Intel released Intel Xeon D 10GbE X552/X557 driver version 4.5.3 today for VMware ESXi, testing underway

I'm in the middle of testing this driver. Keep an eye on the process at this spot in the original article: How to download and install the Intel Xeon D 10GbE X552/X557 driver/VIB for VMware ESXi 6.x, works for X540 too Nov 02 2015 that has been updated many times since it was initially published.…

Oct 31 2017

VMUG Advantage EVALExperience includes latest VMware vRealize Log Insight 4.5 syslog server appliance for easy vSphere, vSAN, IoT, and networking gear log file analysis

Main Dashboard looks pretty cool, click the image to zoom in and have a look around. Boo hoo, my 10GbE network falls to 1GbE and can't get up I was working with Netgear ProSUPPORT Services for Business Users on an issue I was having with one of my 2 Xeon D SuperServers this past summer.…

Oct 16 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

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

TinkerTry Highlights 001

TinkerTry Highlights New tech evolves quickly, TinkerTry's agility reflects that reality My ongoing home tinkering tends to bring new insights to previously published topics. As I explained here, when the technical updates below articles are significant, I'm pulling together a curated list of those…

Oct 19 2016

ASUS XG-U2008 fanless unmanaged network switch - $249 gets 8 1GbE ports and 2 10GbE ports for my Xeon D two-node cluster

The ASUS XG-U2008 switch is available at Amazon, B&H, and Newegg, see also specifications. These are affiliate links, see disclosure below every article for details. Video unboxing in 4K, and testing under VMware ESXi 6.0U2, here. That purple Netgear XS708T is about as wide as the 2 Xeon D…

Oct 12 2016

iPhone 7 Plus really does perform 2 to 3 times faster than iPhone 6 Plus

Plane Tales - why my iPhone 7 Plus was delivered to the airport At 3am on Friday, September 9th, one of my sons and I awoke to place orders for my extended family's iPhone 7 Plus upgrades from iPhone 6 Plus. Despite getting all the orders completed from 3:18am to 3:43am, the estimated delivery wait…

Sep 22 2016

Replaced my Linksys router with an eero 3 pack after also testing Luma mesh surround Wi-Fi, faster wireless in every room has arrived!

The eero 3 Pack is available at Amazon, Best Buy, or eero for ~$500 USD. The Luma 3 pack is available at Amazon, Best Buy, or Luma for ~$400 USD. Backstory It's been 3 years since my family moved up to 802.11ac with the careful decision to go with the Linksys EA6900 AC1900 Dual-Band Wi-Fi router.…

Aug 21 2016

First look at Ubiquiti mPower Pro power strip, home lab pricing, enterprise features, uncertain future

Ever wonder if there's an affordable power strip that you could add to your home network that would give you insight into the power usage of up to 8 devices, and allow remote power on/off operations? If you're willing to tolerate a bit of initial setup pain that requires a back-level Java and a…

Aug 17 2016

Netgear XS708T managed 8 port 10GbE switch unboxed, noise and power draw measured - suited for Xeon D cluster

What do you look for when you're trying to build a 3 node test/demo cluster, with each Xeon D system blessed with two copper 10GbE ports each? Product Page - XS708T – ProSAFE® 10 Gigabit Smart Managed Switch, Model / Version: XS708T How about a relatively quiet switch that doesn't burn…

Jul 31 2016

Cisco SG112-24 unmanaged 24 port gigabit switch unboxed - efficient, fanless, and surprisingly affordable

How does a 24 port metal-bodied compact switch from Cisco sound? Quiet! Yes, no fans, always a good thing for home labs. Cisco Its compact size also makes this a nice choice for more user group demonstrations, to be announced soon. Unmanaged, efficient (as you'll see in the video), and silent. Just…

Jul 31 2016

Sneak preview of the upcoming HTML5 version of Supermicro Xeon D iKVM remote management shows you can't jettison Java quite yet

You've likely been itching to get rid of that pesky Java requirement if you want to remotely administer your Supermicro gear that's blessed with free IPMI/BMC/iKVM. Especially if you read my closely-related posts earlier this year: Supermicro's beloved iKVM Console Redirection is dumping…

Jul 27 2016

HTTP/2 testing happening at TinkerTry.com, speed-up not currently available on Chrome (Fixed on Sep 20 2016, ALPN now implemented!)

You can confirm whether any page has HTTP/2 enabled by simply visiting KeyCDN's handy online checker: HTTP/2 Test Verify - HTTP/2.0 Support Cloudways Support Center - How to Enable HTTP/2 on Your Web Apps There's some risk of embarrassment here, as I reveal even more of the underbelly of…

Jun 17 2016

Supermicro Redfish API in IPMI firmware 3.3 also supports HTML5 UI

Just a little follow-up about this Redfish API, given it's been a while since this related post: Supermicro's beloved iKVM Console Redirection is dumping problem-ridden Java for HTML5, yay! Mar 08 2016 at TinkerTry It does seem we're getting closer to having something to try on our X10 Generation…

Jun 4 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

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

Upgrade Supermicro Xeon D-1540/1541 from BIOS 1.0b/1.0c to 1.1 for identical features, including SR-IOV for 10GbE!

Download ONLY if you have a SYS-5028D-TN4T with the standard X10SDV-TLN4F motherboard, click the image, select "BIOS" then download. Get the new BIOS 1.1 download X10SDVF6_302.zip Build your DOS bootable USB flash drive I have good news. I've been testing the latest BIOS 1.1 from…

Mar 12 2016

Supermicro's beloved iKVM Console Redirection is dumping problem-ridden Java for HTML5, yay!

Updates to this article added below. People love their remote admin, especially in lights-out datacenters and discreet home labs. Tucking a server away, without needing a locally attached keyboard/video/mouse ever, is a great advantage from a noise and heat perspective. Since you can mount ISO…

Mar 8 2016

Supermicro debuts new compact Intel Xeon Processor D based products and complete servers/storage solutions at Embedded World, Nuremberg

Preliminary pricing info is starting to appear, read more below. Supermicro Press Release Today's Supermicro Press release has all the details about the debut of 12 and 16 core Xeon D-1500 systems and motherboards: Supermicro® Debuts New Compact Intel® Xeon® Processor D Based Products and…

Feb 23 2016

Supermicro SuperServer SYS-5028D-TN4T mini-tower available in 1U version featured in 3 node PernixData $10K give-away

This past December, you may recall Veeam's $10K give-away story: Register by Dec 22 to win Veeam's year-end $10K home lab global giveaway, your chance to get a free Supermicro SuperServer Bundle? that featured a chance to win the same Supermicro SuperServer SYS-5028D-TN4T mini-tower that many…

Feb 14 2016

First Look - SR-IOV support in Intel Xeon D-1541

[Jump down below the article to see updates.] It's early days folks. The Intel Xeon D-1541 isn't yet widely available. While I know that ASRock, and Gigabyte are offering Xeon D-1540/1541 solutions, I'm currently using a loaner system, the Supermicro SuperServer SYS-5028D-TN4T, with the usual…

Feb 11 2016

My 8 core Intel Xeon D-1541 arrives by mid February, no ETA on 12 and 16 core models

It's time. By mid-February, I'll have a new Supermicro SYS-5028D-TN4T mini-tower to tinker with for a bit. Since word got out last November, perhaps you've been patiently waiting for this 2nd wave to arrive, of the beloved Xeon D-1500 SoC (System on a Chip). This article gives you a summary of what…

Feb 3 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