Today is my first day at VMware!

Dear TinkerTry Readers: Today, January 9th of 2017, is my very first day at VMware. As a Commercial Systems Engineer, my role will include demonstrating the benefits of a Software Defined Storage strategy, specifically focusing on vSAN for eastern US customers. My region is the Eastern US, with a…

Jan 9 2017

Samsung 960 EVO vs 950 PRO M.2 NVMe SSD - FLIR thermal video of VMware vSphere 6.5 Windows 10 VM cloning

It sure took a while, but the first Samsung 960 PRO and EVO shipments to US customers finally arrived the third week of December, that long saga unfolded here. So far, it's looking good! But why should only I have all the fun, as I performed my first set of confidence-building tests. I wanted to…

Jan 3 2017

The Portable Software-Defined Datacenter by Zack Widing, VMware vSAN cluster features 4 Xeon D Supermicro SuperServers

SDDC - Software-Defined Datacenter. Zack Widing, Federal Sr. Systems Engineer at VMware. When the picture above first emerged on Twitter back on December 6th, my reaction was a mix of wonder and joy, with a touch of jelly. This Zack Widing @zCloudtech has taken the Xeon D platform and run with it.…

Dec 23 2016

VMUG Advantage features EVALExperience, now with the latest VMware vSphere 6.5 inside!

I was recently in touch with a VMware contact about the issue with VMUG Advantage's aging code, not offering folks the latest vSphere 6.5 version released on Nov 15, 2016. It appears that problem has now been solved, announced today actually, have a look! Out with the old (now broken) URL: …

Dec 21 2016

Veeam Availability Suite 9.5 NFR license now available to certified IT Pros, vSphere 6.5 support coming soon

Here's highlights of Veeam's recent announcement that I received from Clint Wyckoff (@ClintWyckoff), Product Strategy Evangelist at Veeam: As you probably know, we’ve recently announced a number of features of Veeam Availability Suite 9.5. Today, I’m happy to announce that version 9.5 is here!…

Nov 22 2016

How to easily update your VMware Hypervisor to ESXi 6.5

VMware ESXi 6.5 Release Notes ESXi 6.5 | 15 NOV 2016 | ISO Build 4564106 Warning - vCenter/VCSA 6.x should be upgraded to 6.5 before upgrading your host(s) to ESXi 6.5! All the background story on how this easy ESXCLI upgrade method came about was covered in my earlier article: How to easily…

Nov 20 2016

How to easily update your VMware vCenter Server Appliance to VCSA 6.5

vCenter Server Appliance 6.5 Release Notes 15 NOV 2016 | Build 4602587 Warning - vCenter/VCSA 6.x should be upgraded to 6.5 before upgrading your host(s) to ESXi 6.5! Coming soon The TinkerTry'd method that works reliably in my home lab just isn't ready yet, I'll update this article as time…

Nov 20 2016

VMware ESXi 6.5 runs well on Xeon D Supermicro ServerServers, here's what you need to know

This article is in draft mode, and the information throughout is changing rapidly these first few days. The install of ESXi 6.5 is just as easy as the install of all ESXi 6.0.x versions before it. Given the 7 year product life design of this powerful and efficient Intel SoC (System on a chip)…

Nov 18 2016

Easy fix for Supermicro and other Xeon D systems experiencing SATA3/AHCI slowdown on ESXi 6.5

Article is a work in progress, revisit/refresh for updates. So far, I've been unable to replicate his findings on a new ESXi 6.5 install, seeing normal SATA3 speeds. Others in different circumstances may still run into this slowdown, reasons why not known yet. Details of the ongoing investigation…

Nov 16 2016

In VMware vSphere 6.5, missing functions in speedy HTML5 Web UI leaves us saddled with vSphere Web Client (Flash), C# Client still connects to hosts, but not to vSphere

Did you notice what the VMware vSphere 6.5 Release Notes mention, at this spot? Those are the (finalized?) client UI names! Yep, get ready for this: Components of VMware vSphere 6.5, including vCenter Server, ESXi, the vSphere Web Client, the vSphere Client, and the vSphere Host Client do not…

Nov 16 2016

VMware ESXi 6.5 first look at install/config featuring vSphere Host Client HTML5 Web UI

It's here! Finally, those GA bits arrived today, ready for you to download. My original article has now been updated to include the new download links: VMware vSphere 6.5 announced today, here's how to download it fast Oct 18 2016 Today, I decided to record video of my very first install of the…

Nov 15 2016

VMware vSphere 6.5 released!

It's here! Finally, those GA bits arrived today, ready for you to download. My original article has now been updated to include the new download links: VMware vSphere 6.5 announced today, here's how to download it fast Oct 18 2016 When doing both files concurrently, I was able to get about…

Nov 15 2016

Supermicro SuperServer SYS-5028D-TN4T 65 watt 12 core Xeon D-1567 uses taller heatsink and larger, slower CPU fan than 8 core 45 watt Xeon D-1541

In the article I recently published: Unboxing and assembly of first Xeon D-1567 Supermicro system, the SYS-5028D-TN4T 12 Core Bundle 2 right there, at 23 minutes and 37 seconds into the video 00:23:37 - new CPU heatsink / fan discovered ...where I notice that the CPU heatsink/fan combination…

Oct 27 2016

Check out "vSphere 6.5 – Everything You Need To Know" by Brian Graf & "Migrate 2 VCSA (you should)" podcast featuring Emad Younis

Brian Graf, VMware Senior Product Manager - HA/DRS You might remember Brian from this wonderful work of art, his extremely detailed technical poster called: PowerCLI 5.8r1 Reference Poster Now Available! You'll also see from following him @vBrianGraf that he's quite the world traveler, and I'm…

Oct 23 2016

How to use Parted Magic's Secure Erase for SSDs, updated for PCIe and M.2 NVMe

Why might you need a fast and easy way to quickly wipe all the data off any brand of SSD including PCIe NVMe and/or M.2 NVMe drives? I covered the SATA version of this back here: How to use Parted Magic's Secure Erase to restore performance of your home lab's abused SSDs This article is just an…

Oct 22 2016

VMware vSphere 6.5 announced today, here's how to download it fast

Nov 15 2016 11:00am ET - Released! Article below updated, and title changed from "VMware vSphere 6.5 announced today, here's how to download it fast, once it becomes available in Q4 2016" to "VMware vSphere 6.5 announced today, here's how to download it fast" Nov 15 2016 09:30am…

Oct 18 2016

NAKIVO Backup & Replication v6.2 released, same easy choice for VM backups, with new AWS EC2 instance support

Nov 29 2016 Critical Update - If you are already using a 6.2 release prior to today, see article updates below for details on the important, just-released Updater that's recommended for all existing v6.2.0 users. Those downloading new aren't affected. I'm so glad to hear NAKIVO Backup &…

Oct 13 2016

Check out vBrownBag's many "Focus on the expert – VMworld US 2016" video interviews, featuring Xeon D cluster demonstration

I'm honored to know Ariel Sanchez (@arielsanchezmor) for some years now, and even captured a bit of his signature happiness on camera at last year's VMworld here. Well this year, with the help of friend Jonathan Frappier (@jfrappier) and new friend Matt Crape (@MattThatITGuy), Ariel made this…

Sep 10 2016

Bug in some Intel Broadwell CPUs (Xeon D-1500 and Xeon E5/E7 v4) can result in VMware ESXi 5.5/6.0 PSODs, VMware KB 2146388 explains BIOS fix needed (FIX released Sep 14 2016)

Oct 17 2016 Update - BIOS 1.1c has been released to address this issue, details below. I haven't yet confirmed with owners whether this resolves the intermittent/rare issue. Original article below. Jun 29 2016 - First Xeon E PSOD report Xeon E5 2650v4 owner's ESXi 6.0 Build 3620759 PSOD, June 29,…

Sep 9 2016

So glad VMware is doing this, all VMworld 2016 sessions now available to the general public!

It was great running into Eric Siebert at the vExpert event last week at VMworld 2016 US. He's really been on a roll with his VMworld 2016 coverage, and this particular article seems to be of most interest to folks who visit my site, but couldn't make it to VMworld. Yes, that's most people! Let's…

Sep 7 2016

Dell-EMC merger completed today forming Dell Technologies, hear what VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger told vExperts at VMworld 2016 US

VMworld 2016 US held a nice event again this year for vExperts like myself, who have spent a lot of their personal time sharing their VMware-related knowledge and experience with others through user groups, presentations, training videos, and blogs. The perk was an evening at the The Mob Museum in…

Sep 7 2016

VMworld 2016 - The video interviews - Infinio, Micron, Supermicro, TinkerTry, and Veeam

Again this year, I had a lot of fun roaming around VMworld 2016 US with my iRig Mic, which does a solid job at keeping out the ambient noise that is typical at such conferences. iRig Mic on Amazon. You'll see me visit unprepared folks, who I asked for permission to record moments before the camera…

Sep 2 2016

AnandTech "Evaluating Futuremark's Servermark VDI on the Supermicro SYS-5028D-TN4T"

Anandtech has published an in-depth article that details not only VDI test results, but also new server testing tools from Futuremark. Given the hundreds of VMworld 2016 attendees who visited my Supermicro Xeon D VMware vSphere 6.0U2 cluster of 5 SuperServers yesterday, I won't argue with the…

Sep 1 2016

Introducing Supermicro's first Xeon D-1567, you asked for it, 12 core mini tower with even more CPU capacity strikes balance between performance, power, and cost

Sep 15 2016 Update - pre-orders of this new 12 core Bundle now available, with shipments expected to start in early October. This past winter, you may recall my observation that Supermicro's announcements of new Xeon D systems was conspicuously missing any new mini-tower form factor systems.…

Aug 31 2016