Supermicro SuperServer Workstation Graphics Card selection revisited, featuring VMware ESXi 6.5 passthrough testing of HHHL PCIe GPUs

HHHL stands for Half Height, Half Length (source). These are the type of single PCIe slot cards that fit into the Supermicro SuperServer SYS-5028D-TN4T mini-tower bundles, and are entirely PCIe bus powered. This means the watt consumption is generally under 70 watts at highest workloads, which…

Jul 19 2017

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

VMware vCenter Server 6.5.0e Release Notes vCenter Server Appliance 6.5.0e | 15 JUNE 2017 | ISO Build 5705665 See also: Full Patch for VMware vCenter Server Appliance 6.5.0e (2150416) kb.vmware.com/kb/2150416 Product Patch for vCenter Server Appliance 6.5 containing VMware software fixes,…

Jul 17 2017

Intel Xeon Scalable Processors (Purley) Unveiled - Intel and VMware touting roughly 2.5x performance gains over the Xeon of 4 years ago

Today was a big announcement day for both Intel and VMware. But before I leave you wondering any longer, yes, those big claims assume Intel Optane / 3D XPoint Inside. VMware Video First up, we have The VMware Storage YouTube Channel posting this short video by Lee Caswell, VMware VP of Products,…

Jul 11 2017

Ubiquiti EdgeRouter Lite (UBNT ERLite-3) Update - still works great for my family, and for my VMware vSphere, Windows, and Linux home lab

This article was originally intended for my audience at The Greater Boston Network Users Group at their July 11th meetup. Until I'm able to do a complete configuration walk through, this spot in a recent "Network Enthusiast" EdgeRouter video I created gives you a good look at how DNS is…

Jul 11 2017

Back-level VMware ESXi 6.5 vmkusb to 6.0 to restore Windows 10 VM's USB sound

Back in March of 2017, I needed to go back to using my SuperServer Workstation as my daily driver Windows 10 workstation, in large part because of excessive video render times for 4K video production workflow. This mean it was time to revisit how well this VM worked with the latest ESXi 6.5.0d,…

Jun 19 2017

Intel Optane M.2 16GB/32GB consumer NVMe SSDs for Windows caching are not fast as VMware VMFS or NTFS, save up for 800GB DC P4800X

Here are the Technical Specifications for the tested 32GB module. Intel® Optane™ Memory Series 32GB M.2 80mm Performance Sequential Read (up to) 1350 MB/s Sequential Write (up to) 290 MB/s Power - Active 3.5 Watts Power - Idle 1 Watt Endurance Rating (Lifetime Writes) 182.5 TB Enhanced Power…

Jun 11 2017

Intel Xeon D is a rather versatile platform, have a look!

In case you were wondering who makes Intel Xeon D based systems, wonder no more! Supermicro still has the most SKUs, but wow, what a diverse product line has sprung up in the roughly 15 months since the 4 to 16 core Xeon D variants began to ship in volume, joining the original 8 core Xeon D-1540.…

Jun 4 2017

Voting now open for Top vBlog 2017

Jump to Eric Siebert's vSphere-land voting page here! Not into reading words right now? Just vote here. It's that time of year again, when Eric Siebert of vSphere-land starts the process of updating his famous vLaunchPad with about 300 virtualization blogs listed. He even carefully includes those…

Jun 4 2017

May 2017 CPU Announcements - Intel Xeon Processor Scalable family and AMD EPYC for Datacenters, Intel 8th Gen Core i9 and AMD Ryzen Threadripper for Desktops

Throughout the month of May 2017, there were a lot of processor announcements from both Intel and AMD. This competition heating up is likely to help bring the cost down, as explained here and here, a good thing. But so far, Intel's response to increased pressure from AMD seems a bit messy.…

Jun 3 2017

VeeamON 2017 - Availability Suite v10 announced featuring backup of NASs and built-in Management for new Veeam Agent for Windows v2, unifying VM & PC backups

If you've read TinkerTry for a while, you'll know I've enjoyed relying on Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE, right through version 1.5, to protect multiple physical PCs in my family. Several times a year, I'll do a full restore of important PCs to a VM, to be absolutely sure my backups are good.…

May 31 2017

The VeeamON 2017 Experience

This article is a work in progress, more photos to be added soon. That's a lot of hi-res pics, glad I have KeyCDN ready for you! Had a great time at VeeamON 2017 in New Orleans, meeting many virtualization experts and bloggers for the first time. Oh, and I learned stuff too! There were also so many…

May 26 2017

Road-warrior productivity boosters for laptops blessed with USB-C but no Ethernet or VGA

Working in hotels with your laptop can be a pain, sometimes literally. I mean really working, and producing content. Here's just some of the issues commonly noticed when traveling for work like I do: no secondary display, man do I miss having one way-too-high desktop to type comfortably on…

May 15 2017

Open feedback for popular and free Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows 2.0 (RTM Pilot)

Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows Compare Editions, Download, Release Notes, and User Guide. I've been kicking the tires these last few weeks on Veeam's latest free backup offering for physical systems, using a Dell Precision 5510, and my Xeon D SuperServer. It's going quite well, with numerous…

May 13 2017

What Veeam is doing to help protect you from ransomware like WannaCry

Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows Compare Editions, Download, Release Notes, and User Guide. WannaCry Outcry This week ransomware got even nastier, with a new levels of proliferation. Being around a bunch of storage and availability experts this upcoming week at VeeamON is great timing, should…

May 13 2017

VeeamON 2017 has some remarkable technologists, and I'll be there!

See veeam.com/veeamon. I'll be an attendee at VeeamON 2017 in New Orleans this week, with about 2,000 other IT Pros. I'm honored to be going as a Veeam Vanguard, ready to learn, socialize, blog, and enjoy the remarkable keynote speakers: Sanjay Poonen Chief Operating Officer, Customer Operations,…

May 13 2017

New Supermicro BIOS 1.2 and (under validation) IPMI 3.52 for Xeon D SuperServers released Spring 2017

Looking to ignore release notes and disclaimers/warnings to get right to the downloads and detailed upgrade procedures? Jump below. I've now TinkerTry'd both of these releases. Preliminary, they seem to work well with my ESXi 6.5.0d, and my Samsung 960 EVO M.2 NVMe 1TB and Samsung 960 PRO M.2 NVMe…

May 2 2017

VMUG Advantage just added the latest NSX 6.3.1 and All Flash vSAN 6.6 bits to EVALExperience, great for vSphere home labs, just $180 a year!

I've been a big fan of the EVALExperience offering from the good folks at the VMware User Group organization for years. It's just one of the many benefits of subscribing to VMUG Advantage, and is worth far more than the $200 it costs online, or $180 at your friendly neighborhood VMUG UserCon, as…

May 1 2017

Samsung tells M.2 NVMe SSD firmware updaters "Download Limit Exceeded. We apologize for your inconvenience." Seriously?

Trying to go here: www.samsung.com/semiconductor/minisite/ssd/download/tools.html or here: www.samsung.com/semiconductor/minisite/ssd/download/overview.html to get to the direct download URL here: ssd.samsungsemi.com/ecomobile/ssd/update14.do?fname=/Samsung_SSD_960_PRO_2B6QCXP7.iso for the latest…

Apr 27 2017

How to import your VCSA certificate so ALL VMware vSphere browser security warnings go away in Windows 10

You can free up tons of vertical real-estate when doing your day-to-day vSphere sysadmin by hiding the URLs and tabs and dead space in Chrome, see: VMware vSphere Taskbar Shortcuts Unleashed - profile switcher isolated and uncluttered Chrome Browser UIs act like native Windows apps! Mar 27 2017 …

Apr 26 2017

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