VeeamON 2018 Recap

Image above adapted from Anthony Spiteri's excellent VeeamON 2018 Recap. See also my extensive, picture-filled @paulbraren #VeeamON timeline. I may not have been VMware's first choice to cover this Other Veeam Vanguards from VMware's Technical Marketing team were unable to attend due to…

May 21 2018

Status of VMware vSphere 6.7 support by VM backup companies

Above image adapted from What's New with vSphere 6 HOL. This short article is really just about one of the very first questions that pops up very soon after any major release of VMware vSphere, for enthusiasts looking to test the latest release, while not putting their VM backups at risk. You can…

Apr 19 2018

Supermicro SuperServer Xeon D-1500 Bundle mini-tower and 1U rack mount are already on the VMware Compatibility Guide for ESXi 6.7

Two years and 2 months ago, I enthusiastically announced the first time Supermicro Xeon D-1500 systems arrived on the VCG (VMware Compatibility Guide): Supermicro SuperServer SYS-5028D-TN4T mini-tower now ready for business as the first Intel Xeon D-1500 in the VMware HCL (Compatibility Guide)…

Apr 19 2018

How to easily install VMware ESXi 6.7 on an Intel Xeon D Supermicro SuperServer

This is a basic overview document, highlighting the steps that I walk you right through in the accompanying video below. The video features my live recording done on the very day vSphere 6.7 was announced and released, so it's a bit rough around the edges and completely unrehearsed. All that aside,…

Apr 17 2018

Supermicro Xeon D SuperServer BIOS 1.3 released pretty much just for Spectre mitigation / IPMI 3.58 is still the latest

This article will is under construction, and will be updated frequently these first few days. BIOS 1.3 has been released mostly just to address Side Channel Speculative Execution and Indirect Branch Prediction, also referred to as Spectre (type 2) mitigation. This new release was first spotted by…

Mar 27 2018

NAKIVO v7.4 beta is now open!

Turn Your QNAP, Synology, ASUSTOR, or WD NAS into a VM Backup Appliance - Improve backup performance by up to 2X and offload your IT infrastructure It's no secret that I quite enjoy the simplicity of installing the NAKIVO Backup & Replication appliance in a home lab. Getting your most precious…

Mar 21 2018

Supermicro SuperServer Xeon D-1500 Bundle mini-tower and 1U rack mount are finally on the VMware Compatibility Guide for ESXi 6.5U1

Just over 2 years ago, I enthusiastically announced: Supermicro SuperServer SYS-5028D-TN4T mini-tower now ready for business as the first Intel Xeon D-1500 in the VMware HCL (Compatibility Guide) Feb 10 2016 Then, I visited Supermicro's booth at VMworld 2016, I politely inquired why ESXi 6.5…

Mar 15 2018

Introducing the 1U Supermicro SuperServer SYS-E300-9D featuring the new Intel Xeon D-2100, the only somewhat home lab friendly system announced

A TinkerTry reader send this great comment early today, how timely! I'm disappointed that I don't have a great answer for Koen, at least not yet anyway. Click to visit the Supermicro SuperServer E300-9D Product page. For folks who don't need much storage and don't mind 1U fan noise, the only…

Mar 10 2018

How to replace your Windows 10 certificate so browser security warnings go away after replacing your VMware VCSA

I recently bumped into an issue after a public demonstration of my home lab. After the successful day, I routinely replaced the VCSA appliance I had been messing around with by deleting the old one and installing a new one. I re-used the same DNS name, which for my home lab is vcsa.lab.local,…

Mar 4 2018

Xeon D home lab success stories

So many Xeon D form factors There are so many form-factors for Xeon D out there, thanks to the System On a Chip design that allows for a variety of embedded and IoT centric-designs. See my recently updated: Intel Xeon D is a rather versatile platform, have a look! Xeon D home lab success…

Feb 28 2018

The big AMD EPYC Embedded 3000 Series Launch, and what it may mean to Intel Xeon D home lab enthusiasts

Come back and refresh, this new article is a work in progress! I'm happy that Xeon D finally has some competition, validating the value of the embedded/IoT market niche that home virtualization lab enthusiasts have benefited from. There are many popular Intel Xeon D designs that take advantage of…

Feb 21 2018

March 1st Connecticut VMUG UserCon - one lucky attendee will win a TinkerTry'd SuperServer, thanks to the VMware User Group!

March 1, 2018 - New Haven, Connecticut Don't forget to register, it's free. Don't forget to enter the raffle when you stop by my pedestal, and stick around for this very special end-of-day give-away! Connecticut VMUG UserCon was at the Connecticut Convention Center in 2016, and on March 1 2018,…

Feb 21 2018

Intel Xeon D-2100 announced, a promising choice for efficient home lab datacenters

This article will be updated as I collect information, after a couple of days of personal travel to see a launch that happened to coincide with this Intel launch. It's been just one month shy of 3 years since I first wrote about the Intel Xeon D here at TinkerTry, which promised to deliver what I…

Feb 8 2018

Intel SSD 760p Series M.2 NVMe will be available in up to 2TB capacity at near SATA pricing and double 600p performance

Introduction This article takes a quick look at Intel's latest SSD specs, and their potential for use in a VMware virtualization home lab environment. I do not currently have a sample of the 760p for first-hand testing. The information here is based on a briefing I recently received from an Intel…

Jan 23 2018

Google Project Zero (Spectre and Meltdown) patch and flash info for VMware vSphere (ESXi/VCSA) on Intel Xeon D Supermicro SuperServers

This story continues to develop. Please expect that the information in the article below may be updated at any time, especially these first few days. I suggest that you to revisit and refresh. For example, it appears that No image profile found with name 'ESXi-6.5.0-20180104001-standard' has been…

Jan 9 2018

NAKIVO Backup & Replication v7.3 released with faster backup speeds for deduplication appliances

click to view "What's New in v7.3" Full NAKIVO v7 install/configure demo video below is available, using my home lab's vSphere 6.5 environment! I haven't had a chance to test v7.3 yet, as it just came out today, and I haven't gotten my hands on the NFR version yet. The trial version is…

Nov 28 2017

Intel announcements include details about benchmarking Optane P4800X in VMware ESXi, new 750GB capacity, and 3D XPoint fab expansion

There are three recent Intel announcements that are quite interesting. The first is about 4 recent detailed technical publications, the second is about a maximum Optane capacity doubling, and the third is about a new 3D XPoint fab, in collaboration with Micron. Of most interest to me personally is…

Nov 13 2017

Supermicro Xeon D SuperServer BIOS 1.2c / IPMI 3.58 released

The only change in this release is "Added patch for Intel SPI vulnerability," seen in the release notes, not to be confused with Intel® AMT Critical Firmware Vulnerability. Supermicro has confirmed to me that 1.2c is their Xeon D fix for CVE-2017-5701. Initial testing of BIOS 1.2c has…

Oct 21 2017

VMUG Advantage just added the latest VMware Workstation 14 Pro and Fusion 10 Pro to EVALExperience

List of VMware software included in EVALExperience, as of October 2017. There have been many enhancements to this invaluable $200-a-year EVALExperience program lately, including the additions of vSAN 6.6 / NSX 6.3.1 and vRealize Automation Enterprise. Don't forget that your $20 discount is still…

Oct 12 2017

Supermicro Xeon D SuperServer BIOS 1.2b / IPMI 3.58 released

Looking to ignore release notes and disclaimers/warnings to get right to the downloads and detailed upgrade procedures? 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. Here's the current Supermicro Xeon D-1500 systems with X10SDV…

Sep 11 2017

VMworld 2017 US VMTN Community Blogger - VMware vSphere 6.5U1 home datacenter demo

I realize a vast majority of my readers can't make it to VMworld: Meet me at the VMworld 2017 US PEX and HCI Zone booths, or at the TinkerTry Virtualization Hardware Discussion Zone in the VMTN Community Blogger area Tue. Aug. 29 11am-2pm Aug 17 2017 This video helps you feel a little like you…

Sep 2 2017

How to configure VMware ESXi 6.5.x for VMDirectPath I/O pass-through of any NVMe SSD, such as Windows Server 2016 installed directly on an Intel Optane P4800X booted in an EFI VM

There was a little-discussed and finally mature capability that arrived with VMware ESXi 6.5, back in November of 2016. With last month's release of ESXi 6.5 Update 1, it's only gotten easier to configure your ESXi server to allow you to pass a single NVMe storage device, such as an Intel Optane…

Aug 24 2017

Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 Update 2 has full vSphere 6.5 Update 1 support, free NFR also available for Veeam Agent for Windows, Linux, and Backup for MS Office 365

Turns out the question of what backup solution to use to protect a home lab's VMs in a home lab comes up a lot here at TinkerTry, especially when a major new release of vSphere arrives on the scene. It's become such an important thing to consider for IT Pros working off the NFR code…

Aug 23 2017

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