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

Dave McCabe announced podcast RESET at #BestMeetupEver 2016 where SmartHomeHQ took 360° video of TinkerTry'd SuperServer overview

I already told the story of the trials and tribulations and a failed engine starter motor, which cause our plane to make a barking dog sound. The 10 hour delay almost kept me from getting to Indianapolis this year, see also pictures below. In the end, I obviously made it, with my day-of-release…

Oct 3 2016

Windows Server 2016 ISO now available for download, Microsoft offering free datacenter licenses to VMware users*

* Customers pay only the cost of Software Assurance. See also visitor comment below. You may recall me doing a bit of Hyper-V testing and demonstration earlier this year, using the impressively-stable Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 5 (beta) code. I also tested it as a VMware ESXi 6.0U2 VM…

Oct 1 2016

Notes from MWhite - "Home Lab Decision Making – NUC and Supermicro" and "Setting up my new Supermicro vSphere host"

Putting yourself out there on the web has its benefits, including virtually meeting people from all over this planet who share tips and tricks. What a nice feeling, when I recently came across the perspective of an enthusiastic Mac/NUC/SuperServer guy who recently went through the home lab…

Sep 29 2016

How to clear or edit VMware vSphere Client's connection history cluttered with old server names and IPs

I recently figured out an easy way to clear out that sometimes long VMware vSphere Client history, as I was cleaning up my home lab and starting fresh. I believe you'll find this simple technique quite handy as well, especially if you're a busy and meticulous VMware sysadmin wishing your list…

Aug 2 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 to workaround the "The operation is not allowed in the current connection state of the host." error on vSphere 5.1 thru 6.5

Dec 23 2016 Update - same workaround works for ESXi 6.5 as well, used it in my home lab today Occasionally, I get an error. I'm using VMware ESXi 5.1 and the vCenter 5.1 appliance, and I'm logged in to the vCenter with the vSphere Client, and I simply try to power on a VM. Up pops this error: …

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