October 2021 Boston VMUG UserCon Presentation - The future of USB/SD in the vSphere Data Center and Home Lab

As promised to attendees, my presentation from today's Boston VMUG. Always a great honor to be asked to speak, so glad that I had this chance to co-present with Matt Kosloski! See also my new article referenced in the presentation. No future for booting ESXi from USB in VMware home labs, using…

Oct 27 2021

No future for booting ESXi from USB in VMware home labs, using max endurance microSD for ESXi 7.0U3 now, SATA/SATADOM or M.2 later

It's been well over a year since we learned that vSphere 7.0 was making big changes in filesystem layout of the hypervisor. It's gotten even tougher with 7.0 Update 2, more writes and some more troubles, see also recent articles about the use of USB devices to boot ESXi by William Lam and Duncan…

Oct 26 2021

Supermicro SYS-5028D-TN4T mini-tower/Wiredzone Bundles are on the VCG for ESXi 7.0 Update 3

The title says it all, even thought vSphere 7.0 Update 3 only became generally available on October 5 2021, Supermicro has already listed their popular SYS-5028D-TN4T mini-tower on the VMware Compatibility Guide here. This means full support continues! I'm quite relieved about this, as it's been…

Oct 9 2021

VMware vSphere 7 Update 3 and Microsoft Windows 11 both arrived on October 5 2021, many great lessons learned the hard way but testing is going well

To my delight and surprise, both VMware vSphere 7.0 Update 3 and Microsoft Windows 11 went GA on the same exact day, October 5 2021! Windows 11 has had quite a bit of attention since it's release as a Windows Insider Preview, and much of the controversy has surrounded the ability to run it under…

Oct 8 2021

VMware vSphere 7.0 Update 3 is now GA, here's how to download it any which way!

Table of Contents VMware vSphere 7.0 Update 3 was released on Oct 5 but isn't available for download on all 4 channels listed below quite yet, it's only on my.vmware.com so far. If you're already on 7.0x, you don't have to wait, backu up first, then you can upgrade your VCSA 7.x using just VAMI,…

Oct 6 2021

vSphere 7.0 Update 3 What's New article, video, and podcast from VMware

VMware vSphere 7.0 Update 3 video was released on Sep 28, 2021, as was the blog post vSphere 7 Update 3 - What's New. While there's no generally available release date announced yet, you can refer to the many new blog posts showing up today at core.vmware.com/blog, including the always-wonderful…

Sep 28 2021

VMware vSphere 7.0 Update 2c is now GA, here's how to download it any which way!

Table of Contents VMware vSphere 7.0 Update 2c was released on August 24 and isn't available for download on all 4 channels listed below quite yet, it's only on my.vmware.com so far. Don't worry, you can still get your lab updated to 7.0U2c now, read onward for details. I'll update this article…

Aug 26 2021

How to get Windows 11 Insider Preview running as a VMware ESXi 7 VM

On Oct 5th, Windows 11 became now Generally Available! I've added a new video to the library below using an alternative technique Install Windows 11 as VM on VMware vSphere / Workstation without TPM 2.0 chipset by Ivo Beerens. Step-by-step upgrade instructions and video below! If you already have a…

Aug 1 2021

Synology DSM 7.0 Announced, Release Candidate now available featuring a faster UI and improved ease-of-use ease-of-use

TinkerTry Home Lab Testing of Synology DS1618+ and DS1621xs+. DSM 6.2.x at left, DSM 7.x at right. Click/tap twice to zoom in. DSM 7 has made getting started even easier. Introduction This article is a natural follow-on to my previous, closely-related article about some hands-on time I had with…

Jun 23 2021

VMUG Advantage video series - blogger tips

I was recently having a discussion with the leadership at the VMUG Organization, and given my 10 year anniversary of blogging happened this month, we decided together that it'd be a good idea for me to publish some short tips videos about blogging. I have a problem with being succinct (just look at…

Jun 10 2021

VMware ESXi 7.0 Update 2a not available yet via ESXCLI (Update - available on Apr 29 2021)

This is just a quick, fleeting article about my tinkering in my home lab tonight, featuring a video of me trying to lab test the ESXCLI method of updating my ESXi 7.0 Update 2 (VMware ESXi 7.0.2 Build 17630552) to ESXi 7.0 Update 2a (VMware ESXi 7.0.2 Build 17920168). See also the VMware vSphere…

Apr 27 2021

Intel has started sampling next-gen Intel Xeon D processors for space and power-constrained environments, promising for home labs?

You may remember me recently writing about how I'm less than-thrilled that no worthy successor to the announced-in-2015 Xeon D-1500 has arrived yet, it's been a 6 year wait. The misses for me include 2018's Xeon D-2100 that was just too power hungry even at idle, 2019's Xeon D-1600 that was just a…

Apr 7 2021

VMware vSphere 7.0 Update 2b is now GA, here's how to download it any which way!

Text: Table of Contents To get started with your lab testing, jump to the appropriate download section: If you have a free My VMware account If you're currently a vExpert If you're currently a VMUG Advantage EVALExperience subscriber If you're seeking the Free Hypervisor Download and License The…

Mar 10 2021

New 1-year-duration VMware vSphere 7 license keys are now available to 2021's vExperts

Like many home lab enthusiasts, I was getting a little nervous about the impending expiration of my vExpert license keys, it's been nagging me for weeks now. Today I happened to spot that a bunch of license keys have been apparently just been added, notice the dates below the new "Date…

Mar 3 2021

When selecting a big hard drive for your homelab's VMware ESXi VMFS datastore, consider the 512e over the 4Kn version

Image adapted from "Microsoft support policy for 4K sector hard drives in Windows" In my day job in IT, the move to all flash has been pretty much complete for all near big business and enterprise sales for a good 2-3 years now. The picture is different in the home lab. NASs are commonly…

Feb 17 2021

William Lam's "Supermicro VMware Homelab 2020 Options" and an update on TinkerTry's next Intel or AMD based home lab Bundle on the VMware Compatibility Guide

virtuallyGhetto.com Click/tap the image above to read William's article. William Lam does yet another fantastic job summing up the current line-up of small-form factor Supermicro gear including some Xeon D-1500 and Xeon D-2100 based systems. While I don't know William, and I'm not at all sure why…

Jan 25 2021

VMUG Advantage and TinkerTry pairing up on Nov 17 2020 for #ADVTinkerTryTakeover event, part of National Career Development Month!

In over 9 years of content creation here at TinkerTry, with a majority having something to do with virtualization, there has never been a closer match with what TinkerTry set out to do than the VMUG Advantage program. So when they recently asked me to consider helping out with their all day event,…

Nov 16 2020

How to easily install VMware ESXi 7.0 Update 1 onto a 32GB or larger USB flash drive

This article is still undergoing minor refinement based on further testing. This is a basic overview document of the fresh install process, highlighting the steps that I walk you right through in the accompanying video below, should work on any supported VMware ESXi server. One advantage of this…

Oct 18 2020

VMware Cloud Director, VMware Workstation 16 Pro & Fusion 12 Pro additions to VMUG Advantage are now available, along with vSphere 7.0 Update 1!

These are major new superpowers your new or existing VMUG Advantage subscription, part of the EVALExperience set of code access perks. Announced minutes ago: VMWARE CLOUD DIRECTOR, VMWARE WORKSTATION 16 PRO, AND VMWARE FUSION 12 PRO NOW AVAILABLE! Oct 08 2020 by Molly Smith at VMUG Communities …

Oct 8 2020

VMware vSphere 7.0 Update 1 is now GA, here's how to download it any which way!

TLDR - Today, vSphere 7.0 Update 1 became generally available to download, install, or upgrade, announced by VMware here. Be sure to use VUM to update your VCSA first, then update your ESXi host(s) with the preferred Lifecycle Manager. Alternatively, use ESXCLI to upgrade which doesn't require…

Oct 6 2020

VMworld 2020 Recap: VMware vSphere 7.0U1 advancements: SmartNICs (aka DPUs) are going to be big!

TLDR version - VMware vSphere with Tanzu allows vSphere Enterprise Plus customers to support Kubertnetes workloads without requiring the full VMware Cloud Foundation stack. Customers won't have to deploy NSX and vSAN to get Kubernetes workloads, and deployment time should be around an hour. Note…

Oct 1 2020

VMware vSphere 7.0 Update 1 announced, with vSAN 7 Update 1 featuring HCI Mesh

There's a pattern here. VMware announced VMware vSphere 7 on March 10 2020, and the code went GA and became available for download on April 2, 2020. This week, VMware vSphere 7.0 Update 1 was announced on September 15, so when can we download it? We'll likely found out for sure soon with VMworld…

Sep 20 2020

Synology DiskStation DS1621xs+ NAS announced featuring VMware agentless backup, Xeon D, 10G and optional M.2 NVMe caching SSDs

Introduction This article is an update to my previous, closely-related article about some hands-on time I had with this 2018 product: Synology DiskStation DS1618+ NAS First Look featuring 10GbE! Mar 11 2019 which generated many reader comments where it became evident that others felt much as I…

Sep 10 2020

Get your lab ready for VMware's VMworld 2020, VMUG Advantage is offering TinkerTry readers 15% off throughout September, refer a friend!

TLDR Short URL for this article that's easy to share with your IT friends: tinkertry.com/tinkertry15 with VMUG Advantage sign-up page here. Backstory Click to learn more or subscribe. It's been such an honor to enjoy an active readership of my various virtualization articles over these past 9+…

Sep 1 2020