VTUG Summer Slam 2019 was the last VTUG ever! Thanks for the memories, Dawn, Chris, and Chris!

If you're just here for the nostalgia, no problem, check out the Photos, Videos below, or have a look back at all my VTUG tweets. Don't get misty on me, not yet, I got more for you, read on... Magic moment #1 One of the most touching moments in my IT career ever was thanks to Matt Broberg…

Jul 24 2019

NAKIVO Backup & Replication v9.0 adds agent based physical Windows Server backups to existing VMware 6.7 and Hyper-V 2019 backup capabilities

Turn Your QNAP, Synology, ASUSTOR, WD, or Netgear NAS into a VM Backup Appliance, claiming to improve backup performance by up to 2X and offload your IT infrastructure I recently wrote about NAKIVO v8.5.2 with detailed walk-thru install and configure videos, see that detailed article here: NAKIVO…

Jul 24 2019

Microsoft Windows 10 May 2019 Update / Windows Server 2019 May 2019 Update, version 1903 downloads now available

Table of Contents Here's all the links for you, jumping you right down to the section you're most interested in below: Microsoft Windows Update Microsoft Windows Download Microsoft Windows Evaluation Center Microsoft Visual Studio Downloads Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC) …

May 27 2019

NAKIVO Backup & Replication v8.5.2 arrives with VMware vSphere 6.7 Update 2 support

Turn Your QNAP, Synology, ASUSTOR, WD, or Netgear NAS into a VM Backup Appliance, claiming to improve backup performance by up to 2X and offload your IT infrastructure It's no secret that I appreciate the simplicity of installing the NAKIVO Backup & Replication appliance in my home's personal…

May 27 2019

New Veeam Backup & Replication Community Edition for home labs is free!

Dear Home Lab Enthusiast with data to protect: Today's Veeam announcement was big. A way to run enterprise level software with all the features you need for a lab environment, with none of the guilt. That's right, up to 10 VMs, and physical systems too! Got your attention? Read on! I started using…

Mar 26 2019

How to configure VMware ESXi 6.7 or later for VMDirectPath I/O pass-through of any NVMe SSD, such as Windows 10 1809 installed directly on an Intel 900P booted in an EFI VM

Notice the 900P U.2 NVMe SSD above the motherboard There was a little-discussed and finally mature capability that arrived with VMware ESXi 6.5, back in November of 2016. See Amazon for the Intel Optane SSD 900P Series, but this consumer drive might not be ideal for most home virtualization lab…

Nov 28 2018

Microsoft Windows 10 and Windows Server 2019 download links for re-released version 1809 October 2018 Update

Table of Contents Here's all the links for you, jumping you right down to the section you're most interested in below: Microsoft Windows Update Microsoft Windows Download Microsoft Windows Evaluation Center Microsoft Visual Studio Downloads Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC) …

Nov 20 2018

New 1U Supermicro SuperServer SYS-E300-9D 4 and 8 core Xeon D-2100 models bring back the E300-8D's M.2 slot and network ports

Introduction Fun discussion about Mac mini, Intel NUC, and tiny Supermicro 1U E200/E300 systems. I'm aware of the interest in these 2 newer SYS-E300-9D variants that quietly arrived without a press release. The product pages seem to first be noticed on October 30. The 8 core version is said to…

Oct 31 2018

Is the new Mac mini 2019 suited for VMware vSphere/ESXi home labs?

Specification Differentiations These features: From the Oct 30 2018 Apple Event. Standard: Desktop 8th-generation 3.2GHz Intel Core Processor Thunderbolt 3 / USB C expansion (4 ports) NVMe based SSD storage running at full speeds Optional: up to 6 cores up to 64GB of RAM (SODIMMs) up to 10GbE…

Oct 30 2018

David Chung's SDDC in a box uses 4 Xeon D nodes for vSAN, is relatively quiet, and fits in carry-on!

At TinkerTry, I've admittedly mostly focused on nearly turn-key tiny home lab solutions that anybody can buy, including a variety of OEM's turn-key options. There's also quite the community of home-built tiny clusters of powerful system that are surprisingly compact. It's all thanks in large part…

Oct 2 2018

TinkerTry IT @ home featured on Hello From My Homelab

Back at VMworld 2018 US, I was a bit bummed when I heard that there was a home lab panel featuring @sirgeekness @homelaber @DemitasseNZ @virtualhobbit and @importcarguy, at the very same time as I was scheduled to present on another stage. Well, I wasn't bummed for long, since the ever effervescent…

Sep 26 2018

TinkerTry Demo at VMworld 2018 US! "See VMware vSphere 6.7 fly on Intel Xeon D with NVMe SSDs [VMTN12504U]" Wed Aug 29 1pm-5pm VMTN Blogger Table at VMvillage

Back in June, I excitedly announced I'm going to VMworld 2018 US, my 7th time attending, and I get to present! My presentation as a VMware employee had been accepted, but my proposal to present at the #vBrownBag was pending, and I didn't really know for sure if an invite from Community Leaders…

Aug 23 2018

Hands-on GIGABYTE Server MB51-PS0 motherboard featuring 4 core Intel Xeon D-2123IT: unboxing in 4K

Ever since writing my first Xeon D-2100 hands-on article, which was a world-first-look actually: Hands-on the new Supermicro SuperServer SYS-E300-9D featuring 4 core Intel Xeon D-2123IT: testing and analysis May 24 2018 I've been a bit disappointed with how that all went down. First, there was…

Aug 20 2018

Supermicro Xeon D SuperServer BIOS 2.0 and IPMI 3.68 released

Here's the Supermicro Xeon D-1500 systems this article applies to. Mini ITX SYS-5028D-TN4T Xeon D-1540/1541/1567 Minitower / X10SDV-TLN4F(-12C) motherboard (the systems I have on hand for test) SYS-5018D-FN4T Xeon D-1540/1541 1U / X10SDV-8C-TLN4F motherboard SYS-E200-8D Xeon D-1528 Mini 1U /…

Aug 9 2018

NAKIVO Backup & Replication v7.5 arrives with VMware vSphere 6.7 support

Turn Your QNAP, Synology, ASUSTOR, WD, or Netgear NAS into a VM Backup Appliance, claiming to improve backup performance by up to 2X and offload your IT infrastructure It's no secret that I appreciate the simplicity of installing the NAKIVO Backup & Replication appliance in my home's personal…

Aug 1 2018

Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 3a RTM is now available featuring VMware vSphere 6.7 support

If you've been watching my article: Status of VMware vSphere 6.7 support by VM backup companies Apr 19 2018 you already know what's been happening with the VM backup companies trying to get full vSphere 6.7 support out the door within about 60 to 90 days of its announcement and release: …

Jun 26 2018

USB Image Tool for Windows easily backs up and restores your complete VMware ESXi hypervisor on USB or SD flash drives, a simple/free clone for peace of mind before patching or upgrading

I created the video below that features a very detailed walk-through of an imaging process of the ESXi hypervisor installation that seems to work quite well for me. I tested this heavily when tinkering with various vSphere 6.5 and 6.7 versions in my home lab. While the use of such an tool isn't…

Jun 14 2018

Hands-on the new Supermicro SuperServer SYS-E300-9D featuring 4 core Intel Xeon D-2123IT: testing and analysis

There’s a newer article about a significantly updated -9D model you may want to read at: New 1U Supermicro SuperServer SYS-E300-9D 4 and 8 core Xeon D-2100 models bring back the E300-8D's M.2 slot and network ports Oct 31 2018 The optional PCIe riser adapter and OC-SLG3-2M2 2x M.2 NVMe adapter…

May 24 2018

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. Table of Contents, in alphabetic order: Altaro VM Backup Commvault Micro Focus VM Explorer Virtual Machine Backup NAKIVO Backup & Replication Unitrends Backup Veeam Backup & Replication This short article is really just about one of…

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

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 jrp Friday evening Mar 23, with my usual TinkerTry'ing and documentation effort still underway,…

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