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

Samsung announces 960 PRO, 960 EVO, SM961, and PM961 NVMe M.2 SSDs in up to 1TB capacity

If you've followed TinkerTry for a while, you'll know that I'm kind of a speed freak. I strive to squeeze every last bit of performance out of my careful investments. I tinker with settings to get the best speeds because I enjoy being productive and creating content without having to wait for my…

Jun 22 2016

Puget Systems publishes "Samsung 950 Pro M.2 Additional Cooling Testing"

Available now on Amazon in 256GB and 512GB sizes, 1TB was originally expected to arrive early '16. I've certainly spend a fair bit of time with my Xeon D-1540 and now Xeon D-1541 based Supermicro SuperServers, the model SYS-5028D-TN4T. One key feature for my home lab was making the best use of that…

Jun 8 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

Featured on "Home Gadget Geeks" Episode #259 "Paul Braren, Hands on with the Ring Pro and Echo Star Wars Day – HGG259"

Always an honor to join Jim on the air! When recording this on a very special May 5, 2016, also known as: Cinco de Mayo Revenge of the Fifth World Password Day 2016 I had a lot of topics on my mind, and Jim graciously gave me great freedom to roam off topic constantly. When Jim's good podcaster…

May 8 2016

Liberate your Western Digital 8TB drive from its MyBook external enclosure to pay just $250, much cheaper than internal

Backstory There have been some fun and interesting stories lately, about how absurd the mark-up sometimes is for internal 3.5" drives. Yeah, you'll get full warranty and normal stickers. But going with a similar drive that's inside an external is sometimes cheaper. Way cheaper. Amazon - WD 8TB…

Mar 30 2016

TinkerTry appearance on Microsoft Channel 9 - Everything You Need To Know About State Of The Art SSD Drives NVMe, PCIe, M.2

Recently, I had a conversation with Dan Stolts of Microsoft, who is also the creator of IT Pro Guru Blog. We've run into each other at various New England User Groups, and always enjoy talking tech things like booting from VHD on an external ThinkPad drive, or using eSATA to temporarily run another…

Mar 30 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

PC Perspective's new way to visualize snappy SSD performance, even at triple 950 PRO M.2 NVMe RAID0 speeds

Allyn Malventano has an amazing way of doing things with storage, then he has a new way. All good. Very good. Check out this page of this recent comprehensive article: Triple M.2 Samsung 950 Pro Z170 PCIe NVMe RAID Tested - Why So Snappy? where he gets into why he came up with a new Latency…

Mar 9 2016

CPU and chassis fan replacements attempt to reduce Supermicro SYS-5028D-TN4T mini-tower's already low noise levels while increasing M.2 NVMe SSD cooling

I now have measurements of watt burn and dB levels for each of the SuperServer Xeon D form factors, seen near in TinkerTry's exclusive comparison table. The mini-tower is still by far the quietest and most versatile. The faster and cheaper Samsung 960 M.2 NVMe drives run cooler than the 950 PRO, so…

Mar 4 2016

Intel's first M.2 NVMe SSD might be available by late 2016, around the time Intel Micron 3D XPoint arrives

Let me start of by stating that this was just a Virtualization User Group - Boston meeting, not an official Intel PR-approved presentation. I'm simply sharing what I learned at this event, with 2016 shaping up to be an exciting year in storage tech. So glad I made the 100 mile drive up, to meet…

Feb 26 2016

VMware Virtual SAN 6.2 Features Deduplication, Compression, and RAID5 or RAID6 over 10GbE

Back at January 2016's VTUG New England Winter Warmer 2016 in Gillette Stadium near Boston, I was walking along a hallway when I was suddenly pretty much tackled by an unusually exhuberant Peter Keilty from VMware, who I had just seen a month before at a November VMUG in Providence. What could be…

Feb 10 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

Next Generation Storage Tech Stories

Source: Intel Yeah, I read stuff. Mostly tech stuff. Once in a while, I come across something particularly lucid. Quality techie geeky stuff, with pictures. Let's start this journey back in 2013, the dawn of PCIe SSD, as NVMe was just starting to surface. Yeah, that seems like ancient history, but…

Feb 3 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

Samsung 850 EVO 2TB SSD revisited - 6 months of time, 40TBs of writes, and one firmware later...

Back on July 24th 2015, I purchased my first 850 EVO SSD. A whopping 2TB in size, which was an admittedly huge investment: My experience with the Samsung 850 EVO 2TB SSD, and how it fits into my hybrid home lab strategySee various capacities and current Samsung SSD 850 EVO pricing at Amazon. But…

Jan 30 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

Getting started with Nutanix Community Edition the easy way - using Rufus on Windows to create bootable USB for automated server install

I recently found myself involved in a Twitter discussion about getting Nutanix Community Edition going in my home virtualization lab environment. My thinking went something like this. Instead of more tiny tweet replies, how about I just figure it out using one of my SanDisk flash drives and my…

Jan 1 2016

Welcome to 2016, here's a peek into the future...

I've done such "what's ahead" pieces before, but it's been a while. Why not kick off this fresh new year by giving TinkerTry fans a glimpse at the sorts of topics they can expect to see coming up soon? Things change constantly in any successful home lab. Surprises, discoveries, and life…

Jan 1 2016

Dell XPS 15 with Samsung PM951 NVMe SSD - speed testing

DELL XPS 15 9550-4444SLV CORE I7 512GB SIGNATURE EDITION LAPTOP A family member recently got a Dell XPS 15 Core i7, with the 512GB SSD option. With a need for virtualization performance and a bit of light gaming, the extra bit of umph of the Core i7 seemed worth the trade-off in battery life. After…

Dec 24 2015

PC Perspective's Allyn Malventano and This Week in Computer Hardware's Patrick Norton talk storage tech - NASs, NVMe, M.2, StableBit, 3D XPoint, a great listen

Long road trips and podcasts go together nicely, such as my recent 2 hour Saturday excursion to a Microsoft focus group gathered by Paul Thurrott. Boy was I entertained and educated as I drove, and I kept thinking that it would sure seem likely that folks who visit TinkerTry would love to hear this…

Dec 14 2015