World's First Close Look at Intel Optane SSD DC P4800X Series - PCIe NVMe arrives with 375GB of 3D XPoint!

Disclosure This SSD is on a temporary loan from Intel, and it appears to be an engineering sample, in the 375GB size that is planned for product launch. This loaner was made with no formal expectations or stipulations, just a brief chance to TinkerTry this datacenter technology in my own VMware…

Aug 11 2017

How to find NVMe SSD firmware versions in a VMware ESXi 6.5 Server

Keeping this one short-and-simple, to really encourage you to visit the source article to read through details and tips found at: New ESXCLI Commands in vSphere 6.5 Nov 19 2016 by Florian Grehl at Virten.net If you're wondering if your NVMe drive might need a firmware update, and you're running…

Aug 5 2017

VMUG Advantage just added the latest vRealize Automation Enterprise to EVALExperience!

On a closely related note, see also: VMUG Advantage just added the latest NSX 6.3.1 and All Flash vSAN 6.6 bits to EVALExperience, great for vSphere home labs, just $200 a year! May 01 2017 vSphere 6.5 Update 1 No word yet on when VMUGAdvantage EVALExperience downloads will offer last week's big…

Aug 3 2017

Promise SANLink3 T1 NBaseT Adapter blesses your Thunderbolt 3/USB-C desktop or laptop with 1.0/2.5/5.0/10GbE speeds

Front and rear views of the Promise SANLink3 T1 NBaseT Adapter. Shop The Promise SANLink3 T1 NBaseT Adapter is available on: Amazon - Promise SL3T1GL Thunderbolt 3 to Base-T Ethernet Bus Powered Adapter Dell - Dell part #A9623557 eBay - All items with "SANLink3" in the description Newegg…

Jul 30 2017

See "What's inside VMware vSphere 6.5 Update 1" by Florian Grehl at virten.net featuring historical ESX/ESXi graph

Sometimes there's a post that is so perfect as it is that I just have to call it out, hoping to extend the readership of the author's source article. Simple, elegant, and to the point, not exactly my strengths. I therefore present to you, with little words to say other than "read this"…

Jul 28 2017

How to easily update your VMware Hypervisor from 6.5.x to 6.5 Update 1 (ESXi 6.5 U1)

VMware ESXI 6.5 U1 Release Notes. The simple update method that this article details means you won't need the ISO Download Page for: ESXi 6.5 U1 | 27 JULY 2017 | Build 5969303 This upgrade is also known as version 6.5.0 Build 5969303 or 6.5U1. More about this update in KB 2149910: VMware ESXi 6.5,…

Jul 28 2017

How to easily update your VMware vCenter Server Appliance from 6.5.x to 6.5 Update 1 (VCSA 6.5 U1)

VMware vCenter Server Appliance Read the Release Notes. The simple update method that this article details means you won't need the ISO Download Page for: ESXi 6.5 U1 | 27 JULY 2017 | Build 5973321 This upgrade is also known as version 6.5.0.10000 or 6.5U1, as seen in the vCenter Server Appliance…

Jul 28 2017

VMware vSphere 6.5 Update 1 downloads available (VCSA 6.5 U1 / ESXi 6.5 U1), new vSAN 6.6.1 goodness baked right in

Just want the easy upgrade (rather than download ISO) methods for vSphere 6.5 Update 1, also known as 6.5U1 or 6.5 U1? No problem, jump on over to: How to easily update your VMware vCenter Server Appliance from 6.5.x to 6.5 Update 1 (VCSA 6.5 U1) How to easily update your VMware Hypervisor from…

Jul 27 2017

Supermicro Xeon D SuperServer BIOS 1.2a / IPMI 3.46 released, 3.58 being validated

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. TinkerTry commenter…

Jul 26 2017

Supermicro SuperServer Workstation Graphics Card selection revisited, featuring VMware ESXi 6.5 passthrough testing of HHHL PCIe GPUs

HHHL stands for Half Height, Half Length (source). These are the type of single PCIe slot cards that fit into the Supermicro SuperServer SYS-5028D-TN4T mini-tower bundles, and are entirely PCIe bus powered. This means the watt consumption is generally under 70 watts at highest workloads, which…

Jul 19 2017

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

VMware vCenter Server 6.5.0e Release Notes vCenter Server Appliance 6.5.0e | 15 JUNE 2017 | ISO Build 5705665 See also: Full Patch for VMware vCenter Server Appliance 6.5.0e (2150416) kb.vmware.com/kb/2150416 Product Patch for vCenter Server Appliance 6.5 containing VMware software fixes,…

Jul 17 2017

Ubiquiti EdgeRouter Lite (UBNT ERLite-3) Update - still works great for my family, and for my VMware vSphere, Windows, and Linux home lab

This article was originally intended for my audience at The Greater Boston Network Users Group at their July 11th meetup. Until I'm able to do a complete configuration walk through, this spot in a recent "Network Enthusiast" EdgeRouter video I created gives you a good look at how DNS is…

Jul 11 2017

Back-level VMware ESXi 6.5 vmkusb to 6.0 to restore Windows 10 VM's USB sound

Back in March of 2017, I needed to go back to using my SuperServer Workstation as my daily driver Windows 10 workstation, in large part because of excessive video render times for 4K video production workflow. This mean it was time to revisit how well this VM worked with the latest ESXi 6.5.0d,…

Jun 19 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

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, 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

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.x, 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

"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

Jul 31 2017 Update - In AMD's EPYC CPU, this issue has been fixed in VMware ESXi 6.5 Update 1, more detail below. 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…

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