How to fix inaccurate Xeon D Hardware Health sensor readings on VMware ESXi 6.5, since sfcbd CIM service is off by default

Backstory See, everything is very healthy, ESXi 6.0 or 6.5! Back during the early test period of VMware's ESXi 6.5, I had inquired with VMware about a problem I had noticed on my Supermicro SuperServer SYS-5028D-TN4T 8 Core Bundle 2, featuring Xeon D-1541. You see, with 6.0, all VMware GUIs would…

Apr 23 2017

How to easily update your VMware Hypervisor from ESXi 6.5.x to 6.5.0d

VMware ESXI 6.5.0d Release Notes ESXi 6.5.0d | 18 APRIL 2017 | ISO Build 5310538 Warning: vCenter/VCSA 6.5 should be upgraded to 6.5.0d before upgrading your host(s) to ESXi 6.5.0d Build 5310538, see: How to easily update your VMware vCenter Server Appliance from VCSA 6.5 to 6.5.0d Feb 07 2017 I…

Apr 18 2017

How to easily update your VMware vCenter Server Appliance from VCSA 6.5.x to 6.5.0d

VMware vCenter Server 6.5.0d Release Notes vCenter Server Appliance 6.5.0d | 18 APRIL 2017 | ISO Build 5318154 Warning: vCenter/VCSA 6.5 should be upgraded to 6.5.0d (aka 6.5 b) before upgrading your host(s) to ESXi 6.5.0d. There's a huge benefit to 6.5.0d, it introduces vSAN 6.6! See also: vSAN…

Apr 18 2017

vSAN 6.6 arrives, baked right into those VMware vSphere 6.5.0d bits that went GA today!

Just 6 months after vSAN 6.5! VMware vSAN 6.6 Release Notes VMware vSAN 6.6 | 18 April 2017 | ISO Build 5310538 Check for additions and updates to these release notes. This vSAN release is a big deal, with so many improvements. Behind the scenes, I've been working on NVMe pass through ideas for…

Apr 18 2017

"SuperMicro vs Intel NUC" by Tai Ratcliff, featuring Xeon D inside!

The more of us out there using ESXi 6.5 on Xeon D, the better! See also William Lam's Project USB to SDDC – Part 1 and Part 2. Xeon D's M.2 NVMe, IPMI, 4 NICs (2 of them 10GbE!), and 128GB of RAM certainly makes for some interesting possibilities. More of my thoughts to be added right to this…

Apr 15 2017

"Project USB to SDDC" by William Lam, featuring Xeon D inside!

The more of us out there using ESXi 6.5 on Xeon D, the better! Recently, there have been some more virtualization enthusiasts writing up their positive experiences with Xeon D. William Lam mentioned Xeon D back in Febuary, and Tai Ratcliff's had a recent look at SuperMicro vs Intel NUC. Xeon D's…

Apr 15 2017

AMD Ryzen's VMware ESXi 6.5 PSOD workaround is to slow system by 30%, currently not a compelling Intel Xeon D alternative

AMD's recent release of an entirely new CPU family that claims to be a true Intel competitor is big news. It's been many years since we've had a splash from AMD, which is part of why there's been considerable excitement about AMD Ryzen™ and The "Zen" Core Architecture built with AMD…

Apr 10 2017

Paul Braren and Allyn Malventano discuss NAND SSD's rough start, M.2 NVMe, and how 3D XPoint will get even faster

Introduction If you're looking for a deep dive into the history of consumer and enterprise SSDs that stretches back about 9 years now, right through to today's NVMe and 3D XPoint (which Intel calls Optane and Micron calls QuantX), and tomorrow's NVDIMMs, then you're in the right place! This audio I…

Apr 9 2017

How to easily update your VMware Hypervisor from ESXi 6.5 to 6.5.0a Build 5224934 Advisory ID VMSA-2017-0006 - Critical Severity

Let's keep this recent story in perspective, some excerpts below, but you should read the whole article: The Security Landscape: Pwn2Own 2017 ...two teams succeeded in demonstrating arbitrary host code execution on VMware Workstation. Today, VMware is releasing updated versions of VMware vSphere…

Mar 31 2017

My experience demoing Xeon D home lab and talking NVMe and vSAN with Supermicro at the recent NYC VMUG, thank you Ariel Sanchez, and welcome to VMware!

Trains and food La Bonne Soupe Thanks to the the extreme hospitality of NYC VMUG Leader Ariel, I was able to enjoy a wonderful dinner with a friend right in NYC, the night before last week's VMUG. Turns out that temperatures in mid 30s (Fahrenheit), coupled with 20-30 mph sustained winds makes…

Mar 29 2017

NAKIVO Backup & Replication v7 released with full VMware vSphere 6.5 support

Mar 29 2017 Update - New full install/configure demo video! Those backup speeds for handling a Windows 10 Creators Update full VM backup [35GB VMDK] are pretty incredible. The VM and the backup repository are located on an M.2 NVMe SSD. Recall that VMware vSphere 6.5 was announced on Oct 18, but…

Mar 28 2017

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

Intel Optane SSD DC P4800X Series can be ultra fast vSAN cache, storage, or RHEL/SLES 8x memory extender using Intel Memory Drive Technology

Image from "Applying Intel® Optane™ SSDs to MySQL- Part 1: Fast Storage" by Ken LeTourneau at Intel. Allyn Malventano discusses 3D XPoint technology and Optane implementation on PC Perspective podcast 442, Mar. 23 2017. Last week was big for journalists, attending Intel's closed…

Mar 21 2017

How to easily update your VMware vCenter Server Appliance from VCSA 6.5.x to 6.5.0b

VMware vCenter Server 6.5.0b Release Notes | 14 MARCH 2017 | ISO Build 5178943 Warning: vCenter/VCSA 6.5 should be upgraded to 6.5.0b (aka 6.5 b) before upgrading your host(s) to ESXi 6.5.0a, which is still the latest ESXi version by the way. There's a nice benefit to 6.5.0b, see also the closely…

Mar 15 2017

OneJet 7 seater flies you direct with a first-class experience, at as little as 10% more than airliner's indirect coach flight

Pricing subject to change depending upon the airport pair chosen, and the weekday chosen. This is just one example. I recently had a two days of back-to-back business commitments where the only viable way to get from the my hometown airport BDL (Hartford CT) to PIT (Pittsburgh PA) was a late…

Mar 5 2017

Featured on "Home Gadget Geeks" Episode #299 "Paul Braren from TinkerTry, Now With VMware- HGG299"

New podcast episode announced here: Jim Collison https://twitter.com/jcollison was joined by Paul Braren from https://TinkerTry.com for show #299 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network. It's been about 9 months since I've had the opportunity to be on Jim's show, and we…

Mar 4 2017

Notes from MWhite - another great newsletter for IT Pros

Veeam certainly seems to be very good at attracting talent with a penchant for highly valuable newsletters. You may recall my piece about the always-amazing Anton Gostev: There's one weekly newsletter that any VMware or Hyper-V professional will enjoy, already has 35,218 subscribers Oct 13 2015 …

Mar 4 2017

Technical details about Intel Optane Memory quietly announced, consumer M.2 version coming to 7th Gen Core Processors first

Backstory - M.2 NVMe arrives in 2015 I began talking about NVMe back in 2014, with over a thousand mentions since. It's been a big deal for the home lab/home datacenter, working particular well with VMware's ESXi hypervisor on Xeon D, blessed with full-speed PCIe 3.0 x 4 in that tiny M.2 form…

Feb 19 2017

"HomeLab: SUPERMICRO 5028D-TN4T Review" by Chestin Hay at Let’s v4Real

It's a nice thing, when one of the many of SuperServer owners take a chunk of their time to share their experience buying a TinkerTry'd Bundle from Wiredzone, ready for virtualization. It's really a Xeon D success story, with 8 cores and 128GB of RAM, able to handle a lot of VMs. Chestin includes a…

Feb 18 2017

Public Speaking Schedule

In 2016, I spoke publicly 15 different times! TinkerTravels 2016 - More than a dozen technical demonstrations at a variety of user groups and conferences Before now, there was never a super easy way to find this information, at any time. Now this page is just one click away from anywhere at…

Feb 14 2017

Laptop died? Pull that Windows 10 Pro SATA SSD, attach to another UEFI system using a USB 3.0/3.1 adapter, boots like Windows To Go!

The Problem I recently had to turn in an old laptop that I occasionally booted my 2.5" Samsung 850 EVO 2TB SSD from. Uh oh, now I have a few weeks to wait for a new system, meanwhile, how do I get stuff done? Sure I had my superfast SuperServer Workstation that I sometimes use this SSD in,…

Feb 14 2017

How to free up that internal 2.5" HDD/SSD drive bay in your Dell Precision 5510 laptop

If you have a Dell Precision laptop with up to a 1TB Toshiba M.2 NVMe SSD inside, congratulations, you have quite a nice workstation! This "corporate" laptop is blessed with a 4K display, and that envy-inducing thin bezel. A close cousin of the popular and highly rated Dell XPS 15 that a…

Feb 12 2017

NAKIVO Backup & Replication v7 Beta offers full vSphere 6.5 support

Recall that VMware vSphere 6.5 was announced on Oct 18, but released on Nov 15, 2016. By November 30th, NAKIVO let us know their stance on support for 6.5: Full vSphere 6.5 support will be available in Q1 2017, however, we may have some limited support till the end of this year. information that I…

Feb 7 2017

How to easily update your VMware vCenter Server Appliance from VCSA 6.5 to 6.5.0a

VMware Release Notes for vCenter Server Appliance 6.5.0a | 02 FEB 2017 | Build 4944578 Warning: vCenter/VCSA 6.5 should be upgraded to 6.5.0a before upgrading your host(s) to ESXi 6.5.0a! Once in a while, things are easy. One of the selling points of making the big move from vCenter+Windows to…

Feb 7 2017