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

Supermicro SuperServer Xeon D increases DDR4 support from 2133MHz to 2400MHz while Xeon D-1541 bundle prices are lowered

Updates to this article added below, with automatic 200MHz speed recognition arriving with BIOS 1.2, for the Xeon D-1541 only. I've been informed that this is unlikely to change, but any difference in speeds of any other Xeon D system are unlikely to be noticeable. When the Xeon D was first…

Jun 22 2016

Voter results are in for Supermicro SuperServer bundle preferences featuring Xeon D-1541/1567/1587

Back on May 19th, I kicked off the vote with this tweet: Thanks Canada & @Wiredzone for first-in-world look at Xeon D-1587 16 core SuperServer! https://tinkertry.com/a-good-look-at-the-worlds-first-16-core-supermicro-superserver-xeon-d-1587-thanks-canada .@Wiredzone Video ready…

Jun 1 2016

Vote by May 31st for which Supermicro SuperServer Xeon D-1500 bundle you'd like to see, Amazing, Insane, or Ludicrous?

Results are in, seen below. Vote to tell Supermicro which motherboard you'd like to see inside this versatile mini-tower chassis! Vote now! bit.ly/whichxeond Below, you'll find a copy of the above voting page, takes seconds to actually cast your vote, no login required! If you read the…

May 19 2016

VMware announced there's no vSphere Client for Windows for the next vSphere release, HTML5 web UIs are the future, forcing us to suffer vSphere Web Client during this transition

With today's announcement (excerpt seen above): Goodbye vSphere Client for Windows (C#) – Hello HTML5 May 18 2016 by Dennis Lu at VMware Blogs any uncertainty about where VMware is headed for this next release of VMware vSphere is gone. Don't forget that the beta testing that's underway was…

May 18 2016

SR-IOV works with VMware ESXi 6 and Xeon D-1540/1541, but Supermicro implies it's only supported with 1541

Just a quick update about SR-IOV support today. On Sunday, May 8th, Supermicro quietly made some updates to the Supermicro SuperServer SYS-5028D-TN4T Product Page, specifically, the Key Features section: Key Features • Space-efficient, compact design • Network Security Appliance • Cloud and…

May 11 2016

How cool is that Hypercube Lego Server, featuring the powerful Xeon D-1540 on tiny and familiar Supermicro X10SDV-F motherboard

What a nice way to start the day, thanks to TinkerTry commenter Jay Oliphant @JackOfAllTech. I somehow hadn't spotted this article yet, what a great find! Jay is also the super helpful TinkerTry visitor who helped me squash a strange TinkerTry CDN bug, back in 2014. A Lego server, nice! Hey…

Jan 19 2016

Digi AnywhereUSB/2 reliably attaches my keyboard and mouse to Windows 10 VM on a VMware ESXi SuperServer that is also my primary workstation

Backstory Ever since VMware's ESXi 5.1, you've been able to attach a variety of USB devices to your VMs. Those devices were attached to either the server the VM is running on, or the client connecting to the VM. See also at TinkerTry: Click to read reviews or buy at Amazon. ESXi 5.1 has USB 3.0…

Oct 2 2015