How to automatically run an elevated program shortcut at Windows startup, without login or UAC prompts

Backstory Why did I want to do this? Well, I was setting up to record this one-long-shot 4K test video, where I wanted my Window Server 2016 test system to automatically go right into maximum CPU and RAM abuse mode, without requiring a keyboard or monitor. A little strange, I know, and certainly a…

Nov 10 2016

Supermicro SuperServer Xeon D / X10SDV IPMI Release Notes Changelog

Looking for just the latest release notes? Jump below. Looking for the October 2016 IPMI 3.46 release? Jump to this detailed article. What does IPMI stand for? Intelligent Platform Management Interface, see Wikipedia: ... a set of computer interface specifications for an autonomous computer…

Nov 7 2016

Supermicro SuperServer Xeon D / X10SDV BIOS Release Notes Changelog

Looking for just the latest release notes? Jump below. Looking for the October 2016 BIOS 1.1c release? Jump to this detailed article. What does BIOS stand for? Basic Input/Output System, see Wikipedia: The BIOS (/ˈbaɪ.ɒs/, an acronym for Basic Input/Output System and also known as the System…

Nov 7 2016

New Supermicro BIOS 1.1c and IPMI 3.46 for Xeon D SuperServers features HTML5 iKVM

Looking to ignore release notes and disclaimers/warnings to get right to the downloads? Jump below. See also video demonstrating of how HTML5/iKVM lets you dump Java, if you can get around the known IPMI 3.46 issues. Here's the current Supermicro Xeon D-1500 systems with X10SDV motherboards, in…

Nov 4 2016

Supermicro SuperServer SYS-5028D-TN4T 65 watt 12 core Xeon D-1567 uses taller heatsink and larger, slower CPU fan than 8 core 45 watt Xeon D-1541

In the article I recently published: Unboxing and assembly of first Xeon D-1567 Supermicro system, the SYS-5028D-TN4T 12 Core Bundle 2 right there, at 23 minutes and 37 seconds into the video 00:23:37 - new CPU heatsink / fan discovered ...where I notice that the CPU heatsink/fan combination…

Oct 27 2016

Unboxing and assembly of first Xeon D-1567 Supermicro system, the SYS-5028D-TN4T 12 Core Bundle 2

Supermicro's first Xeon D-1567 System! Unboxed, drives installed, OS install started, options shown Despite Typhoon Chaba and Hurricane Matthew related delays (slowing shipping from Taiwan to San Jose to Miami to Connecticut), it's here, one of the world's first Xeon D-1567 systems! Mine shipped…

Oct 25 2016

Check out "vSphere 6.5 – Everything You Need To Know" by Brian Graf & "Migrate 2 VCSA (you should)" podcast featuring Emad Younis

Brian Graf, VMware Senior Product Manager - HA/DRS You might remember Brian from this wonderful work of art, his extremely detailed technical poster called: PowerCLI 5.8r1 Reference Poster Now Available! You'll also see from following him @vBrianGraf that he's quite the world traveler, and I'm…

Oct 23 2016

How to use Parted Magic's Secure Erase for SSDs, updated for PCIe and M.2 NVMe

Why might you need a fast and easy way to quickly wipe all the data off any brand of SSD including PCIe NVMe and/or M.2 NVMe drives? I covered the SATA version of this back here: How to use Parted Magic's Secure Erase to restore performance of your home lab's abused SSDs This article is just an…

Oct 22 2016

TinkerTry Highlights 001

TinkerTry Highlights New tech evolves quickly, TinkerTry's agility reflects that reality My ongoing home tinkering tends to bring new insights to previously published topics. As I explained here, when the technical updates below articles are significant, I'm pulling together a curated list of those…

Oct 19 2016

TinkerTry Highlights 000 - Introduction

TinkerTry Highlights New tech evolves quickly, TinkerTry's agility reflects that reality My ongoing home tinkering tends to bring new insights to previously published topics. When the technical updates below articles are significant, I'm pulling together a curated list of those changes in this…

Oct 19 2016

VMware vSphere 6.5 announced today, here's how to download it fast

Nov 15 2016 11:00am ET - Released! Article below updated, and title changed from "VMware vSphere 6.5 announced today, here's how to download it fast, once it becomes available in Q4 2016" to "VMware vSphere 6.5 announced today, here's how to download it fast" Nov 15 2016 09:30am…

Oct 18 2016

Camtasia 9 video editor finally arrives with a new UI, 4K support, and 64 bits on PC or Mac. Worth the wait?

Backstory Last year, I wrote: I do hope TechSmith goes forward with plans to develop a truly 64 bit version of Studio Finally, it's here, Camtasia video editing, in 64 bits! OKEMOS, Mich. – October 12, 2016 - TechSmith Releases New Version of Camtasia: A Powerful Platform for Making…

Oct 14 2016

NAKIVO Backup & Replication v6.2 released, same easy choice for VM backups, with new AWS EC2 instance support

Nov 29 2016 Critical Update - If you are already using a 6.2 release prior to today, see article updates below for details on the important, just-released Updater that's recommended for all existing v6.2.0 users. Those downloading new aren't affected. I'm so glad to hear NAKIVO Backup &…

Oct 13 2016

ASUS XG-U2008 fanless unmanaged network switch - $249 gets 8 1GbE ports and 2 10GbE ports for my Xeon D two-node cluster

The ASUS XG-U2008 switch is available at Amazon, B&H, and Newegg, see also specifications. These are affiliate links, see disclosure below every article for details. Video unboxing in 4K, and testing under VMware ESXi 6.0U2, here. That purple Netgear XS708T is about as wide as the 2 Xeon D…

Oct 12 2016

Three more chances at seeing a TinkerTry Xeon D SuperServer virtualization demo in 2016, at VMUGs in Vermont, Florida, and Minnesota!

All the details about these 3 remaining demonstrations in 2016 are found here: TinkerTravels 2016 - More than a dozen technical demonstrations at a variety of user groups and conferences where you'll also be able to scroll back and see the 9 other presentations that already happened! Google Maps…

Oct 6 2016

Dave McCabe announced podcast RESET at #BestMeetupEver 2016 where SmartHomeHQ took 360° video of TinkerTry'd SuperServer overview

I already told the story of the trials and tribulations and a failed engine starter motor, which cause our plane to make a barking dog sound. The 10 hour delay almost kept me from getting to Indianapolis this year, see also pictures below. In the end, I obviously made it, with my day-of-release…

Oct 3 2016

Windows Server 2016 ISO now available for download, Microsoft offering free datacenter licenses to VMware users*

* Customers pay only the cost of Software Assurance. See also visitor comment below. You may recall me doing a bit of Hyper-V testing and demonstration earlier this year, using the impressively-stable Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 5 (beta) code. I also tested it as a VMware ESXi 6.0U2 VM…

Oct 1 2016

Notes from MWhite - "Home Lab Decision Making – NUC and Supermicro" and "Setting up my new Supermicro vSphere host"

Putting yourself out there on the web has its benefits, including virtually meeting people from all over this planet who share tips and tricks. What a nice feeling, when I recently came across the perspective of an enthusiastic Mac/NUC/SuperServer guy who recently went through the home lab…

Sep 29 2016

iPhone 7 Plus really does perform 2 to 3 times faster than iPhone 6 Plus

Plane Tales - why my iPhone 7 Plus was delivered to the airport At 3am on Friday, September 9th, one of my sons and I awoke to place orders for my extended family's iPhone 7 Plus upgrades from iPhone 6 Plus. Despite getting all the orders completed from 3:18am to 3:43am, the estimated delivery wait…

Sep 22 2016

Anandtech - Samsung Announces 960 PRO And 960 EVO M.2 PCIe SSDs (Updated)

Josh @jcefidel, about your tweet, pictured at right, I'm honored! Loaner status (not Loner status ;-) Unfortunately, despite my attempts to reach Samsung PR, and my visits to their booth at VMworld 2015 and VMworld 2016, I have failed to secure any test samples. In a perfect world, I'd be…

Sep 21 2016

Check out vBrownBag's many "Focus on the expert – VMworld US 2016" video interviews, featuring Xeon D cluster demonstration

I'm honored to know Ariel Sanchez (@arielsanchezmor) for some years now, and even captured a bit of his signature happiness on camera at last year's VMworld here. Well this year, with the help of friend Jonathan Frappier (@jfrappier) and new friend Matt Crape (@MattThatITGuy), Ariel made this…

Sep 10 2016

On Xeon D Supermicro SuperServers, don't connect 24 pin ATX power connector at the same time as nearby 4 pin connector

I've had couple of folks alert me to potential issues that result from having both power connectors simultaneously connected. One guy reporting SATA ports gone bad, perhaps caused by an EU reseller that had attached both connectors simultaneously. I've had one report of a non-bundle bare-bones…

Sep 10 2016

Bug in some Intel Broadwell CPUs (Xeon D-1500 and Xeon E5/E7 v4) can result in VMware ESXi 5.5/6.0 PSODs, VMware KB 2146388 explains BIOS fix needed (FIX released Sep 14 2016)

Oct 17 2016 Update - BIOS 1.1c has been released to address this issue, details below. I haven't yet confirmed with owners whether this resolves the intermittent/rare issue. Original article below. Jun 29 2016 - First Xeon E PSOD report Xeon E5 2650v4 owner's ESXi 6.0 Build 3620759 PSOD, June 29,…

Sep 9 2016

Ring Video Doorbell users also have PC and Mac apps, faster than unlocking your phone

In case you hadn't spotted this yet, Ring made an announcement on their blog: #AlwaysHome, Even from Your Desktops May 02 2016 by Yul at Ring featuring a nice functionality overview of the free apps, and download links for the Windows and Mac App stores. I've been using the Windows version on…

Sep 8 2016