NAKIVO Backup & Replication v10 released with VMware vSphere 7.0 support, Linux workstation backup, and backup to Wasabi

Turn Your QNAP, Synology, ASUSTOR, WD, or Netgear NAS into a VM Backup Appliance, claiming to improve backup performance by up to 2X and offload your IT infrastructure Last year, I wrote about NAKIVO v8.5.2 with detailed walk-thru install and configure videos, see that detailed article here, and it…

Jul 29 2020

Sabrent 4TB Rocket NVMe M.2 High Performance SSD - FLIR thermal imagery, firmware tools, and speed tests for VMware ESXi 7.0 VMFS and Windows 10 NTFS

I've been beating up my Samsung 960 PRO 2TB for a good 3 years now. It's in my daily driver, a Windows 10 VM in my Supermicro SuperServer SYS-5028D-TN4T system with Xeon D-1567 12 core, also known as Bundle 1. Shop Amazon. Amazon - Sabrent 4TB Rocket NVMe PCIe M.2 2280 Internal SSD High…

Jul 25 2020

How to easily kill a zombie datastore in your VMware vSphere lab

Backstory So there's your problem, eh? Note that Delete Datastore is greyed out, and there is no Device Backing. So, you're tinkering around in your home lab, and at some point you've left an ESXi host powered off for a while. You pull one of it's M.2 SSDs to re-use in another system. What can…

Jul 18 2020

Featured on "Home Gadget Geeks" Episode #451 "Paul Braren with Tech Challenges and Successes"

This new podcast episode 451 is available at the averageguy.tv at Paul Braren with Tech Challenges and Successes – HGG451 where you can also view, listen, and/or subscribe. Here's an excerpt: Paul Braren joins us this week as we get an update on several of home projects. From a discussion on Cox i…

Jul 9 2020

How to workaround "Update installation failed. vCenter Server is non-operational." message during VCSA 7.0 update

This article is short and simple, hopefully helping some of the many folks that have watched either my Jun 24 2020 or Jun 25 2020 VCSA 7.0 upgrade attempt videos, using VAMI. For me, my home lab had a healthy VCSA 6.7 upgrade to VCSA 7.0 GA, performed successfully on camera on release day Apr 02…

Jul 3 2020

Unboxing Apple 4th Generation iPad Pro 12.9-in. and Magic Keyboard, typing sound compared to Lenovo keyboard

This is a family gift for my mother, figured I'd roll 4K camera when unboxing these finely crafted examples of engineering prowess. The focus here is literally on the physical design of each product, this is not a review of functionality. Soon, I'll have a better sense of how the usability of these…

Jun 14 2020

How to change or disable your VMware vSphere Client default inactivity timeout

Maybe you're a demo master, and you want to conquer your private lab and show it whose boss. You're sick and tired of fat-fingering that dang adminstrator@vsphere.local username then password into your vSphere Client at the most inopportune times, especially if you (wisely) didn't use your…

Jun 10 2020

VMware Cloud Foundation 4.0 is now available on VMUG Advantage EVALExperience!

Click to learn more. Well well, what do we have here? How about a full SDDC in your lab? Note I didn't say home lab, unless you have a pretty beefy configuration, read onward for details. Just when I thought I wouldn't find any more surprise wins for the VMUG Advantage team, somebody apparently…

Jun 8 2020

VMware vExpert applications are now open for 2nd half 2020

I earned my first VMware Certified Professional certificate back in September of 2005, in preparation for a 6 month contract at a pharmaceutical that required it. Very thankful for IBM's funding to make that happen, and I kept it going at my own cost for many years. The thing is, I eventually…

Jun 3 2020

A new era in NASA inspiration dawns with the US launch of the futuristic SpaceX Crew Dragon atop the Falcon 9 rocket

Here are the launch windows: The instantaneous launch window opens at 4:33 p.m. EDT, or 20:33 UTC, with backup instantaneous launch opportunities available on Saturday, May 30 at 3:22 p.m. EDT, or 19:22 UTC, and on Sunday, May 31 at 3:00 p.m. EDT, or 19:00 UTC. Wed May 27 2020 04:17pm ET The…

May 27 2020

How to use iOS/Android devices as “Stats for nerds” gauges in your Tesla Model 3 with an easy DIY OBDLink MX+ install

You know how YouTube on PC playback has the right-click feature where you can show stats for nerds? There are apps that are kind of like stats for nerds for your Tesla's battery, performance, and much much more. A close look under the hood while your EV is powered up and about to embark upon it's…

May 18 2020

How to apply your VMUG Advantage EVALExperience vSphere 7 license keys to your home lab

This article and video assume you've already installed vSphere 7 in your home lab, and you are now seeking a little guidance on exactly how to go about applying your license keys during the 60 day evaluation period, without any interruption in running your (non-production) workloads. If you're…

May 6 2020

Featured on Tech Breakfast Podcast on May 04 2020 "Digital Transformation - Telsa/Elon - Fairphone - Intel - Rockets"

A few days ago, a colleague I used to work with at VMware Tyler Gates @TSGates_ reached out to me to see if I'd be interesting in being a guest on a new podcast. Knowing the wealth of entertaining stories Tyler has up his sleeves, and hearing that he was doing this with co-host Aaron Buley…

May 4 2020

Lack of SMR disclosures in the HDD business

TinkerTry makes no claims to be a news site, but I do write a bit about topics that affect home lab enthusiasts including storage, with spinning drives for things like backups certainly a recurring theme here. So much of YouTube has a whole lot of flashy thumbnails these days intended to draw your…

Apr 29 2020

Close 4K look at Tesla "Traffic Light and Stop Sign Control (Beta)" used safely on public roads

4K 60fps video below, or skip right to when I actually start driving here. Backstory This is it, the little liquid-cooled dual CPU computer housing enclosing the Autopilot and Infotainment boards. Click to view the source of the screenshot, Sandy Munro's Model Y ADAS Hardware V3 video. Despite…

Apr 26 2020

How to configure Ubiquiti mPower PRO outlet names without an mFi controller

Unfortunately, the mFi line got to the end of the road back in 2017, see is MFI dead?. That doesn't mean it doesn't mean it stopped working, but support sure is gone. This is unfortunate, and the Ubiquiti name is still generally beloved, it's just that this particular product line has run out of…

Apr 25 2020

VMware vSphere / ESXi 7.0 GA work-around for GPU passthrough issues including disabled-after-reboot bug and UI bug

A new and improved workaround is available as of Jun 18 2020, details below. When I was upgrading my primary Supermicro SuperServer Workstation / Datacenter, I ran into some strange problems with getting passthrough working. What would happen is that I'd get everything squared away, and boot my…

Apr 25 2020

Folding@homelab - Inspiring podcasts about the global vCommunity, with nerd stats on TinkerTry's 4 F@h VMs on VMware ESXi 7.0 on 4 Xeon D Servers

If you haven't already come across my article with a walk-through video about how easy it is to get started with Folding@home VMs, have a look! VMware Appliance for Folding@home - help researchers unfold the mystery of diseases like Coronavirus/COVID-19 virtually Mar 21 2020 It's now been about…

Apr 15 2020

Quick look at 5 VMware vSphere 7.0 features & tips to organize and personalize your vSphere Client

I thought I'd sprinkle a bit of home lab cheer for you all in this world-wide cooped-up weekend we're all in together. I thought you might find at least one or two tips in here that you didn't already know about vSphere Web Client, let me know! Got some more tips? Here's your chance for fame, just…

Apr 2 2020

How to upgrade from VMware vSphere 6.7 to vSphere 7.0, vCenter/VCSA first, then ESXi host(s) next

A nice dark-mode view of the TinkerTry Datacenter, consisting of 3 Xeon D-1500 systems and 1 Xeon D-2100 system. This is a placeholder, where I'll be describing the process of install, featuring most walk-through video for now. If you've done these updates before, this library of walk-through…

Apr 2 2020

VMware vSphere 7.0 is now GA, here's how to download it right away!

TLDR - To get downloading, the main VMware download page with all the stuff to sift through is here, with guidances on what exact files to get from where detailed below! If you're more of a YouTube watcher and you want to see what the ugprades to 7.0 are like, here's the article featuring informal…

Apr 2 2020

William Lam's "Homelab considerations for vSphere 7" predicts an easy install for Xeon D Supermicro SuperServers!

Back on March 10 2020, VMware announced vSphere 7. On Thursday, April 2nd, they've got a launch event planned, and I was originally hoping it'd also be the day we can finally get our hands-on the GA level bits. Like many others, I'll be having myself a close look at both the vExpert downloads and…

Mar 31 2020

VMware Appliance for Folding@home - help researchers unfold the mystery of diseases like COVID-19 virtually

Tips added since initial publication: There are server-side issues that result in failing to get work assigned to your VM, see ongoing discussions here, new automatic bigadv on 16 CPU or larger VMs seems to have helped. I have now published a short video of downloading/deploying/configuring 1.0.1…

Mar 21 2020

VMware vSphere 7 Announced

Check out the many related articles on the web in my See Also section below. If you're feeling kinda TLDR, try the video gallery below, with General Availability expected by May 1 2020. This long awaited major vSphere release was officially announced earlier today, and I've included 3 key excerpts…

Mar 10 2020