Technical details about Intel Optane Memory quietly announced, coming to 7th Gen Core Processors first

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 factor, and…

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

How to easily update your VMware Hypervisor from ESXi 6.x to 6.5.0a

VMware Release Notes for ESXi 6.5.0a | 02 FEB 2017 | ISO Build 4887370 What's New This release of ESXi 6.5.0a adds support for NSX 6.3.0. This release also delivers a bug fix that has been documented in the Resolved Issues section. As seen at bottom-right of the screenshot above, vSAN fixes too! …

Feb 3 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

Articles about installing VMware vSphere 6.5 on your TinkerTry'd Supermicro SuperServer Bundle Xeon D

This article is a starting point for you, the proud Supermicro Superserver Xeon D system owner! For virtualization enthusiasts with a SuperServer Xeon D This article will help you enjoy an even smoother ownership experience. VMware ESXi 6.5 runs well on Xeon D Supermicro ServerServers, here's what…

Jan 25 2017

Today is my first day at VMware!

Dear TinkerTry Readers: Today, January 9th of 2017, is my very first day at VMware. As a Commercial Systems Engineer, my role will include demonstrating the benefits of a Software Defined Storage strategy, specifically focusing on vSAN for eastern US customers. My region is the Eastern US, with a…

Jan 9 2017

Samsung 960 EVO vs 950 PRO M.2 NVMe SSD - FLIR thermal video of VMware vSphere 6.5 Windows 10 VM cloning

It sure took a while, but the first Samsung 960 PRO and EVO shipments to US customers finally arrived the third week of December, that long saga unfolded here. So far, it's looking good! But why should only I have all the fun, as I performed my first set of confidence-building tests. I wanted to…

Jan 3 2017

Samsung 960 PRO/EVO/SM961 M.2 NVMe SSD disappearance workaround is to power cycle, boot from NVMe problems also reported, firmware 2B7QCXE7 appears to fix EVO

This article has had several significant additions since initially published, to incorporate new findings from amazingly helpful readers who commented below, including a new 960 EVO firmware 2B7QCXE7 that seems to have solved the issue for me on Jan 29 2017, no word on 960 PRO yet. I'm apparently…

Jan 2 2017

How to fix DNS short name lookup failures on Ubiquiti EdgeRouter firmware v1.9.1

Ubiquiti EdgeRouter Lite Available at Amazon, B&H, and Newegg for under $90 USD. Which EdgeRouters? There are other members of the Ubiquiti EdgeRouter family that use this same v1.9.1 firmware, so this article likely applies to those folks as well, including: ERLite-3 and ERPoe-5 ER-8,…

Jan 1 2017

Thank you IBM, for 21 amazing years!

Today, December 31 2016, is my last day at IBM. It's been quite an adventure! It's fair to say I don't change jobs all that often. That said, IBM has afforded me numerous opportunities to dramatically change my job roles inside the company, and this article highlights some of the (hopefully) more…

Dec 31 2016

XPoint Storage Accelerator arrives in Kaby Lake ThinkPads in early 2017 as a really fast 16GB NVMe cache for its Intel RST RAID volume

3D XPoint is spoken as three dee cross point, see also Intel® Optane™ Technology co-developed with Micron, who calls it QuantX Technology. PC Perspective has once again done a great job of covering the latest consumer storage technology in yesterday's article and podcast discussion. We don't yet…

Dec 29 2016

The Portable Software-Defined Datacenter by Zack Widing, VMware vSAN cluster features 4 Xeon D Supermicro SuperServers

SDDC - Software-Defined Datacenter. Source. Zack Widing, Federal Sr. Systems Engineer at VMware. When the picture above first emerged on Twitter back on December 6th, my reaction was a mix of wonder and joy, with a touch of jelly. This Zack Widing @zCloudtech has taken the Xeon D platform and run…

Dec 23 2016

VMUG Advantage features EVALExperience, now with the latest VMware vSphere 6.5 inside!

I was recently in touch with a VMware contact about the issue with VMUG Advantage's aging code, not offering folks the latest vSphere 6.5 version released on Nov 15, 2016. It appears that problem has now been solved, announced today actually, have a look! Out with the old (now broken) URL: …

Dec 21 2016

The Xeon D Supermicro SuperServer "Bundle 2" of joy, a complete home datacenter virtualization solution that really flies

FlightAware.com composite map, Dec 08 2016. I'm flying with this home datacenter tomorrow, to present at my 14th user group presentation this year. This time, it's to one of the biggest VMware User Groups in the US, over in Minneapolis Minnesota! OK, I'm not actually trying to fly with that UPS…

Dec 7 2016

vSphere 6.5 Core Storage white paper - one home virtualization lab enthusiast's perspective

Let's start with Cormac Hogan's recent post: Announcing vSphere 6.5 Core Storage white paper Nov 28 2016 by Cormac Hogan at VMware | Blogs > Virtual Blocks I’m delighted to announce the availability of a new vSphere 6.5 core storage white paper. The paper covers new features such as VMFS-6…

Dec 7 2016

M.2 expansion for your NVMe SSDs - EZDIY adds, Angelbird Wings adds and cools, Amfeltec Squid adds, cools, and quadruples

Introduction Such adapter cards pass signals from your M.2 NVMe device right through to your motherboards PCIe slot, with no speed degradation. You can see these simple wire traces in the close-look video that's featured below, so there's no special drivers needed. Modern PCs and servers simply…

Dec 6 2016

Where to buy your Samsung 960 EVO or PRO M.2 NVMe SSDs, featuring the latest ordering and availability info

There have been many reports of issues with these 960 drives! Please read: Samsung 960 PRO/EVO/SM961/PM961 M.2 NVMe SSD disappearance workaround is to power cycle, boot from NVMe problems also reported Original article appears below. This will likely be my last manual update of order status. As…

Nov 30 2016