How to easily update your VMware vCenter Server Appliance from VCSA 6.5 to 6.5.0a

VMware Release Notes for vCenter Server Appliance 6.5.0a | 02 FEB 2017 | Build 4944578 Warning: vCenter/VCSA 6.5 should be upgraded to 6.5.0a before upgrading your host(s) to ESXi 6.5.0a! Once in a while, things are easy. One of the selling points of making the big move from vCenter+Windows to…

Feb 7 2017

How to easily update your VMware Hypervisor from ESXi 6.x to 6.5.0a

VMware Release Notes for ESXi 6.5.0a | 02 FEB 2017 | ISO Build 4887370 What's New This release of ESXi 6.5.0a adds support for NSX 6.3.0. This release also delivers a bug fix that has been documented in the Resolved Issues section. As seen at bottom-right of the screenshot above, vSAN fixes too! …

Feb 3 2017

Samsung 960 PRO/EVO/SM961 M.2 NVMe SSD disappearance workaround is to power cycle, boot from NVMe problems also reported, firmware 2B7QCXE7 appears to fix EVO

This article has had several significant additions since initially published, to incorporate new findings from amazingly helpful readers who commented below, including a new 960 EVO firmware 2B7QCXE7 that seems to have solved the issue for me on Jan 29 2017, no word on 960 PRO yet. I'm apparently…

Jan 2 2017

How to fix DNS short name lookup failures on Ubiquiti EdgeRouter firmware v1.9.1

Ubiquiti EdgeRouter Lite Available at Amazon, B&H, and Newegg for under $90 USD. Which EdgeRouters? There are other members of the Ubiquiti EdgeRouter family that use this same v1.9.1 firmware, so this article likely applies to those folks as well, including: ERLite-3 and ERPoe-5 ER-8,…

Jan 1 2017

How to remap F2 in Supermicro iKVM Remote Console to get to VMware ESXi "Customize System/View Logs"

The Java-based iKVM is not long for this world. The remaining IPMI bugs, along with many Supermicro owners not able to upgrade to IPMI 3.3.x or later, mean that not everybody is able to move to HTML5, see also my recent: How to map a network share to boot from ISO, moving Supermicro Java iKVM to…

Nov 25 2016

How to easily update your VMware Hypervisor to ESXi 6.5

VMware ESXi 6.5 Release Notes ESXi 6.5 | 15 NOV 2016 | ISO Build 4564106 Warning - vCenter/VCSA 6.x should be upgraded to 6.5 before upgrading your host(s) to ESXi 6.5! All the background story on how this easy ESXCLI upgrade method came about was covered in my earlier article: How to easily…

Nov 20 2016

How to easily update your VMware vCenter Server Appliance to VCSA 6.5

vCenter Server Appliance 6.5 Release Notes 15 NOV 2016 | Build 4602587 Warning - vCenter/VCSA 6.x should be upgraded to 6.5 before upgrading your host(s) to ESXi 6.5! Different approaches The TinkerTry'd method that works reliably in my home lab just isn't ready yet, I'll update this article as…

Nov 20 2016

VMware ESXi 6.5 runs well on Xeon D Supermicro ServerServers, here's what you need to know

The install of ESXi 6.5 is just as easy as the install of all ESXi 6.0.x versions before it. Given the 7 year product life design of this powerful and efficient Intel SoC (System on a chip) targetted at virtualization workloads, I expected no less. I have a video below that goes through the simple…

Nov 18 2016

Download Windows 10 Anniversary Update Disk Image (ISO File) for your clean install PCs and VMs

With the initial release of Windows 10 a year ago, first, there's was the Media Creation Tool that can either upgrade the Windows 7/8.1 system you're working on to Windows 10, or download Windows.ISO for installation on another PC. With yesterday's release of Windows 10 Summer Update, the official…

Aug 3 2016

Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE network backups to Windows Server 2016 with Dedup, a promising combination

If you backup many family PCs, you'll want to start by reading this article: Server Storage at Microsoft The official blog of the Windows Server storage engineering teams: Data Deduplication in Windows Server 2016 Apr 01 2016 by Will Gries at blogs.technet.microsoft.com Since we introduced Data…

Jun 29 2016

Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE works well with Windows Server 2016 (beta) already, here's how

Jun 27 2016 Update - Veeam's Anton Gostev has left a word of warning below, please read before you proceed! I actually enjoy playing around with beta code, because I like getting a peek at where things are headed. I also enjoy hitting the ground running, when the final product finally arrives. For…

Jun 25 2016

How to easily install Windows Server 2016/Hyper-V on an Intel Xeon D Supermicro SuperServer

This is a basic overview article that highlights the steps that I walk you through in the accompanying video below. Featuring my live recording last week, as I was preparing the freshly unboxed server for two virtualization meetup demonstrations. Microsoft's Dan Stolts, Chief Technology Strategist,…

Jun 17 2016

How to easily install VMware ESXi 6.0 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 last week, as I was preparing the fresh server for a virtualization conference I was flying to later that same day. The video is a bit…

Jun 3 2016

Use Chrome for VMware-related taskbar shortcuts, unclutter your browser-based UIs so they look like native apps!

Table of Contents - add vSphere admin shortcuts to your taskbar Use these links to jump to each section's step-by-step instructions for: vSphere Client - legacy Win32 C# client, likely to be deprecated soon ESXi Embedded Host Client - HTML5/JavaScript UI for ESXi vSphere HTML5 Web Client -…

Apr 2 2016

How to enable higher Windows VGA resolutions on both your monitor and your Supermicro Remote Console

If you are running Windows 8, 8.1, or 10, or Windows Server 2012R2 or 2016, you will likely quickly notice you're seemingly stuck at a rather anemic 800x600 resolution. Ok, you're not gaming on your server, but these days, it's also rather hard to get any real UI work done at that resolution. This…

Mar 23 2016

How to easily update your VMware Hypervisor to ESXi 6.0 Update 2

VMware ESXi 6.0 Update 2 Release Notes ESXi 6.0 Update 2 | 15 MAR 2016 | ISO Build 3620759, if you just want to see the super easy update via CLI steps, jump below. Backstory Embedded Host Client Embedded Host Client, baked right into ESXi 6.0U2! Guess what, ESXi Embedded Host Client is included…

Mar 16 2016

How to easily update your VMware vCenter Server Appliance to VCSA 6.0 Update 2

VMware vCenter Server 6.0 Update 2 Release Notes 15 MARCH 2016 | ISO Build 3634788, if you just want to see the super easy update via CLI steps or VAMI web UI, jump below. Backstory If you're using VCSA 6.0, Update 1 introduced the new Appliance Management Interface. Think re-incarnated Virtual…

Mar 16 2016

How to manually reset your Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE database

If you just want to view the steps and see the video about the reset procedure, jump below. Backstory I've used Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE (VEB) on about 30 PCs and VMs since late 2014 beta days. We're up to a mature and polished version 1.1.2.119 now, and I still regularly use it on 6 key Windows…

Mar 12 2016

TinkerTravels 2016 - More than a dozen technical demonstrations at a variety of user groups and conferences

I like to be sure I have something to say, before I accept an offer to speak at a user group or conference. Just so happens that with all the innovation in CPUs and SSDs over the past year, I sure do! I love tinkering with hardware, and will of course be mixing it up with virtualization software…

Feb 3 2016

VMware Workstation and Fusion teams let go, what could this mean

I'm not yet sure what to think of this recent news, and I'm not alone. My tribute to VMware Workstation, Player, and the amazing Hosted UI team. https://t.co/6KL12u1ziK— Christian Hammond (@chipx86) January 26, 2016 Chris Hammond A Tribute to VMware Workstation, Fusion, and Hosted UI …

Jan 27 2016

You can boot from a Samsung 950 PRO NVMe M.2 SSD in a PCIe slot - tested with Supermicro 5028D-TN4T & Lycom DT-120 M.2 to PCIe adapter

Lycom DT-120 M.2 to PCIe adapter. I have the 950 PRO booting Windows 10 from the PCIe slot, using the $20 adapter pictured at right. Works just the same as when it was installed in the M.2 slot. The speeds are the same. No special drivers required for the initial install, it just works. You can…

Jan 27 2016

New Windows 10 NVMe driver 1.4.7.16 released for Samsung SSD 950 PRO M.2

From the Samsung NVMe Driver Version 1.1 Installation Guide. Available now on Amazon in 256GB and 512GB sizes, 1TB not expected until early 2016. Just in case you've got yourself a Samsung 950 PRO PCIe NVMe M.2 internal SSD, there's a new Windows 10 device driver for you, and a new Samsung…

Jan 26 2016

Ultimate guide to mousing your way across multiple Windows 10 desktops with ease for an instant productivity boost

Train your Logitech mouse to do new tricks! Logitech SetPoint can allow mouse button controls instead of awkward multi-key shortcuts, for instantly navigating among multiple desktops See how to use this almost hidden but very useful Windows 10 productivity feature at Microsoft at: Multiple desktops…

Jan 16 2016

Recommended BIOS Settings for Supermicro SuperServer SYS-5028D-TN4T

See also my recent article about performance optimized BIOS settings that includes a way to quickly and easily revert to the general purpose settings in this article, just in case you don't wish to have to do this 7 minute procedure twice. Given there are so many use case scenarios, no BIOS setting…

Jan 15 2016