VMUG Advantage video series - blogger tips

I was recently having a discussion with the leadership at the VMUG Organization, and given my 10 year anniversary of blogging happened this month, we decided together that it'd be a good idea for me to publish some short tips videos about blogging. I have a problem with being succinct (just look at…

Jun 10 2021

Intel has started sampling next-gen Intel Xeon D processors for space and power-constrained environments, promising for home labs?

You may remember me recently writing about how I'm less than-thrilled that no worthy successor to the announced-in-2015 Xeon D-1500 has arrived yet, it's been a 6 year wait. The misses for me include 2018's Xeon D-2100 that was just too power hungry even at idle, 2019's Xeon D-1600 that was just a…

Apr 7 2021

When selecting a big hard drive for your homelab's VMware ESXi VMFS datastore, consider the 512e over the 4Kn version

Image adapted from "Microsoft support policy for 4K sector hard drives in Windows" In my day job in IT, the move to all flash has been pretty much complete for all near big business and enterprise sales for a good 2-3 years now. The picture is different in the home lab. NASs are commonly…

Feb 17 2021

William Lam's "Supermicro VMware Homelab 2020 Options" and an update on TinkerTry's next Intel or AMD based home lab Bundle on the VMware Compatibility Guide

virtuallyGhetto.com Click/tap the image above to read William's article. William Lam does yet another fantastic job summing up the current line-up of small-form factor Supermicro gear including some Xeon D-1500 and Xeon D-2100 based systems. While I don't know William, and I'm not at all sure why…

Jan 25 2021

VMUG Advantage and TinkerTry pairing up on Nov 17 2020 for #ADVTinkerTryTakeover event, part of National Career Development Month!

In over 9 years of content creation here at TinkerTry, with a majority having something to do with virtualization, there has never been a closer match with what TinkerTry set out to do than the VMUG Advantage program. So when they recently asked me to consider helping out with their all day event,…

Nov 16 2020

How to easily install VMware ESXi 7.0 Update 1 onto a 32GB or larger USB flash drive

This article is still undergoing minor refinement based on further testing. This is a basic overview document of the fresh install process, highlighting the steps that I walk you right through in the accompanying video below, should work on any supported VMware ESXi server. One advantage of this…

Oct 18 2020

VMware Cloud Director, VMware Workstation 16 Pro & Fusion 12 Pro additions to VMUG Advantage are now available, along with vSphere 7.0 Update 1!

These are major new superpowers your new or existing VMUG Advantage subscription, part of the EVALExperience set of code access perks. Announced minutes ago: VMWARE CLOUD DIRECTOR, VMWARE WORKSTATION 16 PRO, AND VMWARE FUSION 12 PRO NOW AVAILABLE! Oct 08 2020 by Molly Smith at VMUG Communities …

Oct 8 2020

Get your lab ready for VMware's VMworld 2020, VMUG Advantage is offering TinkerTry readers 15% off throughout September, refer a friend!

TLDR Short URL for this article that's easy to share with your IT friends: tinkertry.com/tinkertry15 with VMUG Advantage sign-up page here. Backstory Click to learn more or subscribe. It's been such an honor to enjoy an active readership of my various virtualization articles over these past 9+…

Sep 1 2020

Supermicro SYS-5028D-TN4T mini-tower/Wiredzone Bundles are now on the VCG for ESXi 7.0 and 7.0U1, full VMware support resumed!

TLDR Gladly, the super popular SYS-5028D-TN4T mini tower and the 1U rack mount SYS-5018D-FN4T and SYS-5018D-FN8T are now on the VCG (VMware Compatibility Guide) for ESXi 7.0 & VCG for ESXi 7.0 Update 1. Sadly the mini 1U SYS-E300-8D and SYS-E200-8D are not listed for any 7.x release. From…

Aug 26 2020

NAKIVO Backup & Replication v10 released with VMware vSphere 7.0 support, Linux workstation backup, and backup to Wasabi

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 Last year, I wrote about NAKIVO v8.5.2 with detailed walk-thru install and configure videos, see that detailed article here, and it…

Jul 29 2020

Sabrent 4TB Rocket NVMe M.2 High Performance SSD - FLIR thermal imagery, firmware tools, and speed tests for VMware ESXi 7.0 VMFS and Windows 10 NTFS

I've been beating up my Samsung 960 PRO 2TB for a good 3 years now. It's in my daily driver, a Windows 10 VM in my Supermicro SuperServer SYS-5028D-TN4T system with Xeon D-1567 12 core, also known as Bundle 1. Shop Amazon. Amazon - Sabrent 4TB Rocket NVMe PCIe M.2 2280 Internal SSD High…

Jul 25 2020

How to workaround "Update installation failed. vCenter Server is non-operational." message during VCSA 7.0 update

This article is short and simple, hopefully helping some of the many folks that have watched either my Jun 24 2020 or Jun 25 2020 VCSA 7.0 upgrade attempt videos, using VAMI. For me, my home lab had a healthy VCSA 6.7 upgrade to VCSA 7.0 GA, performed successfully on camera on release day Apr 02…

Jul 3 2020

How to change or disable your VMware vSphere Client default inactivity timeout

Maybe you're a demo master, and you want to conquer your private lab and show it whose boss. You're sick and tired of fat-fingering that dang adminstrator@vsphere.local username then password into your vSphere Client at the most inopportune times, especially if you (wisely) didn't use your…

Jun 10 2020

VMware Cloud Foundation 4.0 is now available on VMUG Advantage EVALExperience!

Click to learn more. Well well, what do we have here? How about a full SDDC in your lab? Note I didn't say home lab, unless you have a pretty beefy configuration, read onward for details. Just when I thought I wouldn't find any more surprise wins for the VMUG Advantage team, somebody apparently…

Jun 8 2020

How to apply your VMUG Advantage EVALExperience vSphere 7 license keys to your home lab

This article and video assume you've already installed vSphere 7 in your home lab, and you are now seeking a little guidance on exactly how to go about applying your license keys during the 60 day evaluation period, without any interruption in running your (non-production) workloads. If you're…

May 6 2020

How to configure Ubiquiti mPower PRO outlet names without an mFi controller

Unfortunately, the mFi line got to the end of the road back in 2017, see is MFI dead?. That doesn't mean it doesn't mean it stopped working, but support sure is gone. This is unfortunate, and the Ubiquiti name is still generally beloved, it's just that this particular product line has run out of…

Apr 25 2020

VMware vSphere / ESXi 7.0 GA work-around for GPU passthrough issues including disabled-after-reboot bug and UI bug

A new and improved workaround is available as of Jun 18 2020, details below. As of Nov 18 2020, sadly, this workaround is still needed with the latest ESXi 7.0 Update 1a. When I was upgrading my primary Supermicro SuperServer Workstation / Datacenter, I ran into some strange problems with getting…

Apr 25 2020

VMware's William Lam publishes "VMware Community Homelabs Project" at virtuallyGhetto

When I was at VMware as a vSAN SE, I often got asked about what home lab equipment to buy. The answer was usually along the lines of "it depends." In other words, you need to know what the goals of the buyer are, and I always spent time asking a lot of questions before proposing anything,…

Feb 11 2020

Supermicro Xeon D SuperServer BIOS 2.1 / IPMI 3.86 released, how to upgrade with ease!

Step-by-step walk through video is now available! The only information I have about this 2.1 BIOS release is from a helpful TinkerTry commenter who said: I reached out to Supermicro, and they gave me some rather vague info: "BIOS 2.1 update info for SYS-5028D-TN4T/ X10SDV MB BIOS 2.1 has…

Jan 21 2020

VMUG Advantage EVALExperience is serious about home labs with a 10% discount for TinkerTry readers and now includes VCF and SRM too!

Backstory Last week, this timely twitter exchange occurred, seen at right. JD Wallace noticed that the code at VMUG Advantage isn't always quite at the very latest patch level. The kind volunteer who updates the VMUG Advantage EVALExperience growing library of huge files does so on a quarterly…

Nov 5 2019

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