The Portable Software-Defined Datacenter by Zack Widing, VMware vSAN cluster features 4 Xeon D Supermicro SuperServers

SDDC - Software-Defined Datacenter. Zack Widing, Federal Sr. Systems Engineer at VMware. When the picture above first emerged on Twitter back on December 6th, my reaction was a mix of wonder and joy, with a touch of jelly. This Zack Widing @zCloudtech has taken the Xeon D platform and run with it.…

Dec 23 2016

VMUG Advantage features EVALExperience, now with the latest VMware vSphere 6.5 inside!

I was recently in touch with a VMware contact about the issue with VMUG Advantage's aging code, not offering folks the latest vSphere 6.5 version released on Nov 15, 2016. It appears that problem has now been solved, announced today actually, have a look! Out with the old (now broken) URL: …

Dec 21 2016

The Xeon D Supermicro SuperServer "Bundle 2" of joy, a complete home datacenter virtualization solution that really flies

FlightAware.com composite map, Dec 08 2016. I'm flying with this home datacenter tomorrow, to present at my 14th user group presentation this year. This time, it's to one of the biggest VMware User Groups in the US, over in Minneapolis Minnesota! OK, I'm not actually trying to fly with that UPS…

Dec 7 2016

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

Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 NFR license now available to certified IT Pros, vSphere 6.5 support coming soon

Here's highlights of Veeam's recent announcement that I received from Clint Wyckoff (@ClintWyckoff), Product Strategy Evangelist at Veeam: As you probably know, we’ve recently announced a number of features of Veeam Availability Suite 9.5. Today, I’m happy to announce that version 9.5 is here!…

Nov 22 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

How to easily update your VMware Hypervisor to ESXi 6.5

VMware ESXi 6.5 Release Notes ESXi 6.5 | 15 NOV 2016 | ISO Build 4564106 Warning - vCenter/VCSA 6.x should be upgraded to 6.5 before upgrading your host(s) to ESXi 6.5! All the background story on how this easy ESXCLI upgrade method came about was covered in my earlier article: How to easily…

Nov 20 2016

How to easily update your VMware vCenter Server Appliance to VCSA 6.5

vCenter Server Appliance 6.5 Release Notes 15 NOV 2016 | Build 4602587 Warning - vCenter/VCSA 6.x should be upgraded to 6.5 before upgrading your host(s) to ESXi 6.5! Coming soon The TinkerTry'd method that works reliably in my home lab just isn't ready yet, I'll update this article as time…

Nov 20 2016

VMware ESXi 6.5 runs well on Xeon D Supermicro ServerServers, here's what you need to know

This article is in draft mode, and the information throughout is changing rapidly these first few days. The install of ESXi 6.5 is just as easy as the install of all ESXi 6.0.x versions before it. Given the 7 year product life design of this powerful and efficient Intel SoC (System on a chip)…

Nov 18 2016

VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 6.1.1 works with ESXi 6.5, virtualizing Windows PCs & VMs for free

Last night, I was recording a nifty ESXi 6.5 install video using a Windows 10 system that was running on some older hardware. That was a mistake, it bogged down right when I needed it, live on camera. Oh well, time to migrate this VM to another system as I prepare for round 2, the VCSA install. The…

Nov 16 2016

Easy fix for Supermicro and other Xeon D systems experiencing SATA3/AHCI slowdown on ESXi 6.5

Article is a work in progress, revisit/refresh for updates. So far, I've been unable to replicate his findings on a new ESXi 6.5 install, seeing normal SATA3 speeds. Others in different circumstances may still run into this slowdown, reasons why not known yet. Details of the ongoing investigation…

Nov 16 2016

In VMware vSphere 6.5, missing functions in speedy HTML5 Web UI leaves us saddled with vSphere Web Client (Flash), C# Client still connects to hosts, but not to vSphere

Did you notice what the VMware vSphere 6.5 Release Notes mention, at this spot? Those are the (finalized?) client UI names! Yep, get ready for this: Components of VMware vSphere 6.5, including vCenter Server, ESXi, the vSphere Web Client, the vSphere Client, and the vSphere Host Client do not…

Nov 16 2016

VMware ESXi 6.5 first look at install/config featuring vSphere Host Client HTML5 Web UI

It's here! Finally, those GA bits arrived today, ready for you to download. My original article has now been updated to include the new download links: VMware vSphere 6.5 announced today, here's how to download it fast Oct 18 2016 Today, I decided to record video of my very first install of the…

Nov 15 2016

VMware vSphere 6.5 released!

It's here! Finally, those GA bits arrived today, ready for you to download. My original article has now been updated to include the new download links: VMware vSphere 6.5 announced today, here's how to download it fast Oct 18 2016 When doing both files concurrently, I was able to get about…

Nov 15 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? Jump to this detailed article. What does IPMI stand for? Intelligent Platform Management Interface, see Wikipedia: ... a set of computer interface specifications for an autonomous computer…

Nov 7 2016

Supermicro SuperServer Xeon D / X10SDV BIOS Release Notes Changelog

Looking for just the latest release notes? Jump below. Looking for the October 2016 BIOS 1.1c 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…

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

Supermicro SuperServer SYS-5028D-TN4T 65 watt 12 core Xeon D-1567 uses taller heatsink and larger, slower CPU fan than 8 core 45 watt Xeon D-1541

In the article I recently published: Unboxing and assembly of first Xeon D-1567 Supermicro system, the SYS-5028D-TN4T 12 Core Bundle 2 right there, at 23 minutes and 37 seconds into the video 00:23:37 - new CPU heatsink / fan discovered ...where I notice that the CPU heatsink/fan combination…

Oct 27 2016

Check out "vSphere 6.5 – Everything You Need To Know" by Brian Graf & "Migrate 2 VCSA (you should)" podcast featuring Emad Younis

Brian Graf, VMware Senior Product Manager - HA/DRS You might remember Brian from this wonderful work of art, his extremely detailed technical poster called: PowerCLI 5.8r1 Reference Poster Now Available! You'll also see from following him @vBrianGraf that he's quite the world traveler, and I'm…

Oct 23 2016

How to use Parted Magic's Secure Erase for SSDs, updated for PCIe and M.2 NVMe

Why might you need a fast and easy way to quickly wipe all the data off any brand of SSD including PCIe NVMe and/or M.2 NVMe drives? I covered the SATA version of this back here: How to use Parted Magic's Secure Erase to restore performance of your home lab's abused SSDs This article is just an…

Oct 22 2016

VMware vSphere 6.5 announced today, here's how to download it fast

Nov 15 2016 11:00am ET - Released! Article below updated, and title changed from "VMware vSphere 6.5 announced today, here's how to download it fast, once it becomes available in Q4 2016" to "VMware vSphere 6.5 announced today, here's how to download it fast" Nov 15 2016 09:30am…

Oct 18 2016

NAKIVO Backup & Replication v6.2 released, same easy choice for VM backups, with new AWS EC2 instance support

Nov 29 2016 Critical Update - If you are already using a 6.2 release prior to today, see article updates below for details on the important, just-released Updater that's recommended for all existing v6.2.0 users. Those downloading new aren't affected. I'm so glad to hear NAKIVO Backup &…

Oct 13 2016

Three more chances at seeing a TinkerTry Xeon D SuperServer virtualization demo in 2016, at VMUGs in Vermont, Florida, and Minnesota!

All the details about these 3 remaining demonstrations in 2016 are found here: TinkerTravels 2016 - More than a dozen technical demonstrations at a variety of user groups and conferences where you'll also be able to scroll back and see the 9 other presentations that already happened! Google Maps…

Oct 6 2016

Dave McCabe announced podcast RESET at #BestMeetupEver 2016 where SmartHomeHQ took 360° video of TinkerTry'd SuperServer overview

I already told the story of the trials and tribulations and a failed engine starter motor, which cause our plane to make a barking dog sound. The 10 hour delay almost kept me from getting to Indianapolis this year, see also pictures below. In the end, I obviously made it, with my day-of-release…

Oct 3 2016