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

SDDC - Software-Defined Datacenter. Source. 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…

Dec 23 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

ASUS XG-U2008 fanless unmanaged network switch - $249 gets 8 1GbE ports and 2 10GbE ports for my Xeon D two-node cluster

The ASUS XG-U2008 switch is available at Amazon, B&H, and Newegg, see also specifications. These are affiliate links, see disclosure below every article for details. Video unboxing in 4K, and testing under VMware ESXi 6.0U2, here. That purple Netgear XS708T is about as wide as the 2 Xeon D…

Oct 12 2016

Netgear XS708T managed 8 port 10GbE switch unboxed, noise and power draw measured - suited for Xeon D cluster

What do you look for when you're trying to build a 3 node test/demo cluster, with each Xeon D system blessed with two copper 10GbE ports each? Product Page - XS708T – ProSAFE® 10 Gigabit Smart Managed Switch, Model / Version: XS708T How about a relatively quiet switch that doesn't burn…

Jul 31 2016

Cisco SG112-24 unmanaged 24 port gigabit switch unboxed - efficient, fanless, and surprisingly affordable

How does a 24 port metal-bodied compact switch from Cisco sound? Quiet! Yes, no fans, always a good thing for home labs. Cisco Its compact size also makes this a nice choice for more user group demonstrations, to be announced soon. Unmanaged, efficient (as you'll see in the video), and silent. Just…

Jul 31 2016

Attend VTUG Summer Slam 2016, your chance to choose a FREE TinkerTry'd Supermicro SuperServer Bundle 2!

You may have recently read about VTUG Co-Leader Chris Williams, in my recent post about falling DDR4 prices that are helping make Supermicro Xeon D-1541 SuperServers more obtainable for virtualization enthusiasts who are always thirsty for more RAM. Well, just so happens he's taking delivery of his…

Jul 19 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! Supermicro SuperServer demo Mar. 31 2016 at 3:15pm EDT, part of xennappblog's all day virtual expo, free! Those of you who were in attendance will be getting…

Mar 30 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

First Look at the FLIR ONE Thermal Imaging camera for smartphones and tablets

It looks like you have JavaScript disabled. Click here to view the video above.[audio removed] I'm wearing socks on a carpet. FLIR ONE is sensitive enough to easily see my footprints. FLIR has been known for decades in the thermal imaging industry. I remember going to a fire station with my son's…

Feb 6 2016

New TinkerTry'd Supermicro SuperServer Bundle 2 and Bundle 3 - lower cost of entry for your VERY upgradable virtualization home lab, now shipping from US and EU!

Bundle 3 shipping details squared away now, article updated, this is a Fri. Nov. 20th re-announcement! May 24 2017 Update - Bundle 3 orders are no longer being taken. Problems arose with shipping logistics that Wiredzone was unable to overcome. Currently, the best course of action is to go through…

Oct 30 2015

Order a TinkerTry'd Supermicro SuperServer Bundle - powerful and efficient home virtualization lab solutions

Many folks have kindly asked me how they can show their support for TinkerTry when making various Wirezone purchases, choose either: 1. Use any of the links at TinkerTry when buying, such as those found below. 2. Cut-and-paste ?urlsource=tinkertry onto the end of any Wiredzone URL. Only then may…

Oct 30 2015

Supermicro SuperServer 5028D-TN4T vSAN dream is alive! Home lab video overview features (unsupported) Intel SSDs and Samsung M.2 SSDs

Warning/Disclaimer This hardware is not on the VMware vSAN Compatibility Guide. For All Flash vSAN, you are supposed to use enterprise storage with PLP (Power Loss Protection / Super Capacitors), and pass through drive controllers that have high queue depths (which SATA doesn't have). See also…

Oct 10 2015

Superguide: Supermicro SuperServer 5028D-TN4T - THE Ultimate Home Virtualization Lab

TinkerTry's tagline: TinkerTry IT @ home Efficient virtualization, storage, backup, and more... I tend to go pretty deep in my articles for nearly 5 years now, ever since I created my original self-built Core i7 beast aptly named vZilla in 2011. It worked well, but using a consumer motherboard…

Sep 20 2015

Close look at the Floureon LCD Display Power Meter

Recently, I decided it'd valuable to me and my readers to know exactly how much the electricity costs to run my all-in-one efficient SuperServer Workstation, given it will be left running 24x7. My trusty CyberPower 1000PFCLCD UPS keeps my office running through frequent power blips, and handles…

Aug 14 2015

TinkerTry Supermicro SuperServer Workstation bundle now available - Windows 10 with triple 4K GPU can run as an ESXi VM! Now available without OS/GPU too, ships from US or The Netherlands.

Important Oct 30 2015 Update - Please read about the new bundles first at the new order page: Order a TinkerTry Supermicro SuperServer Bundle - powerful and efficient virtualization home lab solutions Original article appears below. This idea took about 4 years from idea to delivery, but at…

Aug 1 2015

How to locate your triple monitor (up to 2K) PC 20 feet away for less noise and more joy

Oct 17 2015 Update - I noticed that Amazon has changed the description for the 15' cable, it used to say " - 4K Resolution Ready" at the end, now it does not. It now only claims to be a 2K (2560x144) capable cable. I'm so sorry about this, I've changed the title of this article to reflect…

Jul 23 2015

My ecobee3 HomeKit WiFi thermostat with remote motion/temperature sensors makes sense/cents

Updates to this article below. Order The ecobee3 with homekit is available at Apple Store, Amazon, Best Buy, ecobee shop, Home Depot, and Lowe's. Review If you have multiple members of your household that are home at various times of the day, then you likely have some familiarity with inevitable…

Jul 19 2015

My Lenovo ThinkPad running Windows 8.1 wouldn't go to sleep, here's how I fixed it

My household has an 8 year old T61P laptop kicking about that's running Windows 8.1 on a Samsung 840 EVO SSD (with RAPID mode enabled). It runs pretty well, even though it's stuck at SATA2 speeds. Tends to play the role of a temporary PC when a laptop has gone out for service. Right after upgrading…

Jun 8 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 14 2015

Switch Lighting, the liquid cooled LED bulb company, is liquidating its assets

If you've followed TinkerTry for a while, you'll note that I'm a bit of an LED bulb fiend. Always on the lookout for an efficient 60 or 75 watt equivalent A19 bulb that has a CRI of 90 or above, a color temperature between 2700K and 2900K, and a price below $10. Yeah, I know, it's a tall order,…

Feb 25 2015

German engineering proudly on display at Munich International Airport

During my month long stay in Germany recently, I drove about 2,000 miles on the Autobahn, with a lot of manual shifting. A Fiat 500L Diesel for 2 weeks, a Mercedes 8 seat van for a day (long story, exploring my half-German roots, and a Ford Fiesta for another two weeks. Yep, driving that little…

Nov 18 2014

NVIDIA 560 Ti to 750 Ti GPU upgrade makes Core i7 Z68 system quieter, faster, cooler, using half the power

Our family's gZilla gaming system is based on an Intel Core i7 2600K and an ASRock Z68 motherboard, from mid 2011. This system started life hidden in our basement, with 2 video cables running up to the family room's 55" TV one floor above it, and to a 24" monitor next to the TV, where the…

Aug 19 2014

Nixeus VUE27D review, efficient 2nd-gen 2560x1440 IPS LED DisplayPort monitor improves on the original VUE

I use a standing desk. Reasonable size and weight for my 3 monitors is almost as important to me as excellent image quality. Having had thousands of hours using my Nixeus NX-VUE27 these past 2 years (Close look at my Nixeus NX-VUE27 2560×1440 27″ monitor Aug 24 2012), I'm now able to offer…

Jul 30 2014