How to apply your VMUG Advantage EVALExperience vSphere 7 license keys to your home lab

This article and video assume you've already installed vSphere 7 in your home lab, and you are now seeking a little guidance on exactly how to go about applying your license keys during the 60 day evaluation period, without any interruption in running your (non-production) workloads. If you're…

May 6 2020

VMware vSphere / ESXi 7.0 GA work-around for GPU passthrough issues including disabled-after-reboot bug and UI bug

When I was upgrading my primary Supermicro SuperServer Workstation / Datacenter, I ran into some strange problems with getting passthrough working. What would happen is that I'd get everything squared away, and boot my Windows 10 VM with my AMD Radeon 7750 GPU successfully passed through, as I've…

Apr 25 2020

Folding@homelab - Inspiring podcasts about the global vCommunity, with nerd stats on TinkerTry's 4 F@h VMs on VMware ESXi 7.0 on 4 Xeon D Servers

If you haven't already come across my article with a walk-through video about how easy it is to get started with Folding@home VMs, have a look! VMware Appliance for Folding@home - help researchers unfold the mystery of diseases like Coronavirus/COVID-19 virtually Mar 21 2020 It's now been about…

Apr 15 2020

Quick look at 5 VMware vSphere 7.0 features & tips to organize and personalize your vSphere Client

I thought I'd sprinkle a bit of home lab cheer for you all in this world-wide cooped-up weekend we're all in together. I thought you might find at least one or two tips in here that you didn't already know about vSphere Web Client, let me know! Got some more tips? Here's your chance for fame, just…

Apr 2 2020

How to upgrade from VMware vSphere 6.7 to vSphere 7.0, vCenter/VCSA first, then ESXi host(s) next

A nice dark-mode view of the TinkerTry Datacenter, consisting of 3 Xeon D-1500 systems and 1 Xeon D-2100 system. This is a placeholder, where I'll be describing the process of install, featuring most walk-through video for now. If you've done these updates before, this library of walk-through…

Apr 2 2020

VMware vSphere 7.0 is now GA, here's how to download it right away!

TLDR - To get downloading, the main VMware download page with all the stuff to sift through is here, with guidances on what exact files to get from where detailed below! If you're more of a YouTube watcher and you want to see what the ugprades to 7.0 are like, here's the article featuring informal…

Apr 2 2020

William Lam's "Homelab considerations for vSphere 7" predicts an easy install for Xeon D Supermicro SuperServers!

Back on March 10 2020, VMware announced vSphere 7. On Thursday, April 2nd, they've got a launch event planned, and I was originally hoping it'd also be the day we can finally get our hands-on the GA level bits. Like many others, I'll be having myself a close look at both the vExpert downloads and…

Mar 31 2020

VMware Appliance for Folding@home - help researchers unfold the mystery of diseases like COVID-19 virtually

Tips added since initial publication: There are server-side issues that result in failing to get work assigned to your VM, see ongoing discussions here, new automatic bigadv on 16 CPU or larger VMs seems to have helped. I have now published a short video of downloading/deploying/configuring 1.0.1…

Mar 21 2020

VMware vSphere 7 Announced

Check out the many related articles on the web in my See Also section below. If you're feeling kinda TLDR, try the video gallery below, with General Availability expected by May 1 2020. This long awaited major vSphere release was officially announced earlier today, and I've included 3 key excerpts…

Mar 10 2020

VMUG Advantage EVALExperience is serious about home labs with a 10% discount for TinkerTry readers and now includes VCF and SRM too!

Backstory Last week, this timely twitter exchange occurred, seen at right. JD Wallace noticed that the code at VMUG Advantage isn't always quite at the very latest patch level. The kind volunteer who updates the VMUG Advantage EVALExperience growing library of huge files does so on a quarterly…

Nov 5 2019

Today is my first day at Dell Technologies as an Advisory vArchitect!

Dear TinkerTry Readers: Today, October 28th of 2019, is my very first day at Dell! To be more precise, I'm now an Advisory vArchitect at Dell Techologies, and I'm quite glad to finally be able to share the news. Dell EMC, Rocky Hill, Connecticut. As a 21-year IBM veteran with a background in…

Oct 28 2019

My VMware vSphere 6.7 Update 3 Upgrade Experience

This vSphere update was officially announced 6.7 Update 3 last week, and yesterday, it became available to download. For folks with only VMUG Advantage EVALExperience with its (currently) older 6.7 Update 2 VMware-VMvisor-Installer-6.7.0.update02-13006603.x86_64.iso they can instead use ESXCLI to…

Aug 21 2019

VMware vSphere 6.7 Update 3 Download

This vSphere update was officially announced last week: VMware vSphere 6.7 Update 3 Announced Today, vSphere 6.7 Update 3 became generally available, and anybody can download and install or upgrade, or just use VUM to upgrade. If you only have VMUG Advantage EVALExperience with its (currently)…

Aug 20 2019

VMware vSphere 6.7 Update 3 Announced

This vSphere update was officially announced one week ago: Announcing vSphere 6.7 Update 3 Aug 13 2019 by Niels Hagoort at VMware vSphere Blog We are excited to announce the future release of VMware vSphere 6.7 Update 3. This new vSphere release comes with enhancements that will continue to…

Aug 20 2019

VTUG Summer Slam 2019 was the last VTUG ever! Thanks for the memories, Dawn, Chris, and Chris!

If you're just here for the nostalgia, no problem, check out the Photos, Videos below, or have a look back at all my VTUG tweets. Don't get misty on me, not yet, I got more for you, read on... Magic moment #1 One of the most touching moments in my IT career ever was thanks to Matt Broberg…

Jul 24 2019

NAKIVO Backup & Replication v9.0 adds agent based physical Windows Server backups to existing VMware 6.7 and Hyper-V 2019 backup capabilities

Turn Your QNAP, Synology, ASUSTOR, WD, or Netgear NAS into a VM Backup Appliance, claiming to improve backup performance by up to 2X and offload your IT infrastructure I recently wrote about NAKIVO v8.5.2 with detailed walk-thru install and configure videos, see that detailed article here: NAKIVO…

Jul 24 2019

NAKIVO Backup & Replication v8.5.2 arrives with VMware vSphere 6.7 Update 2 support

Turn Your QNAP, Synology, ASUSTOR, WD, or Netgear NAS into a VM Backup Appliance, claiming to improve backup performance by up to 2X and offload your IT infrastructure It's no secret that I appreciate the simplicity of installing the NAKIVO Backup & Replication appliance in my home's personal…

May 27 2019

VMware vSphere 6.7 Update 2 is now generally available for download

This vSphere update was officially announced last week, see: Announcing vSphere 6.7 Update 2, vSphere Platinum updates, and vSphere ROBO Enterprise Apr 02 2019 by Himanshu Singh at VMware vSphere Blog I am excited to share that today we are announcing the VMware vSphere 6.7 Update 2 release,…

Apr 12 2019

VMware vSphere 6.7 Update 2 Announced

This vSphere update was officially announced earlier today: Announcing vSphere 6.7 Update 2, vSphere Platinum updates, and vSphere ROBO Enterprise Apr 02 2019 by Himanshu Singh at VMware vSphere Blog I am excited to share that today we are announcing the VMware vSphere 6.7 Update 2 release, with…

Apr 2 2019

New Veeam Backup & Replication Community Edition for home labs is free!

Dear Home Lab Enthusiast with data to protect: Today's Veeam announcement was big. A way to run enterprise level software with all the features you need for a lab environment, with none of the guilt. That's right, up to 10 VMs, and physical systems too! Got your attention? Read on! I started using…

Mar 26 2019

Synology DiskStation DS1618+ NAS First Look featuring 10GbE!

Disclosure - This test unit was provided by Synology. It's an evaluation, with no promises or stipulations about what content I produce. No money, no Synology advertisements placed. "TinkerTry.com, LLC" may earn a modest commission from readers who use the shopping links below. Backstory…

Mar 11 2019

How to configure VMware ESXi 6.7 or later for VMDirectPath I/O pass-through of any NVMe SSD, such as Windows 10 1809 installed directly on an Intel 900P booted in an EFI VM

Notice the 900P U.2 NVMe SSD above the motherboard There was a little-discussed and finally mature capability that arrived with VMware ESXi 6.5, back in November of 2016. See Amazon for the Intel Optane SSD 900P Series, but this consumer drive might not be ideal for most home virtualization lab…

Nov 28 2018

Vote for your favorite virtualization blogs in various categories, takes about 4 minutes

Eric Siebert is clearly a very hard working guy, writing, collecting, collating. Just look what he goes through to get this voting process ready, see also The history of the top blog voting over the years. So if you feel his work to motivate and strengthen the ever-growing virtualization community…

Nov 27 2018

vSphere 6.7 Update 1 Released

On Aug 27 2018, VMware announced many improvements coming in vSphere 6.7 Update 1 / vSAN 6.7 Update 1, which I wrote about here. On Oct 16 2018, the VCSA and ESXi ISO bits became available for download, seen on Virtually Ghetto here including release notes and download links. As usual, you'll want…

Oct 18 2018