VMware vSphere Taskbar Shortcuts Unleashed - profile switcher isolated and uncluttered Chrome Browser UIs act like native Windows apps!

It's no secret that VMware is moving away from the Windows/C#-based vSphere Client and the Adobe Flash-based vSphere Web Client over to an HTML5/JavaScript combo that is far faster, and much more universal. These web UIs arrived in the form of the VMware Host Client (source) that's baked right in…

Mar 27 2017

Veeam Vanguard 2017 announced, 3rd year with TinkerTry friends!

Veeam Vanguard Definition: At VMware's Tech Summit in Las Vegas's fake Venice, Feb 01 2017. Happened to have an appropriate shirt for hunting down fellow Vanguard John Nicholson. These individuals have been nominated as Veeam Vanguards. A Veeam Vanguard represents our brand to the highest level in…

Feb 2 2017

Install Windows Server 2016 & Hyper-V on a TinkerTry'd Supermicro SuperServer Bundle 2 8-Core Xeon D with built-in Intel RSTe RAID, by Steve Shanks

Introduction I'm pleased to present you with the result of a massive installation and documentation effort by a TinkerTry fan. This voluntary article was authored by Greater Detroit's Steve Shanks, who is currently a Senior Consultant at The Speedware Company. He volunteered to help speed folks…

Jan 25 2017

Migrating to Windows Server 2012 R2 on a TinkerTry'd Supermicro SuperServer Bundle 2 8-Core Xeon D with built-in Intel RSTe RAID, by Steve Shanks

Introduction I'm pleased to present you with the result of a massive installation and documentation effort by a TinkerTry fan. This voluntary article was authored by Greater Detroit's Steve Shanks, who is currently a Senior Consultant at The Speedware Company. He volunteered to help speed folks…

Jan 25 2017

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 automatically run an elevated program shortcut at Windows startup, without login or UAC prompts

Backstory Why did I want to do this? Well, I was setting up to record this one-long-shot 4K test video, where I wanted my Window Server 2016 test system to automatically go right into maximum CPU and RAM abuse mode, without requiring a keyboard or monitor. A little strange, I know, and certainly a…

Nov 10 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

Download Windows 10 Anniversary Update Disk Image (ISO File) for your clean install PCs and VMs

With the initial release of Windows 10 a year ago, first, there's was the Media Creation Tool that can either upgrade the Windows 7/8.1 system you're working on to Windows 10, or download Windows.ISO for installation on another PC. With yesterday's release of Windows 10 Summer Update, the official…

Aug 3 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

Attend VTUG Summer Slam 2016, your chance to choose a FREE TinkerTry'd Supermicro SuperServer Bundle 2!

You may have recently read about VTUG Co-Leader Chris Williams, in my recent post about falling DDR4 prices that are helping make Supermicro Xeon D-1541 SuperServers more obtainable for virtualization enthusiasts who are always thirsty for more RAM. Well, just so happens he's taking delivery of his…

Jul 19 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

How to easily shutdown or restart Windows over Remote Desktop Connection

Problem The Shut down and Restart options are removed from the Start Menu when you’re connected using Remote Desktop (aka Terminal Services), as pictured above. These intentional omissions protect you from yourself, since there's a risk when doing such power operations remotely. If something goes…

Apr 4 2016

Use Chrome for VMware-related taskbar shortcuts, unclutter your browser-based UIs so they look like native apps!

This article has been replaced with a newer, much simpler technique I've developed: VMware vSphere taskbar shortcuts: uncluttered Chrome UIs act like native Windows apps! Mar 27 2017 Table of Contents - add vSphere admin shortcuts to your taskbar Use these links to jump to each section's…

Apr 2 2016

TinkerTry live 45 minute Supermicro SuperServer demo Mar. 31 2016 at 3:15pm EDT, part of xenappblog's all day virtual expo, free!

Register now at xenappblog.com/expo. This event is over, but I have video of 30 minutes of the presentation/demonstration available already! Supermicro SuperServer demo Mar. 31 2016 at 3:15pm EDT, part of xennappblog's all day virtual expo, free! Those of you who were in attendance will be getting…

Mar 30 2016

Xeon D-1587/1581/1577/1571 16 Core CPU full specs found at Intel ARK, 12 Core 1567 looks the most interesting

It began with my article two days ago: Intel Xeon D-1500 full specs for new 8/12/16 core models now available at Supermicro, good fit for home labs? where I had this little pre-formed search link for you, All Intel® Xeon® Processor D-15xx models but the results didn't show any of the new 12…

Feb 19 2016

Intel Xeon D-1500 full specs for new 8/12/16 core models now available at Supermicro, good fit for home labs?

Hats off to Patrick Kennedy, for not only having the very latest gear straight from Intel, and for getting such comprehensive benchmarks out so quickly, with many more such tests to come. As always, great information over at his STH (ServeTheHome): Intel Xeon D 12 and 16 core parts launched –…

Feb 17 2016

First look at the new Intel Xeon D-1541 Supermicro SuperServer SYS-5028D-TN4T

Supermicro has a reputation for stable servers, thankfully devoid of BIOS bells-and-whistles that could adversely affect system stability. My last 7 months of Supermicro SYS-5028D-TN4T mini-tower ownership have held up to those expectations. Had my hands on 3 other identical loaner SuperServers for…

Feb 7 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

Ultimate guide to mousing your way across multiple Windows 10 desktops with ease for an instant productivity boost

Train your Logitech mouse to do new tricks! Logitech SetPoint can allow mouse button controls instead of awkward multi-key shortcuts, for instantly navigating among multiple desktops See how to use this almost hidden but very useful Windows 10 productivity feature at Microsoft at: Multiple desktops…

Jan 16 2016

Recommended BIOS Settings for Supermicro SuperServer SYS-5028D-TN4T

See also my recent article about performance optimized BIOS settings that includes a way to quickly and easily revert to the general purpose settings in this article, just in case you don't wish to have to do this 7 minute procedure twice. Given there are so many use case scenarios, no BIOS setting…

Jan 15 2016

Benchmark Optimized BIOS Settings for Supermicro SuperServer SYS-5028D-TN4T

Back in early November of 2015, I came up with a set of performance optimized BIOS settings that seemed to squeak out the best performance from this particular system: World's fastest consumer SSD - Samsung 950 PRO M.2 NVMe benchmark results Given there are so many permutations and use cases, no…

Jan 13 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

Supermicro SuperServer SYS-5028D-TN4T X10SDV-TLN4F Xeon D-1540 motherboard is compatible with VMware ESXi 5.5 and ESXi 6.0

Supermicro is a bit behind on some refinement of their web site listings for OS compatibility, but with their recent compatibility table update, I can now assure you that indeed, the Supermicro SuperServer SYS-5028D-TN4T is very much compatible with:OS Compatibility Chart indicates VMware ESXi 6.0…

Dec 23 2015

Copying about 50GB from a Samsung 950 PRO NVMe SSD back to itself is slower than copying to another 950 PRO over 10GbE

Yesterday, I said: Next torture test? Abuse of that 10GbE connection to the loaner Supermicro SuperServer right next to this one... Well, that's what I went and done. Since the moment the idea entered my brain, until the test was done, I couldn't get the unanswered question out of my head. I just…

Nov 18 2015