The VeeamON 2017 Experience

This article is a work in progress, more photos and a story to be published soon. Had a great time at VeeamON 2017 in New Orleans, meeting many virtualization experts and bloggers for the first time. Oh, and I learned stuff too! There were also so many chances to meet so many experts in backup,…

May 26 2017

Open feedback for popular and free Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows 2.0 (RTM Pilot)

Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows - Download, Release Notes, and User Guide. I've been kicking the tires these last few weeks on Veeam's latest free backup offering for physical systems, using a Dell Precision 5510, and my Xeon D SuperServer. It's going quite well, with numerous improvements…

May 13 2017

What Veeam is doing to help protect you from ransomware like WannaCry

Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows Compare Editions, Download, Release Notes, and User Guide. WannaCry Outcry This week ransomware got even nastier, with a new levels of proliferation. Being around a bunch of storage and availability experts this upcoming week at VeeamON is great timing, should…

May 13 2017

VeeamON 2017 has some remarkable technologists, and I'll be there!

See veeam.com/veeamon. I'll be an attendee at VeeamON 2017 in New Orleans this week, with about 2,000 other IT Pros. I'm honored to be going as a Veeam Vanguard, ready to learn, socialize, blog, and enjoy the remarkable keynote speakers: Sanjay Poonen Chief Operating Officer, Customer Operations,…

May 13 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

VMUG Advantage just added the latest NSX 6.3.1 and All Flash vSAN 6.6 bits to EVALExperience, great for vSphere home labs, still just $200 a year!

I've been a big fan of the EVALExperience offering from the good folks at the VMware User Group organization for years. It's just one of the many benefits of subscribing to VMUG Advantage, and is worth far more than the $200 it costs online, or $180 at your friendly neighborhood VMUG UserCon, as…

May 1 2017

Samsung tells M.2 NVMe SSD firmware updaters "Download Limit Exceeded. We apologize for your inconvenience." Seriously?

Trying to go here: www.samsung.com/semiconductor/minisite/ssd/download/tools.html or here: www.samsung.com/semiconductor/minisite/ssd/download/overview.html to get to the direct download URL here: ssd.samsungsemi.com/ecomobile/ssd/update14.do?fname=/Samsung_SSD_960_PRO_2B6QCXP7.iso for the latest…

Apr 27 2017

How to import your VCSA certificate so ALL VMware vSphere browser security warnings go away in Windows 10

You can free up tons of vertical real-estate when doing your day-to-day vSphere sysadmin by hiding the URLs and tabs and dead space in Chrome, see: VMware vSphere Taskbar Shortcuts Unleashed - profile switcher isolated and uncluttered Chrome Browser UIs act like native Windows apps! Mar 27 2017 …

Apr 26 2017

How to fix inaccurate Xeon D Hardware Health sensor readings on VMware ESXi 6.5, since sfcbd CIM service is off by default

Backstory See, everything is very healthy, ESXi 6.0 or 6.5! Back during the early test period of VMware's ESXi 6.5, I had inquired with VMware about a problem I had noticed on my Supermicro SuperServer SYS-5028D-TN4T 8 Core Bundle 2, featuring Xeon D-1541. You see, with 6.0, all VMware GUIs would…

Apr 23 2017

How to easily update your VMware Hypervisor from ESXi 6.5.x to 6.5.0d

VMware ESXI 6.5.0d Release Notes ESXi 6.5.0d | 18 APRIL 2017 | ISO Build 5310538 Warning: vCenter/VCSA 6.5 should be upgraded to 6.5.0d before upgrading your host(s) to ESXi 6.5.0d Build 5310538, see: How to easily update your VMware vCenter Server Appliance from VCSA 6.5 to 6.5.0d Feb 07 2017 I…

Apr 18 2017

How to easily update your VMware vCenter Server Appliance from VCSA 6.5.x to 6.5.0d

VMware vCenter Server 6.5.0d Release Notes vCenter Server Appliance 6.5.0d | 18 APRIL 2017 | ISO Build 5318154 Warning: vCenter/VCSA 6.5 should be upgraded to 6.5.0d (aka 6.5 b) before upgrading your host(s) to ESXi 6.5.0d. There's a huge benefit to 6.5.0d, it introduces vSAN 6.6! See also: vSAN…

Apr 18 2017

vSAN 6.6 arrives, baked right into those VMware vSphere 6.5.0d bits that went GA today!

Just 6 months after vSAN 6.5! VMware vSAN 6.6 Release Notes VMware vSAN 6.6 | 18 April 2017 | ISO Build 5310538 Check for additions and updates to these release notes. This vSAN release is a big deal, with so many improvements. Behind the scenes, I've been working on NVMe pass through ideas for…

Apr 18 2017

"SuperMicro vs Intel NUC" by Tai Ratcliff, featuring Xeon D inside!

The more of us out there using ESXi 6.5 on Xeon D, the better! See also William Lam's Project USB to SDDC – Part 1 and Part 2. Xeon D's M.2 NVMe, IPMI, 4 NICs (2 of them 10GbE!), and 128GB of RAM certainly makes for some interesting possibilities. More of my thoughts to be added right to this…

Apr 15 2017

"Project USB to SDDC" by William Lam, featuring Xeon D inside!

The more of us out there using ESXi 6.5 on Xeon D, the better! Recently, there have been some more virtualization enthusiasts writing up their positive experiences with Xeon D. William Lam mentioned Xeon D back in Febuary, and Tai Ratcliff's had a recent look at SuperMicro vs Intel NUC. Xeon D's…

Apr 15 2017

AMD Ryzen's VMware ESXi 6.5 PSOD workaround is to slow system by 30%, currently not a compelling Intel Xeon D alternative

AMD's recent release of an entirely new CPU family that claims to be a true Intel competitor is big news. It's been many years since we've had a splash from AMD, which is part of why there's been considerable excitement about AMD Ryzen™ and The "Zen" Core Architecture built with AMD…

Apr 10 2017

How to easily update your VMware Hypervisor from ESXi 6.5 to 6.5.0a Build 5224934 Advisory ID VMSA-2017-0006 - Critical Severity

Let's keep this recent story in perspective, some excerpts below, but you should read the whole article: The Security Landscape: Pwn2Own 2017 ...two teams succeeded in demonstrating arbitrary host code execution on VMware Workstation. Today, VMware is releasing updated versions of VMware vSphere…

Mar 31 2017

NAKIVO Backup & Replication v7 released with full VMware vSphere 6.5 support

Mar 29 2017 Update - New full install/configure demo video! Those backup speeds for handling a Windows 10 Creators Update full VM backup [35GB VMDK] are pretty incredible. The VM and the backup repository are located on an M.2 NVMe SSD. Recall that VMware vSphere 6.5 was announced on Oct 18, but…

Mar 28 2017

VMware vSphere Taskbar Shortcuts Unleashed - profile switcher isolated and uncluttered Chrome Browser UIs act like native Windows apps!

It's no secret that VMware is moving away from the Windows/C#-based vSphere Client and the Adobe Flash-based vSphere Web Client over to an HTML5/JavaScript combo that is far faster, and much more universal. These web UIs arrived in the form of the VMware Host Client (source) that's baked right in…

Mar 27 2017

Intel Optane SSD DC P4800X Series can be ultra fast vSAN cache, storage, or RHEL/SLES 8x memory extender using Intel Memory Drive Technology

Image from "Applying Intel® Optane™ SSDs to MySQL- Part 1: Fast Storage" by Ken LeTourneau at Intel. Allyn Malventano discusses 3D XPoint technology and Optane implementation on PC Perspective podcast 442, Mar. 23 2017. Last week was big for journalists, attending Intel's closed…

Mar 21 2017

How to easily update your VMware vCenter Server Appliance from VCSA 6.5.x to 6.5.0b

VMware vCenter Server 6.5.0b Release Notes | 14 MARCH 2017 | ISO Build 5178943 Warning: vCenter/VCSA 6.5 should be upgraded to 6.5.0b (aka 6.5 b) before upgrading your host(s) to ESXi 6.5.0a, which is still the latest ESXi version by the way. There's a nice benefit to 6.5.0b, see also the closely…

Mar 15 2017

Notes from MWhite - another great newsletter for IT Pros

Veeam certainly seems to be very good at attracting talent with a penchant for highly valuable newsletters. You may recall my piece about the always-amazing Anton Gostev: There's one weekly newsletter that any VMware or Hyper-V professional will enjoy, already has 35,218 subscribers Oct 13 2015 …

Mar 4 2017

"HomeLab: SUPERMICRO 5028D-TN4T Review" by Chestin Hay at Let’s v4Real

It's a nice thing, when one of the many of SuperServer owners take a chunk of their time to share their experience buying a TinkerTry'd Bundle from Wiredzone, ready for virtualization. It's really a Xeon D success story, with 8 cores and 128GB of RAM, able to handle a lot of VMs. Chestin includes a…

Feb 18 2017

NAKIVO Backup & Replication v7 Beta offers full vSphere 6.5 support

Recall that VMware vSphere 6.5 was announced on Oct 18, but released on Nov 15, 2016. By November 30th, NAKIVO let us know their stance on support for 6.5: Full vSphere 6.5 support will be available in Q1 2017, however, we may have some limited support till the end of this year. information that I…

Feb 7 2017

How to easily update your VMware vCenter Server Appliance from VCSA 6.5 to 6.5.0a

VMware Release Notes for vCenter Server Appliance 6.5.0a | 02 FEB 2017 | Build 4944578 Warning: vCenter/VCSA 6.5 should be upgraded to 6.5.0a before upgrading your host(s) to ESXi 6.5.0a! Once in a while, things are easy. One of the selling points of making the big move from vCenter+Windows to…

Feb 7 2017