The Xeon D Supermicro SuperServer "Bundle 2" of joy, a complete home datacenter virtualization solution that really flies

FlightAware.com composite map, Dec 08 2016. I'm flying with this home datacenter tomorrow, to present at my 14th user group presentation this year. This time, it's to one of the biggest VMware User Groups in the US, over in Minneapolis Minnesota! OK, I'm not actually trying to fly with that UPS…

Dec 7 2016

Three more chances at seeing a TinkerTry Xeon D SuperServer virtualization demo in 2016, at VMUGs in Vermont, Florida, and Minnesota!

All the details about these 3 remaining demonstrations in 2016 are found here: TinkerTravels 2016 - More than a dozen technical demonstrations at a variety of user groups and conferences where you'll also be able to scroll back and see the 9 other presentations that already happened! Google Maps…

Oct 6 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

Experts 2 Experts Virtualization Conference 2016 Las Vegas - presentation featuring live demonstration

The Presentation Soon, there might be video available of my demonstration that was projected for the attendees, but currently, anybody can see the exact slide deck I used: bit.ly/e2evc I also promised attendees that I'd be sharing the step-by-step video I recorded, as I was actually getting my…

Jun 2 2016

Another great Connecticut VMUG UserCon yesterday, with VMUG member presentation "The Ultimate Home Lab"

Yesterday was a blast for me, meeting so many IT Professionals who are also my neighbors. I even had a chance to get to catch up with these two inspiring key-noters: Gurusimran Khalsa, Senior Technical Marketing Manager at VMware, and blogger vbrowncoat.com, who I had briefly met before at The…

Mar 2 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

Home Server Show Meetup 2015 - My experience and my Superserver presentation

I'm adding all my photos, videos, and updates under the original post: "The 5th Annual Home Server Show Meetup" in Indianapolis Sep 12 2015 - TinkerTry will be there! John is a guy who actually read my stuff about RAID [4 years ago!], graceful ESXi shutdown, and RDM mappings. Nobody…

Sep 12 2015

VMworld 2015 - Thank you, each and every company that sponsors VMworld Spousetivities!

After many years of attending conferences solo, I was very glad to easily convince my wife to come along for a San Francisco adventure this year, enjoying some time off from work. Given I knew I had a rather busy schedule planned, the existence of Spousitivities (Spouse activities) was the deciding…

Sep 8 2015

VMworld 2015 - My experience

This post will be filled in over the next few days, highlighting my personal experiences at VMworld 2015. A lot happening here, especially given I'm here as both a blogger and a presenter. Also a lot of fun, seeing so many familiar faces from the northeast like Matt Brender and Mark Gabryjelski,…

Sep 1 2015

Blogging and presenting at VMworld 2015 San Francisco, many chances to meet you!

If you are attending VMworld 2015 San Francisco, I sure hope you can stop by and introduce yourself to me, with numerous opportunities to do so. Even if you can't attend, I'll be trying to capture a taste of what it's like at VMworld through stories right here at TinkerTry. This is my first VMworld…

Aug 26 2015

The Reckoning 2015 - TinkerTry will be there!

Sep 23 Update - see also The Reckoning 2015 - My experience You may recall me announcing recently that I'm headed to VMworld soon: VMworld 2015 Schedule Builder is now available, featuring my first VMworld presentation, a live VVol demo! I'm also honored to be enjoying my 3rd trip to meet up…

Aug 15 2015

"The 5th Annual Home Server Show Meetup" in Indianapolis Sep 12 2015 - TinkerTry will be there!

The stars started to align recently, with an unused personal flight voucher making all the difference, along with finding out some conflicting work travel had shifted. So it was with great joy that I was able to reach out to leader David McCabe earlier today, to coordinate some logistics for a very…

Jul 29 2015

Help shape VMworld 2015 by casting your votes for presentation ideas by May 26th (or May 27th!)

If you're planning to get to VMworld 2015 this year, please consider checking out the massive list of possible topics that the recent call for papers generated. Take a moment to give a thumbs up for the proposals that appeal to you. Here's VMware's recent blog post about the voting, and here's the…

May 20 2015

TinkerTry at Connecticut VMUG USERCON doing a live virtualization lab demo

[pictures of the event now available below] It's an honor to have been invited to present at the Connecticut VMUG UserCon on May 21, 2015. What's extra nifty here is that participating at the demo zone at this UserCon also turned into an offer to record a 14 minute video that will soon be appearing…

May 20 2015

How I landed on SiliconANGLE TV's theCUBE at VTUG Winter Warmer 2015 to talk about virtualization home labs and blogging

I've never been all that comfortable with public speaking. Which is why I try to face my fears and tackle user group presentations, podcast guesting, and Hangouts on Air somewhat regularly. I know I can teach a group of up to 10 IT Professionals comfortably, having done numerous VMware Jumpstarts…

Jan 16 2015

Presenting at New York City VMUG July 24 2014, “Insecure about using public WiFi? Connect to your home’s OpenVPN appliance, for free.”

.PDF version of presentation: Connect to your home's OpenVPN appliance, for free - NYC VMUG Jul24 2014.pdf See also step by step guide: Using your home network’s ESXi or Hyper-V OpenVPN appliance to safely use public WiFi Living in Southern New England, specifically, in scenic Central…

Jul 21 2014

Presented at Security BSides Boston on May 10 2014, "Insecure about using public WiFi? Connect to your home's OpenVPN appliance, for free."

by Paul Braren, May 2013 by Paul Braren, May 2014 I'm fortunate enough to live only 2 hours away from the Microsoft NERD Center, founded in 2008. The employees there have long been open to a bit of fun, even on Father's Day, and open to a wide variety of free user group meetings for the IT…

May 10 2014

The Virtualization Technology User Group - 8th Annual Winter Warmer 2014 at Gillette Stadium, with >1,000 IT Pros!

A great collection of VTUG Winter Warmer 2014 Videos, thanks Chris Harney! It's cold. It's dark. It's foggy. It's winter, in New England. The perfect time to head on over to the Gillette Stadium to hang out with over a thousand other IT Professionals, and talk about virtualization! C'mon, let's…

Jan 22 2014

The Virtualization Technology Users Group Fall Forward 2013

Fall Forward 2013 Agenda & Breakout Sessions. Another wonderful event, thank you Chris Harney @csharney! See also Virtualization Technology User Group Summer Slam 2013. Met a lot of new folks, learned a lot in the breakout sessions, and enjoyed some beautiful autumn weather on the drive…

Oct 19 2013

"The 3rd Annual Home Server Show Meetup" in Indianapolis Sep 21 2013 - TinkerTry'll be there!

The 3rd Annual Home Server Show Meetup Image compilation courtesy of David McCabe of Home Server Show. That’s me taking the picture of Chris Kenney. Fun related tweet (seen at right) here. Big event originally announced here, with over 70 registered attendees already, with room for a few…

Sep 16 2013

Got to hear "Virtualization Security for the IT Guy/Gal" by Mike Foley at my local VMUG today

Today, those of us here in Southern New England owe a thank you to Kelser's Matthew Kozloski, who sponsored and ran this fun and educational Hartford VMUG Meeting. The unique outdoors setting made for a picturesque backdrop at the Northwest Park Picnic Pavilion. The opportunity to meet new folks…

Aug 13 2013

Virtualization Technology User Group Summer Slam 2013 in Brunswick Maine

Here's the fun email I received a while back YOU’RE INVITED: Summer Slam VTUG (aka NEVMUG) and Lobstah Bake! Hey All, I wanted to reach out to the VTUG community. As most of you know Summer Slam 2013 is fast approaching. It is a great event and in this day and age of training budgets being cut,…

Aug 1 2013

Presented at Security BSides Boston on May 18 2013, "Build Your Own VMWare ESXi and Microsoft Hyper-V lab at Home, Using Affordable and Efficient Hardware"

To view the slide deck, the presentation itself, click here, or just view it below. Soon, there'll be video playback from the event as well, available here once published. Having never been to a security user group event before, I initially felt like a bit of an outsider, but felt very welcome in…

May 18 2013