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

vSphere 6.5 Core Storage white paper - one home virtualization lab enthusiast's perspective

Let's start with Cormac Hogan's recent post: Announcing vSphere 6.5 Core Storage white paper Nov 28 2016 by Cormac Hogan at VMware | Blogs > Virtual Blocks I’m delighted to announce the availability of a new vSphere 6.5 core storage white paper. The paper covers new features such as VMFS-6…

Dec 7 2016

M.2 expansion for your NVMe SSDs - EZDIY adds, Angelbird Wings adds and cools, Amfeltec Squid adds, cools, and quadruples

Introduction Such adapter cards pass signals from your M.2 NVMe device right through to your motherboards PCIe slot, with no speed degradation. You can see these simple wire traces in the close-look video that's featured below, so there's no special drivers needed. Modern PCs and servers simply…

Dec 6 2016

Where to buy your Samsung 960 EVO or PRO M.2 NVMe SSDs, featuring the latest ordering and availability info

There have been many reports of issues with these 960 drives! Please read: Samsung 960 PRO/EVO/SM961/PM961 M.2 NVMe SSD disappearance workaround is to power cycle, boot from NVMe problems also reported Original article appears below. This will likely be my last manual update of order status. As…

Nov 30 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

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

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

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

TinkerTry Highlights 001

TinkerTry Highlights New tech evolves quickly, TinkerTry's agility reflects that reality My ongoing home tinkering tends to bring new insights to previously published topics. As I explained here, when the technical updates below articles are significant, I'm pulling together a curated list of those…

Oct 19 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

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

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

Notes from MWhite - "Home Lab Decision Making – NUC and Supermicro" and "Setting up my new Supermicro vSphere host"

Putting yourself out there on the web has its benefits, including virtually meeting people from all over this planet who share tips and tricks. What a nice feeling, when I recently came across the perspective of an enthusiastic Mac/NUC/SuperServer guy who recently went through the home lab…

Sep 29 2016

Anandtech - Samsung Announces 960 PRO And 960 EVO M.2 PCIe SSDs (Updated)

Josh @jcefidel, about your tweet, pictured at right, I'm honored! Loaner status (not Loner status ;-) Unfortunately, despite my attempts to reach Samsung PR, and my visits to their booth at VMworld 2015 and VMworld 2016, I have failed to secure any test samples. In a perfect world, I'd be…

Sep 21 2016