Vote by May 31st for which Supermicro SuperServer Xeon D-1500 bundle you'd like to see, Amazing, Insane, or Ludicrous?

Vote to tell Supermicro which motherboard you'd like to see inside this versatile mini-tower chassis! Vote now! bit.ly/whichxeond Below, you'll find a copy of the above voting page, takes seconds to actually cast your vote, no login required! If you read the articles), Order a TinkerTry'd…

May 27 2016

New Intel 6th generation Core i7 NUC, Skull Canyon, doesn't currently run ESXi 6.0 - Fixed!

May 24 Update - this issue has apparently been figured out already! See BIOS settings and details in Erik Bussink's post. Basically, disable Thunderbolt in the BIOS for the ESXi install, then re-enable afterward, see details. Original article appears below. Back on May 17, I published the article:…

May 22 2016

Nice Canadian gives tour of world's first 16 core Intel Xeon D-1587 Supermicro SuperServer Mini-Tower

This article will be updated, with additions below this original article, where you'll also find the new video, and a chance to cast your vote for your favorite Xeon D-1500 system: Amazing, Insane, or Ludicrous, what'll it be? Please also consider voting for your favorite virtualization sites. To…

May 18 2016

VMware announced there's no vSphere Client for Windows for the next vSphere release, HTML5 web UIs are the future, forcing us to suffer vSphere Web Client during this transition

With today's announcement (excerpt seen above): Goodbye vSphere Client for Windows (C#) – Hello HTML5 May 18 2016 by Dennis Lu at VMware Blogs any uncertainty about where VMware is headed for this next release of VMware vSphere is gone. Don't forget that the beta testing that's underway was done r…

May 18 2016

Smart doorbell owner heard audio from other house thanks to a weird bug

It's been a bit of a rough week for IoT. On a recent Home Gadget Geeks podcast, I was lamenting the fact that home WiFi routers don't yet have a way to isolate all your cloud connected IoT gear off onto their own subnet, since such consumer tech tends to eventually succumb to various firmware…

May 14 2016

SR-IOV works with VMware ESXi 6 and Xeon D-1540/1541, but Supermicro implies it's only supported with 1541

Just a quick update about SR-IOV support today. On Sunday, May 8th, Supermicro quietly made some updates to the Supermicro SuperServer SYS-5028D-TN4T Product Page, specifically, the Key Features section: Key Features • Space-efficient, compact design • Network Security Appliance • Cloud and Virtu…

May 11 2016

Featured on "Home Gadget Geeks" Episode #259 "Paul Braren, Hands on with the Ring Pro and Echo Star Wars Day – HGG259"

Always an honor to join Jim on the air! When recording this on a very special May 5, 2016, also known as: Cinco de Mayo Revenge of the Fifth World Password Day 2016 I had a lot of topics on my mind, and Jim graciously gave me great freedom to roam off topic constantly. When Jim's good podcaster…

May 8 2016

Voting now open for Top vBlog 2016

It's that time of year again, when Eric Siebert of vSphere-land starts the process of updating his famous vLaunchPad with all top 300 virtualization blogs. He even carefully includes those handy Twitter and RSS feeds. You decide which blog appears get upvoted, moving on over to the left, into that…

May 4 2016

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. Firmware 1.0.50 that arrived on May 6th does seem to resolve the issues I was having. Finally, as of May 26th, The Pro is finally available at Amazon, along with some local stores and online: Amazon - Rinic|#Ring…

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