When selecting a big hard drive for your homelab's VMware ESXi VMFS datastore, consider the 512e over the 4Kn version

Image adapted from "Microsoft support policy for 4K sector hard drives in Windows" In my day job in IT, the move to all flash has been pretty much complete for all near big business and enterprise sales for a good 2-3 years now. The picture is different in the home lab. NASs are commonly…

Feb 17 2021

SSD Benchmarking Expert Allyn Malventano is back online, with recent appearances on Intel Memory Storage Moment and on PC Perspective Podcast chatting about Tesla eMMC!

Roughly two years ago, Ryan Shrout, Allyn Malventano, and Ken Addison headed from their massive accomplishments at PC Perspective to join Intel. I had the honor of meeting these guys in the PC Perspective studio, and Allyn was kind enough to even record an NVMe story swap with me in that very same…

Feb 10 2021

Sense electricity monitoring gets new superpowers, exclusive Co-founder interview and Product Manager live demonstration

How Does Sense Detect My Devices? Christopher Micali, Co-founder, VP Product Emory Griffith, Senior Product Manager With some persistence, forum participation, and a bit of luck, TinkerTry somehow landed a scoop on some new features and capabilities that Sense is planning to introduce in 2021,…

Feb 10 2021

SpaceX launches Starship SN9 prototype to test belly flop re-entry on earth, intended to be a reusable way to land 100 humans on Moon or Mars

Today was the second high-altitude test flight of the rather unique looking SpaceX Starship prototype rocket. Its stainless-steel construction is rather unique too, and so is the rapid iteration, all part of SpaceX's determination to lower the cost of spaceflight, in hopes of making humans an…

Feb 2 2021

William Lam's "Supermicro VMware Homelab 2020 Options" and an update on TinkerTry's next Intel or AMD based home lab Bundle on the VMware Compatibility Guide

virtuallyGhetto.com Click/tap the image above to read William's article. William Lam does yet another fantastic job summing up the current line-up of small-form factor Supermicro gear including some Xeon D-1500 and Xeon D-2100 based systems. While I don't know William, and I'm not at all sure why…

Jan 25 2021

How to split a 4K Dolby Vision source such as Tivo EDGE to a 4K TV and to secondary rooms' 1080P TVs including Netflix & Amazon Prime and RF remote control

Why? This article sets out to show which exact combination of components and settings I used to successfully allow my wife and I to watch the same thing on TV simultaneously, even when we're not in the same room. My home already had a 100' HDMI cable and a 75' CAT5e cable strung to two upstairs…

Jan 25 2021

Featured on Tech Breakfast Podcast on Jan 15 2021 "Paul Braren: Eyes - Tesla Recall - Tedlexa - Mushrooms - Intel - EVs - Boeing"

I had a chance to enjoy my third appearance on this fun and informative podcast, you can play it back above in the embedded player, or at right with speed controls, or using your favorite podcast app, you'll see me using Overcast in my tweet below. Hopefully this article's show notes will be…

Jan 17 2021

My 2020 tech happenings

I took this photo above while parked at the top of Mount Washington in New Hamsphire. Beautiful clear skies ahead is the vibe I'm going for by choosing this pic. Yes, 2020 was memorable for some pretty terrible things. In this technical article, I'm focusing on the positive tech that impacted my…

Dec 31 2020

Wi-Fi 6 in the new eero Pro 6 can totally keep up with full gigabit internet speeds!

Correction, it's important to read what eero says about their built-in speed test: If you'd like to run a speed test on your client devices (phones, computers, laptops, etc.) to test your network speeds, there are many available resources, including www.speedtest.net. We typically check more than…

Nov 17 2020

VMUG Advantage and TinkerTry pairing up on Nov 17 2020 for #ADVTinkerTryTakeover event, part of National Career Development Month!

In over 9 years of content creation here at TinkerTry, with a majority having something to do with virtualization, there has never been a closer match with what TinkerTry set out to do than the VMUG Advantage program. So when they recently asked me to consider helping out with their all day event,…

Nov 16 2020

A few safe Tesla owners selected to share testing of "Full Self-Driving" beta including new driver-monitored city street navigation

Above photo is my screenshot of James Locke's video. I'd encourage all volunteer #FSDBeta drivers to listen to this Autonocast podcast's words of extreme caution, and this one filled with alternative perspectives. In my opinion, something bad happening could set driver-assist technology back…

Oct 25 2020

How to easily install VMware ESXi 7.0 Update 1 onto a 32GB or larger USB flash drive

This article is still undergoing minor refinement based on further testing. This is a basic overview document of the fresh install process, highlighting the steps that I walk you right through in the accompanying video below, should work on any supported VMware ESXi server. One advantage of this…

Oct 18 2020

Featured on Tech Breakfast Podcast on Oct 12 2020 "NeXT Computers - Quantum Cryptography - Ransomware - Tesla Update"

I'm glad to have had a chance to enjoy my second appearance on such a fun and informative podcast to be a guest on: Featured on Tech Breakfast Podcast on May 04 2020 "Digital Transformation - Telsa/Elon - Fairphone - Intel - Rockets" May 04 2020 and they've apparently already grown to…

Oct 13 2020

VMware Cloud Director, VMware Workstation 16 Pro & Fusion 12 Pro additions to VMUG Advantage are now available, along with vSphere 7.0 Update 1!

These are major new superpowers your new or existing VMUG Advantage subscription, part of the EVALExperience set of code access perks. Announced minutes ago: VMWARE CLOUD DIRECTOR, VMWARE WORKSTATION 16 PRO, AND VMWARE FUSION 12 PRO NOW AVAILABLE! Oct 08 2020 by Molly Smith at VMUG Communities …

Oct 8 2020

VMware vSphere 7.0 Update 1 is now GA, here's how to download it any which way!

TLDR - Today, vSphere 7.0 Update 1 became generally available to download, install, or upgrade, announced by VMware here. Be sure to use VUM to update your VCSA first, then update your ESXi host(s) with the preferred Lifecycle Manager. Alternatively, use ESXCLI to upgrade which doesn't require…

Oct 6 2020

VMworld 2020 Recap: VMware vSphere 7.0U1 advancements: SmartNICs (aka DPUs) are going to be big!

TLDR version - VMware vSphere with Tanzu allows vSphere Enterprise Plus customers to support Kubertnetes workloads without requiring the full VMware Cloud Foundation stack. Customers won't have to deploy NSX and vSAN to get Kubernetes workloads, and deployment time should be around an hour. Note…

Oct 1 2020

Mt. Washington Auto Road in an electric vehicle is a beautiful, joyful and thrilling experience!

Electric vehicles are especially-well-suited for climbing and descending large mountains, especially given these unique attributes: I think I captured that feeling of being at the top of the world, more like a pilot than a driver. You can probably figure out which model of Tesla this is. EVs are…

Sep 21 2020

VMware vSphere 7.0 Update 1 announced, with vSAN 7 Update 1 featuring HCI Mesh

There's a pattern here. VMware announced VMware vSphere 7 on March 10 2020, and the code went GA and became available for download on April 2, 2020. This week, VMware vSphere 7.0 Update 1 was announced on September 15, so when can we download it? We'll likely found out for sure soon with VMworld…

Sep 20 2020

EV Club of CT's Barry Kresch discusses CHEAPR rebates, Westport CT's Model 3 Police Car, and Jim Motavalli's upcoming interview with Jay Leno

Why an article like this in a period of pandemic, along with joblessness, massive social unrest, and a growing sense of profound injustice and climate crisis? I'd argue what better time to help others start to not just think about a more sustainable future, but to act in a more sustainable way.…

Sep 15 2020

Synology DiskStation DS1621xs+ NAS announced featuring VMware agentless backup, Xeon D, 10G and optional M.2 NVMe caching SSDs

Introduction This article is an update to my previous, closely-related article about some hands-on time I had with this 2018 product: Synology DiskStation DS1618+ NAS First Look featuring 10GbE! Mar 11 2019 which generated many reader comments where it became evident that others felt much as I…

Sep 10 2020

Get your lab ready for VMware's VMworld 2020, VMUG Advantage is offering TinkerTry readers 15% off throughout September, refer a friend!

TLDR Short URL for this article that's easy to share with your IT friends: tinkertry.com/tinkertry15 with VMUG Advantage sign-up page here. Backstory Click to learn more or subscribe. It's been such an honor to enjoy an active readership of my various virtualization articles over these past 9+…

Sep 1 2020

Supermicro SYS-5028D-TN4T mini-tower/Wiredzone Bundles are now on the VCG for ESXi 7.0 and 7.0U1, full VMware support resumed!

TLDR Gladly, the super popular SYS-5028D-TN4T mini tower and the 1U rack mount SYS-5018D-FN4T and SYS-5018D-FN8T are now on the VCG (VMware Compatibility Guide) for ESXi 7.0 & VCG for ESXi 7.0 Update 1. Sadly the mini 1U SYS-E300-8D and SYS-E200-8D are not listed for any 7.x release. From…

Aug 26 2020

VMware vCenter Server 7.0.0d resolves issue with 7.0.0c high CPU usage in VCSA VM

You can probably figure out that I upgraded from 7.0.0b to 7.0.0c around August 20th, and gave it 4 vCPUs. Note the daily spikes, presumably backups, I haven't yet verified. Also note that this screenshot is vSphere Client on iOS Safari, with no certificate errors. VMware Fling called vSphere…

Aug 26 2020

Washington DC VMUG Presentation on Aug 20 2020 - TinkerTry home lab’s VMware vSphere 7.0 upgrade challenges, successes, and lessons learned.

Some silly tourist doing selfies on United States Capitol Grounds - July 12, 2019. I wanted to let folks know that I'll be presenting tomorrow, and I'm hoping folks can join us from all across the world to not just hear my experiences, but to share yours as well. In case you didn't know, Al Rasheed…

Aug 19 2020