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

TinkerTry'd SuperServer featured at Virtualization Review "The Quest for the Right Virtual Home Lab Server"

Recently, I caught up with Rick Vanover of Veeam, aka, The RICKATRON. He mentioned in passing an article about home lab cravings. Nice to see somebody else noticing the promise of Intel's long-awaited Xeon D-1540/1541 SoC (System on a Chip), in the compact design of the Supermicro SuperServer…

Dec 2 2015

Free SolarWinds VM Monitor works nicely on Windows 10 to monitor your VMware ESX 3.5 right through ESXi 6.5

I recently rebuilt everything in my home lab, based on the Supermicro SuperServer SYS-5028D-TN4T. My workstation, my datacenter, it's my everything, all in one, saving cost and power. Fully backed up of course, including offsite sync of the most crucial data. I've found it super handy and useful to…

Nov 4 2015

How to download and install the Intel Xeon D 10GbE X552/X557 driver/VIB for VMware ESXi 6.x, works with the X540 PCIe card too

It's gotten very easy to install this VIB, with the easy method right up top, featuring the latest well tested Jul 19 2017 4.5.3 driver, with a full description of how I developed and tested an easy 4.5.3 install procedure below. For the original fully supported but more time consuming method for…

Nov 2 2015

Intel Xeon D-1540 10GbE X552/X557 driver/VIB for VMware ESXi 6 on Supermicro 5028D-TN4T/X10SDV-TLN4F now available!

Nov 02 2015 update - The driver was apparently never available, even for commercial vSphere license holders who have a My VMware account#. I'm very sorry for any confusion my misguided VMware Support information may have caused. I do have an active SR# opened now for this missing driver download…

Oct 30 2015

How to change Windows 10 network location from Private to Public

If you're at an airport or hotel WiFi, you'll want to be sure your Windows 10 is set to the Public network type, to block network neighborhood browsing by you, and of you. Yes, Network Location Awareness might guess wrong. As Tim Anderson explains, this can also be a common, self-induced scenario…

Oct 29 2015

Intel Xeon D-1540 10GbE X552/X557 driver/VIB for VMware ESXi 6 on Supermicro 5028D-TN4T system's X10SDV-TLN4F mobo expected by early Nov. 2015

It's here! The driver has arrived, it's fast, and easy to install. Here's the November 2nd announcement: How to download and install the Intel Xeon D-1540 10GbE X552/X557 driver/VIB for VMware ESXi 6 on Supermicro 5028D-TN4T/X10SDV-TLN4F Original article appears below: Breaking news - Intel has…

Oct 16 2015

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

Easily keep Windows 10 from sharing those big Windows Updates with PCs that aren't in your home

Looping video of the exact steps seen below. I like Windows 10, and I installed it on 7 machines this past month alone. I think it's a good idea that Windows Updates are now shared among PCs on your home network, by default. Why should each PC download the same huge files when other PC…

Aug 24 2015

The modern HTML5 way to test internet speeds, dslreports.com/speedtest

A DSLReports engineer recently contacted me to let me know about their new HTML5 speed tests. He had apparently read my informal speed tests at: Motorola Arris SB6183 16 Channel DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem, future-proof through 686 Mbps? I replied to him that I had planned to retest using his site…

Aug 16 2015

Intel Xeon D-1540 SoC 10GbE X552/X557-AT 10GBASE-T VIB for ESXi 6.0 support!

Oct 16 2015 - Breaking news - An Intel source has told me the drivers are currently undergoing certification, and should be available on the VMware HCL site in roughly 2-3 weeks! Updates added below this original article: Nov 02 2015 6:15pm eastern time - 5.5 driver available, update below! Should…

Jun 30 2015

TinkerTry's .htaccess file for no www, no trailing slashes, and all https

I make no claims to be an expert in .htaccess syntax. Back on March 22, 2015, I quietly: changed from http to https (and dropped the www and trailing slashes) changed from WordPress CMS to Kirby Flat-File CMS changed web hosting providers for TinkerTry.com This article focuses is on that first…

Jun 27 2015