VMware ESXi 7.0 Update 2a not available yet via ESXCLI (Update - available on Apr 29 2021)

This is just a quick, fleeting article about my tinkering in my home lab tonight, featuring a video of me trying to lab test the ESXCLI method of updating my ESXi 7.0 Update 2 (VMware ESXi 7.0.2 Build 17630552) to ESXi 7.0 Update 2a (VMware ESXi 7.0.2 Build 17920168). See also the VMware vSphere…

Apr 27 2021

VMware vSphere 7.0 Update 2b is now GA, here's how to download it any which way!

Text: Table of Contents To get started with your lab testing, jump to the appropriate download section: If you have a free My VMware account If you're currently a vExpert If you're currently a VMUG Advantage EVALExperience subscriber If you're seeking the Free Hypervisor Download and License The…

Mar 10 2021

New 1-year-duration VMware vSphere 7 license keys are now available to 2021's vExperts

Like many home lab enthusiasts, I was getting a little nervous about the impending expiration of my vExpert license keys, it's been nagging me for weeks now. Today I happened to spot that a bunch of license keys have been apparently just been added, notice the dates below the new "Date…

Mar 3 2021

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 vSphere 7.0 Update 1 announced, with vSAN 7 Update 1 featuring HCI Mesh

There's a pattern here. VMware announced VMware vSphere 7 on March 10 2020, and the code went GA and became available for download on April 2, 2020. This week, VMware vSphere 7.0 Update 1 was announced on September 15, so when can we download it? We'll likely found out for sure soon with VMworld…

Sep 20 2020

VMware vCenter Server 7.0.0d resolves issue with 7.0.0c high CPU usage in VCSA VM

You can probably figure out that I upgraded from 7.0.0b to 7.0.0c around August 20th, and gave it 4 vCPUs. Note the daily spikes, presumably backups, I haven't yet verified. Also note that this screenshot is vSphere Client on iOS Safari, with no certificate errors. VMware Fling called vSphere…

Aug 26 2020

How to easily kill a zombie datastore in your VMware vSphere lab

Backstory So there's your problem, eh? Note that Delete Datastore is greyed out, and there is no Device Backing. So, you're tinkering around in your home lab, and at some point you've left an ESXi host powered off for a while. You pull one of it's M.2 SSDs to re-use in another system. What can…

Jul 18 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

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

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

Folding@homelab - Inspiring podcasts about the global vCommunity, with nerd stats on TinkerTry's 4 F@h VMs on VMware ESXi 7.0 on 4 Xeon D Servers

If you haven't already come across my article with a walk-through video about how easy it is to get started with Folding@home VMs, have a look! VMware Appliance for Folding@home - help researchers unfold the mystery of diseases like Coronavirus/COVID-19 virtually Mar 21 2020 It's now been about…

Apr 15 2020

Quick look at 5 VMware vSphere 7.0 features & tips to organize and personalize your vSphere Client

I thought I'd sprinkle a bit of home lab cheer for you all in this world-wide cooped-up weekend we're all in together. I thought you might find at least one or two tips in here that you didn't already know about vSphere Web Client, let me know! Got some more tips? Here's your chance for fame, just…

Apr 2 2020

How to upgrade from VMware vSphere 6.7 to vSphere 7.0, vCenter/VCSA first, then ESXi host(s) next

A nice dark-mode view of the TinkerTry Datacenter, consisting of 3 Xeon D-1500 systems and 1 Xeon D-2100 system. This is a placeholder, where I'll be describing the process of install, featuring most walk-through video for now. If you've done these updates before, this library of walk-through…

Apr 2 2020

William Lam's "Homelab considerations for vSphere 7" predicts an easy install for Xeon D Supermicro SuperServers!

Back on March 10 2020, VMware announced vSphere 7. On Thursday, April 2nd, they've got a launch event planned, and I was originally hoping it'd also be the day we can finally get our hands-on the GA level bits. Like many others, I'll be having myself a close look at both the vExpert downloads and…

Mar 31 2020

VMware Appliance for Folding@home - help researchers unfold the mystery of diseases like COVID-19 virtually

Tips added since initial publication: There are server-side issues that result in failing to get work assigned to your VM, see ongoing discussions here, new automatic bigadv on 16 CPU or larger VMs seems to have helped. I have now published a short video of downloading/deploying/configuring 1.0.1…

Mar 21 2020

VMware vSphere 7 Announced

Check out the many related articles on the web in my See Also section below. If you're feeling kinda TLDR, try the video gallery below, with General Availability expected by May 1 2020. This long awaited major vSphere release was officially announced earlier today, and I've included 3 key excerpts…

Mar 10 2020

Hear about the amazing Veeam Vanguard program. Maybe my dozen years of Veeam stories will inspire you to apply by Jan 21 2020!

Put your nomination(s) in by January 21 2020, all the instructions are in Nikola Pejková's post here. You can nominate yourself (or be nominated by another person), so don’t be shy and apply by sending your profile summary or CV to As of Jan 21 2020, nominations are now closed. Existing Vanguards re…

Jan 15 2020

My VMware vSphere 6.7 Update 3 Upgrade Experience

This vSphere update was officially announced 6.7 Update 3 last week, and yesterday, it became available to download. For folks with only VMUG Advantage EVALExperience with its (currently) older 6.7 Update 2 VMware-VMvisor-Installer-6.7.0.update02-13006603.x86_64.iso they can instead use ESXCLI to…

Aug 21 2019

VMware vSphere 6.7 Update 3 Download

This vSphere update was officially announced last week: VMware vSphere 6.7 Update 3 Announced Today, vSphere 6.7 Update 3 became generally available, and anybody can download and install or upgrade, or just use VUM to upgrade. If you only have VMUG Advantage EVALExperience with its (currently)…

Aug 20 2019

VMware vSphere 6.7 Update 3 Announced

This vSphere update was officially announced one week ago: Announcing vSphere 6.7 Update 3 Aug 13 2019 by Niels Hagoort at VMware vSphere Blog We are excited to announce the future release of VMware vSphere 6.7 Update 3. This new vSphere release comes with enhancements that will continue to…

Aug 20 2019

VMware vSphere 6.7 Update 2 is now generally available for download

This vSphere update was officially announced last week, see: Announcing vSphere 6.7 Update 2, vSphere Platinum updates, and vSphere ROBO Enterprise Apr 02 2019 by Himanshu Singh at VMware vSphere Blog I am excited to share that today we are announcing the VMware vSphere 6.7 Update 2 release,…

Apr 12 2019

VMware vSphere 6.7 Update 2 Announced

This vSphere update was officially announced earlier today: Announcing vSphere 6.7 Update 2, vSphere Platinum updates, and vSphere ROBO Enterprise Apr 02 2019 by Himanshu Singh at VMware vSphere Blog I am excited to share that today we are announcing the VMware vSphere 6.7 Update 2 release, with…

Apr 2 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