VMware vSphere 6.7 Update 2 is now generally available for download

This vSphere update was officially announced last week, see: Announcing vSphere 6.7 Update 2, vSphere Platinum updates, and vSphere ROBO Enterprise Apr 02 2019 by Himanshu Singh at VMware vSphere Blog I am excited to share that today we are announcing the VMware vSphere 6.7 Update 2 release,…

Apr 12 2019

VMware vSphere 6.7 Update 2 Announced

This vSphere update was officially announced earlier today: Announcing vSphere 6.7 Update 2, vSphere Platinum updates, and vSphere ROBO Enterprise Apr 02 2019 by Himanshu Singh at VMware vSphere Blog I am excited to share that today we are announcing the VMware vSphere 6.7 Update 2 release, with…

Apr 2 2019

Successor to Intel's popular and home-lab-friendly Xeon D-1500 is Xeon D-1600, announced today

Article published 1:12pm ET Positioning. Longtime readers of TinkerTry may recall that Xeon D was first announced back in February of 2015, see Intel Xeon D-1500 crams incredible virtualization lab specs into tiny mITX size, codename Broadwell-DE Mar 09 2015 Last month, this news broke: …

Apr 2 2019

New Veeam Backup & Replication Community Edition for home labs is free!

Dear Home Lab Enthusiast with data to protect: Today's Veeam announcement was big. A way to run enterprise level software with all the features you need for a lab environment, with none of the guilt. That's right, up to 10 VMs, and physical systems too! Got your attention? Read on! I started using…

Mar 26 2019

TinkerTry IT @ home gets into Top 25 vBlog list!

I had to miss Eric's live broadcast today, but I just heard the news moments ago, apparently TinkerTry IT @ home has broken in to the Top 25 vBlog list. It's quite and honor, I'm super happy about this, and very grateful to the vCommunity who voted. Special thanks to Eric Siebert (@ericsiebert) at…

Mar 21 2019

Synology DiskStation DS1618+ NAS First Look featuring 10GbE!

Disclosure - This test unit was provided by Synology. It's an evaluation, with no promises or stipulations about what content I produce. No money, no Synology advertisements placed. "TinkerTry.com, LLC" may earn a modest commission from readers who use the shopping links below. Backstory…

Mar 11 2019

Successor to Intel's home lab friendly Xeon D-1500 is called Hewitt Lake

Longtime readers of TinkerTry may recall that Xeon D was first announced way back in February of 2015! See Intel Xeon D-1500 crams incredible virtualization lab specs into tiny mITX size, codename Broadwell-DE Mar 09 2015 I knew the series would likely be a hit, but the Xeon D-1540 has a…

Mar 4 2019

Tesla's new $35K Model 3 blows Leaf (and Bolt) away in price, range, and safety, so will sub-$40K Model Y Crossover SUV

Tesla's new referral program announced Mar 21 2019. ICE (Internal Combustion Engines) run on gas, and the maximum efficiency of converting that energy to motion is about 25-50%. For EVs (Electric vehicles), it's about 80-90%. So while it's true that your "tank" of electrons may come from…

Mar 3 2019

My 1,000 blog post at TinkerTry IT @ home

You can see them all at: TinkerTry.com/archive Let me confess that articles like "TinkerTry's Fifth Birthday, June 1, 2016 - momentary pause for self-congratulatory backslapping and prognostication" tend to be my least popular of all. That's just as well, since my focus and my joy in…

Feb 28 2019

Charging your Tesla Model 3 at Superchargers on road trips and at home, with details to discuss with your electrician

Tesla's new referral program announced Mar 21 2019. Feb 08 2019 - Update, it appears my Wall Connector with 14-50 Plug has vanished entirely from the Model 3 Charging page after I installed mine and published this article. I'm reaching out to Tesla to find out why, and will update this article if I…

Jan 30 2019

Hands-on look at the Apple Smart Battery Case for iPhone XS Max, it's a keeper!

Backstory For several years, I've been on a quest to get an iPhone case that I can use when attending conferences and events, something I do pretty often in my role as an IT Professional, and as a blogger. When out and about all day away from power, I usually carry around a battery pack in my right…

Jan 20 2019

Sneak peek at what's cooking at TinkerTry in 2019

Wondering what's the hopper? Wonder no more, here you go! TinkerTry Studio Stock photo of workbench for now, with plans to share actual photos of my work bench. My dedicated space now includes a 4 foot by 8 foot Global Industrial Maple Butcher Block Workbench that I sanded and stained, adding…

Jan 16 2019

Intel's 10nm processor dubbed Snow Ridge, likely to be the next generation Xeon D

Not a lot of new CPU news came out of CES that directly relates to ship dates for 10nm successors to the popular-with-home-labs 14nm Xeon D-1500 and Xeon D-2100 lines. What surfaced were tweets about stop-gap designs, and a bit of speculation. How long before we see systems and motherboards based…

Jan 10 2019

Featured on "Home Gadget Geeks" Episode #385 "Paul Braren with Travel Tech, Ring Stick Up Cams and a New Tesla 3 – HGG385"

This new podcast episode 385 is now available at the averageguy.tv here, where you can also view, listen, and/or subscribe. Here's an excerpt: Paul Braren from https://tinkertry.com and on Twitter at @paulbraren joins this week as we catch up with him and his job with VMware, some travel tech from…

Jan 6 2019

Tesla Model 3 known-good accessories

Tesla's new referral program announced Mar 21 2019. This article will keep track of the Model 3 accessories I've TinkerTry'd, featuring a detailed walkthrough video, in 4K!. I'll be detailing why I'm keeping most items, and returning others. I encourage you to revisit and refresh for the latest…

Jan 5 2019

Tesla Model 3 replacing my 13 year old Honda Civic Hybrid, let's see how that goes. So far, so good!

Tesla's new referral program announced Mar 21 2019. At the start of this video this video, Roadshow's Tim Stevens proclaims: What you're looking at is the most anticipated car of all time. With more than a half million pre-orders on the books, the Tesla Model 3 has piqued the interest of more…

Dec 23 2018

First look at the Ring Stick Up Cam

This article is a work-in-progress, please come back and refresh. Shop for the Ring Stick Up Cam on Amazon. If you find value in the article and/or video below, please consider using one of these links when buying your own Ring Stick Up Cam, available in black or white with wired, solar, and…

Dec 10 2018

How to configure VMware ESXi 6.7 or later for VMDirectPath I/O pass-through of any NVMe SSD, such as Windows 10 1809 installed directly on an Intel 900P booted in an EFI VM

Notice the 900P U.2 NVMe SSD above the motherboard There was a little-discussed and finally mature capability that arrived with VMware ESXi 6.5, back in November of 2016. See Amazon for the Intel Optane SSD 900P Series, but this consumer drive might not be ideal for most home virtualization lab…

Nov 28 2018

Ian Sanderson's walkthrough details configuration of roll-your-own MFA using free Cisco Duo Authentication for Windows Logon and RDP

I must have mentioned Duo's MFA to over a dozen folks all this year, sharing the existence of this great gem with user group attendees, colleagues, friends, and strangers. If you have an alway-on Windows or Windows Server jump box or VM listening for connection attempts to port 3389 in your home…

Nov 27 2018

Vote for your favorite virtualization blogs in various categories, takes about 4 minutes

Eric Siebert is clearly a very hard working guy, writing, collecting, collating. Just look what he goes through to get this voting process ready, see also The history of the top blog voting over the years. So if you feel his work to motivate and strengthen the ever-growing virtualization community…

Nov 27 2018

Microsoft Windows 10 and Windows Server 2019 download links for re-released version 1809 October 2018 Update

Table of Contents Here's all the links for you, jumping you right down to the section you're most interested in below: Microsoft Windows Update Microsoft Windows Download Microsoft Windows Evaluation Center Microsoft Visual Studio Downloads Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC) …

Nov 20 2018

Close 4K look at a 4-Node-in-2U All Flash (Optane/NVMe) vSAN ReadyNode™ - The Supermicro SuperServer SYS-2029BT-HNR!

Once in a long while, I get an opportunity to get my hands on some amazing hardware, packed with top-flight components. This is one of those times! With permission granted to publish, I'm now able to give you a glimpse into what a fully supported vSAN ReadyNode really looks like, up close and…

Oct 31 2018

New 1U Supermicro SuperServer SYS-E300-9D 4 and 8 core Xeon D-2100 models bring back the E300-8D's M.2 slot and network ports

Introduction Fun discussion about Mac mini, Intel NUC, and tiny Supermicro 1U E200/E300 systems. I'm aware of the interest in these 2 newer SYS-E300-9D variants that quietly arrived without a press release. The product pages seem to first be noticed on October 30. The 8 core version is said to…

Oct 31 2018

Is the new Mac mini 2019 suited for VMware vSphere/ESXi home labs?

Specification Differentiations These features: From the Oct 30 2018 Apple Event. Standard: Desktop 8th-generation 3.2GHz Intel Core Processor Thunderbolt 3 / USB C expansion (4 ports) NVMe based SSD storage running at full speeds Optional: up to 6 cores up to 64GB of RAM (SODIMMs) up to 10GbE…

Oct 30 2018