DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE BSOD

Wouldn't it be nice to have everything on my SSD encrypted, without the overhead of encryption software like Microsoft Bitlocker, Symantec Encryption Desktop, or TrueCrypt? Turning on hard drive password protection on my Lenovo W520 seemed like a good idea. It worked pretty well with my Samsung 840…

May 1st, 2015

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

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

This article is subject to frequently change throughout early 2015, so please revisit and refresh with Ctrl+F5. UPDATED May 8 2015, the detailed video is finally here, with very handy chapter markers below! This new video was recorded on April 19th, and was edited down to about 1 hour 20 minutes.…

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