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

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

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

Supermicro Xeon D SuperServer BIOS 1.2b / IPMI 3.58 released

Looking to ignore release notes and disclaimers/warnings to get right to the downloads and detailed upgrade procedures? There's no big fix or issue we're trying to resolve here, but if you're still in a hurry to try anyway, jump below. Here's the current Supermicro Xeon D-1500 systems with X10SDV…

Sep 11 2017

Supermicro Xeon D SuperServer BIOS 1.2a / IPMI 3.58 released

Looking to ignore release notes and disclaimers/warnings to get right to the downloads and detailed upgrade procedures, even though I haven't tested them yet? There's no big fix or issue we're trying to resolve here, but if you're still in a hurry to try anyway, jump below. Here's the current…

Jul 26 2017

Intel Xeon Scalable Processors (Purley) Unveiled - Intel and VMware touting roughly 2.5x the performance and 4x as many VMs versus the Xeon of 4 years ago

Today was a big announcement day for both Intel and VMware. But before I leave you wondering any longer, yes, those big claims assume Intel Optane / 3D XPoint Inside. VMware Video First up, we have The VMware Storage YouTube Channel posting this short video by Lee Caswell, VMware VP of Products,…

Jul 11 2017

Intel Xeon D is a rather versatile platform, have a look!

In case you were wondering who makes Intel Xeon D based systems, wonder no more! Supermicro still has the most SKUs, but wow, what a diverse product line has sprung up in the roughly 15 months since the 4 to 16 core Xeon D variants began to ship in volume, joining the original 8 core Xeon D-1540.…

Jun 4 2017

May 2017 CPU Announcements - Intel Xeon Processor Scalable family and AMD EPYC for Datacenters, Intel 8th Gen Core i9 and AMD Ryzen Threadripper for Desktops

Throughout the month of May 2017, there were a lot of processor announcements from both Intel and AMD. This competition heating up is likely to help bring the cost down, as explained here and here, a good thing. But so far, Intel's response to increased pressure from AMD seems a bit messy.…

Jun 3 2017

New Supermicro BIOS 1.2 and (under validation) IPMI 3.52 for Xeon D SuperServers released Spring 2017

Looking to ignore release notes and disclaimers/warnings to get right to the downloads and detailed upgrade procedures? Jump below. I've now TinkerTry'd both of these releases. Preliminary, they seem to work well with my ESXi 6.5.0d, and my Samsung 960 EVO M.2 NVMe 1TB and Samsung 960 PRO M.2 NVMe…

May 2 2017

How to remap F2 in Supermicro iKVM Remote Console to get to VMware ESXi "Customize System/View Logs"

The Java-based iKVM is not long for this world. The remaining IPMI bugs, along with many Supermicro owners not able to upgrade to IPMI 3.3.x or later, mean that not everybody is able to move to HTML5, see also my recent: How to map a network share to boot from ISO, moving Supermicro Java iKVM to…

Nov 25 2016

How to map a network share to boot from ISO, moving Supermicro Java iKVM to browser-only HTML5 iKVM

This is one of those simple tips that I think Supermicro SuperServer owners will really appreciate. You will need to have a Supermicro system / X10SDV motherboard that is capable of running IPMI 3.3.x, or later. This includes all Xeon D systems that Supermicro makes, which are now at 3.46. If…

Nov 22 2016

Supermicro SuperServer Xeon D / X10SDV IPMI Release Notes Changelog

Looking for just the latest release notes? Jump below. Looking for the October 2016 IPMI 3.46 release, still the currently support release? Jump over to this detailed article. Looking for the March 2017 IPMI 3.52 release? Jump to this detailed article. Looking for the June 2017 IPMI 3.58 release? I…

Nov 7 2016

Supermicro SuperServer Xeon D / X10SDV BIOS Release Notes Changelog

Looking for just the latest release notes? Jump below. Looking for the BIOS 1.2c release? Jump to this detailed article. What does BIOS stand for? Basic Input/Output System, see Wikipedia: The BIOS (/ˈbaɪ.ɒs/, an acronym for Basic Input/Output System and also known as the System BIOS, ROM BIOS…

Nov 7 2016

New Supermicro BIOS 1.1c and IPMI 3.46 for Xeon D SuperServers features HTML5 iKVM

Looking to ignore release notes and disclaimers/warnings to get right to the downloads? Jump below. See also video demonstrating of how HTML5/iKVM lets you dump Java, if you can get around the known IPMI 3.46 issues. Here's the current Supermicro Xeon D-1500 systems with X10SDV motherboards, in…

Nov 4 2016

Bug in some Intel Broadwell CPUs (Xeon D-1500 and Xeon E5/E7 v4) can result in VMware ESXi 5.5/6.0 PSODs, VMware KB 2146388 explains BIOS fix needed (FIX released Sep 14 2016)

Oct 17 2016 Update - BIOS 1.1c has been released to address this issue, details below. Jan 27 2017 Update - With months gone by and zero new reports of this PSOD on X10SDV (Mini-ITX) Xeon D, it seems safe to assume the fix resolved the intermittent/rare issue, one that I never personally…

Sep 9 2016

Upgrade Supermicro Xeon D-1540/1541 from BIOS 1.0b/1.0c to 1.1 for identical features, including SR-IOV for 10GbE!

Download ONLY if you have a SYS-5028D-TN4T with the standard X10SDV-TLN4F motherboard, click the image, select "BIOS" then download. Get the new BIOS 1.1 download X10SDVF6_302.zip Build your DOS bootable USB flash drive I have good news. I've been testing the latest BIOS 1.1 from…

Mar 12 2016

CPU and chassis fan replacements attempt to reduce Supermicro SYS-5028D-TN4T mini-tower's already low noise levels while increasing M.2 NVMe SSD cooling

I now have measurements of watt burn and dB levels for each of the SuperServer Xeon D form factors, seen near in TinkerTry's exclusive comparison table. The mini-tower is still by far the quietest and most versatile. The faster and cheaper Samsung 960 M.2 NVMe drives run cooler than the 950 PRO, so…

Mar 4 2016

Intel Xeon D-1540/1541 HWiNFO64 and power usage comparisons

Just a quick update to the original article back on February 7 2016: First look at the new Intel Xeon D-1541 Supermicro SuperServer SYS-5028D-TN4T since a number of questions have come up about the CPU and the multiplier. While this Xeon D-1541 loaner is a pre-release BIOS on a pre-release Rev.…

Feb 21 2016

Xeon D-1587/1581/1577/1571 16 Core CPU full specs found at Intel ARK, 12 Core 1567 looks the most interesting

It began with my article two days ago: Intel Xeon D-1500 full specs for new 8/12/16 core models now available at Supermicro, good fit for home labs? where I had this little pre-formed search link for you, All Intel® Xeon® Processor D-15xx models but the results didn't show any of the new 12…

Feb 19 2016

Intel Xeon D-1500 full specs for new 8/12/16 core models now available at Supermicro, good fit for home labs?

Hats off to Patrick Kennedy, for not only having the very latest gear straight from Intel, and for getting such comprehensive benchmarks out so quickly, with many more such tests to come. As always, great information over at his STH (ServeTheHome): Intel Xeon D 12 and 16 core parts launched –…

Feb 17 2016

Intel Xeon D-1540 gets 5% speed bump as D-1541 with SR-IOV in a Supermicro SuperServer Feb. 2016, comparison with Core i7 6700K (Skylake), should I wait?

Jan 08 2016 Update - New Xeon D Product Line-up info now available below, and in Patrick Kennedy's wonderful article, New Supermicro Intel Xeon D Motherboards – Even with 12 and 16 core chips!. It's that time of year, when many an IT pro or PC enthusiast huddles up in their home labs and prepare…

Dec 15 2015

Intel grows the Xeon D Platform, with 8 new Xeon D CPUs announced today, and 16 core version arriving in Q1 2016

Nov 10 2015 Update #1 - Supermicro has already updated some of their product pages, with apparently no changes to SKUs or part #s or components, details below. Nov 10 2015 Update #2 - ServeTheHome has now published SR-IOV details at THE BROADWELL-DE INTEL XEON D-1500 SERIES AND SR-IOV. More…

Nov 9 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 29 2015