TinkerTry https://tinkertry.com Kirby Fri, 27 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0000 The latest updates from TinkerTry.com How to download Windows 10 Technical Preview ISO Build 10041 quickly https://tinkertry.com/articles/download-windows-10 articles/download-windows-10 Fri, 27 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0000 download-speeds-are-sped-up-somewhat-by-akamai-97bee3b6eaf16367b48f68e58276c872

Microsoft has been moving things along lately, while moving the URL around a bit too. Having that big honkin ISO handy is really the way to go for:

  • virtual machine installations (ESXi 6.0 supports this VM type just fine, it's even called Windows 10 in the drop down menu)
  • create an installer on a bootable USB flash drive, for those clean installs.

Well, it's pretty cool that Microsoft apparently uses Akamai by default for such big (3.4GB) downloads, greatly accelerating the download for folks across the globe, without having to jump through some hoops. How do I know? Simple, on Windows 8.1, I opened Task Manager, clicked on Resource Monitor, then headed on over to the network tab. There it is, you can see those bits are flying down over the global Akamai Conent Delivery Network (Content Delivery Network), instead of from some distant Microsoft server, pictured below.


Windows 10 Technical Preview (x64) - Build 10041

Downloads for Windows 10 Technical Preview ISO March Update, including international versions:


You can actually skip signing up for the Windows Insider Program and go right to the download. If it happens to be the English 64 bit version that you're hankering for, here's the direct link:




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How to create bootable Windows 10 USB flash drives for clean installs on legacy and UEFI PCs including Surface Pro 3

NAKIVO Backup & Replication 5.5 released, NFR available to VCP and vExperts through Mar 31 2015 https://tinkertry.com/articles/nakivo-nfr-5-5-request articles/nakivo-nfr-5-5-request Thu, 19 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0000 As you may recall, I've been trying out various backup solutions suitable for the home lab virtualization enthusiast, see also:

Superguide: Home virtualization lab backup software, some special deals for VMware VCPs and vExperts.

This week, a big release for NAKIVO, which I'll certainly be trying out with vSphere 6.0 soon, even though they make no claims such tinkering is supported. It's how I learn, and they'll get vSphere 6.0 compatible soon, listen in to what NAKIVO said during this recent webinar:

NAKIVO Backup & Replication - questions about about vSphere 6.0 support



and here's the file you'll be downloading:



which is extremely easy to get started with, since it's a largely preconfigured appliance that you can deploy and configure and begin your first test backup, in minutes. So far, based on some preliminary tests I did throughout last year, NAKIVO has managed to stay much simpler to set up and configure (initially) than Veeam, so this potential solution may be well suited for your home lab. I need more time and testing and test backups and recovery tests under vSphere 6.0 before I can draw any conclusions. But given this NFR offer ends at the end of this month, I didn't want to wait to get this article out there for you, since the lack of any time bomb sure has some appeal. So far, my basic testing has gone well, seems to work fine with ESXi 6.0, pictured at right after a vCSA backup job was completed.

Of course, NAKIVO knows that IT Professionals who tinker in their home labs might also recommend licensed versions of those same solutions for their employer and/or customers. It's a logical "carrot on the stick" for the IT Pro who has made the effort to get certified, or join a VMUG, details below.

Full Disclosure: "TinkerTry.com, LLC" is registered as a NAKIVO Bronze Partner, to help get in on their latest news and code. They do know if you found their link from my site, which means the possibility of reseller commissions, here's their pricing.

Here's an excerpt from the press release

NAKIVO Gives Away v5.5 NFR Licenses to VMware Professionals

NAKIVO Backup & Replication v5.5 featuring instant object recovery for Microsoft Active Directory is now available free of charge to VMware Professionals.

NAKIVO Inc., the fastest-growing provider of virtualization data protection software, has announced today that it provides free Not for Resale (NFR) licenses to VMware professionals: current VMUG members, VMware vExperts, VCIs, VCPs, VTSPs, and VSPs can receive an NFR license of NAKIVO Backup & Replication v5.5. The NFR license keys are available for non-production use only, including educational, lab testing, evaluation, training, and demonstration purposes. NFR licenses are available at www.nakivo.com/en/free_nfr_license.htm.


“We are excited provide VMware professionals with a new powerful solution for their test labs,” said Bruce Talley, CEO and Founder of NAKIVO. “NAKIVO Backup & Replication further improves object recovery capabilities of NAKIVO Backup & Replication and enables VMware administrators to speed up data recovery and reduce downtime.”


Contact us: Yana Petrenko, MarCom Manager / yana.petrenko@nakivo.com / [+1 408 916 5955]%2B1%20408%20916%205955

Mar 20 2015 Update

Folks, I have word today on the NFR versus trial download options that the screenshot above brought up, as well as a statement about the intended vSphere 6.0 release schedule:
[some email addresses removed]

From: NAKIVO Support [mailto:support@nakivo.com]
Sent: Friday, March 20, 2015 7:41 AM
Cc: support@nakivo.com
Subject: RE: SUP-4333

Hi Paul,

Please download an update and run it – your NFR license still will be active after it is complete.

Full support for vSphere 6 will be available in Q2 of this year.

Best regards,

VMware vSphere 6.0 lets you to use vSphere Client to log into both ESXi and vCenter https://tinkertry.com/articles/swingingclient articles/swingingclient Tue, 17 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0000 For folks doing vSphere 6.0 beta testing, it’s no secret that this wasn’t even possible, to use vSphere Client to log in to your vCenter. Now that vSphere 6.0 is here, VMware has relented a bit on the speed at which they’re urging us all to move away from the snappy (C#) Windows-based VMware vSphere Client, to the (now less sluggish) vSphere Web Client. To be fair, putting the vCSA (vCenter Server Appliance) onto a VM on a thinly-provisioned SSD gets all things admin running much faster, but I digress.

This is big news for folks still wondering about whether this actually works, who haven’t had a chance to build their 6.0 based home lab just yet. I mean c’mon, it’s been almost a week already!

In this ADD-friendly 30 second animated looping video, with the boring segments sections sped up, you’ll clearly see:

  • the vSphere Client log in, the traditional way, straight to the ESXi 6.0 host
    root / Passw0rd!

  • a second instance of the vSphere Client log in to vCenter
    (vCSAvCenter Server Appliance)
    administrator@vsphere.local / Passw0rd!

Why are you still watching this? Don’t you want to see for yourself that it works in your home lab?


If you still have a beta lab going, but want to upgrade to the GA-level VMware vSphere Client, doing so will allow you to log in to the beta vCSA appliance. Just use the link you see when you point your browser to your ESXi host, which is this direct download


Install it, and it works! Of course, it’s beta, and is completely unsupported. Thanks to Javier, who noticed this handy behavior!

See also on TinkerTry

VMware vSphere 6.0 is now generally available, here’s how to download it fast
Build your own VMware vSphere 6.0 Datacenter with ESXi and vCSA
LastPass keeps you from having to type administrator@vsphere.local every time you login with vSphere Web Client

Build your own VMware vSphere 6.0 Datacenter with ESXi and vCSA https://tinkertry.com/articles/installvsphere60 articles/installvsphere60 Sun, 15 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0000 This article is subject to frequently change throughout March 2015, so please revisit this article and refresh with Ctrl+F5, to see what's changed since your last visit. And we're all still waiting to see what happens with 365 day licenses for vSphere 6.0 home labs under EVALExperience.


I'm working hard on the full recipe for success, to build up your vSphere 6.0 home lab. The focus of this article is on fresh installs, but you can read all about more complicated upgrade options here and here. Note, while I say fresh install, that doesn't mean you are starting from scratch, if you have existing VMs. Those can easily be added back into your inventory, once you get your vSphere 6.0 environment set up, and any additional drivers you may need for networking and storage.

Overall, vSphere 6.0 is an easier install, once you get to know your way around some of the newness of it all. Installing ESXi 6.0 is much the same as it's been for years, but the vCSA (VMware vCenter Server Appliance) is different, and easier, basically consisting of these 3 steps:

  • double-click to mount the VMware-VCSA-all-6.0.0-2562643.iso file (Windows 8 or later)
  • install the \vcsa\VMware-ClientIntegrationPlugin-6.0.0.exe
  • run \vcsa-setup.html to launch your browser, which begins the install wizard for vCSA

This recipe for all the ingredients you'll need for your own awesome home lab setup will be soup-to-nuts thorough, with a focus on simplicity, ease of deployment, and ease of use. Once you see the video, it's all so much more straightforward than all the documentation implies.

Topics will include:

  • slick ways to make login easier
  • FQDN (Fully Qualified Domain Names) instead of ugly IP addresses...
  • create shortcut for your vSphere Web Client on your Taskbar, with no URL or menus cluttering up the top of your valuable browser real estate

What I'm trying to do is get past vCSA's dislike for using DHCP (which is simplest in a home lab to use for that first install), using a custom procedure for renaming the appliance after the initial install, and re-issuing the certificate after the initial deployment. Alternatively, I may just go with the vcsa-cli-installer method.

One barrier has been lack of valid documentation this early on. For example, here's a VMware document that hasn't yet been updated since the 5.5 days. See for yourself, visit this article Error When You Change vCenter Server Appliance Host Name, then simply change the vsphere-60 in the URL to vsphere-55, and it still comes up. Yep, that ain't right, they simply haven't updated it for 6.0 yet. The main page, the VMware vSphere 6.0 Documentation Center, currently shows last updated March 12 2015.


But you don't have to wait until I have the recipe fully documented, and the solution fully baded. Especially if you're just messing around and plan to rebuild from scratch. Keep reading!

[all sections below are currently a work in progress]


VMware vSphere 6.0 is now generally available, here’s how to download it fast

Rufus takes 2 minutes to create a bootable USB flash drive for ESXi installation


The procedure is demonstrated in this rough-cut earlier video, from an earlier build, but it's the same install/configure procedure, if you're ok with going with IP addresses instead of host names:

My revised completely new video will include download, install, and configure, with a twist. I'll be adding tweaks so you have a nice looking vSphere Web Client with a FQDN (Fully Qualified Domain Names) for ESXi and vCSA, instead of merely using IP addresses. Yes, it's all about that home network WiFi router, which doesn't do the forward and reverse lookups that VMware expects (in the datacenter). The work arounds are straight-forward.


The final draft will include references to the optional steps needed to add drivers for typical "whitebox" home-built (unsupported) gear, described here:

For ESXi 6.0, those ESXi 5.1 VIBs for ASMedia SATA ports and Realtek NICs still seem to be working (but unsupported)

Today’s tip is a sneak peek at what’ll probably happen once vSphere 6 finally arrives. Four simple lines of code, and a few minutes to reboot, are all it’s likely to take to get your ASMedia (ASM1061 chipset) AHCI SATA drives visible again. And those Realtek NICs. That’s a relief, ain’t it?


This entire article will, over time, become much like my very popular Sep 30 2013 post:

Build your own VMware vSphere 5.5 Datacenter with ESXi and vCSA with step-by-step here

VMware vSphere 6.0 Documentation Center and Release Notes are now online, read all about it! https://tinkertry.com/articles/vmware-vsphere-6-0-documentation-center-and-release-notes-are-now-online-read-all-about-it articles/vmware-vsphere-6-0-documentation-center-and-release-notes-are-now-online-read-all-about-it Thu, 12 Mar 2015 00:00:00 +0000 Release Notes - they're here!


VMware vSphere 6.0 Release Notes

ESXi 6.0 | 12 MARCH 2015 | ISO Build 2494585
vCenter Server 6.0 | 12 MARCH 2015 | ISO Build 2503528
vCenter Server Appliance 6.0 | 12 MARCH 2015 | Build 2503528
Check for additions and updates to these release notes.

These release notes are a very nice find by Andreas Peetz a few minutes ago, so we now know the RTM build numbers, and a whole lot more, including the URL for the eagerly anticipated

VMware vSphere 6.0 Documentation Center


VMware vSphere ESXi and vCenter Server 6.0 Documentation

This documentation contains information for system administrators who install, configure, and manage vSphere products. You can find guidance on commonly performed activities such as managing virtual data centers, managing system resources, configuring networking, storage, and security, creating virtual machines, and ensuring system availability.
What's the most interesting revelations to you? Once you've had some read through time, come on back and refresh this article, as I'll be adding my own observations, and feel free to drop your comments below.

It sure seems like we're getting closer to vSphere 6.0 General Availability!

10:29 am update

VMware vSphere 6.0 is now generally available, here's how to download it fast