VMware vSphere / ESXi 7.0 GA work-around for GPU passthrough issues including disabled-after-reboot bug and UI bug

A new and improved workaround is available as of Jun 18 2020, details below. When I was upgrading my primary Supermicro SuperServer Workstation / Datacenter, I ran into some strange problems with getting passthrough working. What would happen is that I'd get everything squared away, and boot my…

Apr 25 2020

Folding@homelab - Inspiring podcasts about the global vCommunity, with nerd stats on TinkerTry's 4 F@h VMs on VMware ESXi 7.0 on 4 Xeon D Servers

If you haven't already come across my article with a walk-through video about how easy it is to get started with Folding@home VMs, have a look! VMware Appliance for Folding@home - help researchers unfold the mystery of diseases like Coronavirus/COVID-19 virtually Mar 21 2020 It's now been about…

Apr 15 2020

Quick look at 5 VMware vSphere 7.0 features & tips to organize and personalize your vSphere Client

I thought I'd sprinkle a bit of home lab cheer for you all in this world-wide cooped-up weekend we're all in together. I thought you might find at least one or two tips in here that you didn't already know about vSphere Web Client, let me know! Got some more tips? Here's your chance for fame, just…

Apr 2 2020

How to upgrade from VMware vSphere 6.7 to vSphere 7.0, vCenter/VCSA first, then ESXi host(s) next

A nice dark-mode view of the TinkerTry Datacenter, consisting of 3 Xeon D-1500 systems and 1 Xeon D-2100 system. This is a placeholder, where I'll be describing the process of install, featuring most walk-through video for now. If you've done these updates before, this library of walk-through…

Apr 2 2020

VMware vSphere 7.0 is now GA, here's how to download it right away!

TLDR - To get downloading, the main VMware download page with all the stuff to sift through is here, with guidances on what exact files to get from where detailed below! If you're more of a YouTube watcher and you want to see what the ugprades to 7.0 are like, here's the article featuring informal…

Apr 2 2020

William Lam's "Homelab considerations for vSphere 7" predicts an easy install for Xeon D Supermicro SuperServers!

Back on March 10 2020, VMware announced vSphere 7. On Thursday, April 2nd, they've got a launch event planned, and I was originally hoping it'd also be the day we can finally get our hands-on the GA level bits. Like many others, I'll be having myself a close look at both the vExpert downloads and…

Mar 31 2020

VMware Appliance for Folding@home - help researchers unfold the mystery of diseases like COVID-19 virtually

Tips added since initial publication: There are server-side issues that result in failing to get work assigned to your VM, see ongoing discussions here, new automatic bigadv on 16 CPU or larger VMs seems to have helped. I have now published a short video of downloading/deploying/configuring 1.0.1…

Mar 21 2020

VMware vSphere 7 Announced

Check out the many related articles on the web in my See Also section below. If you're feeling kinda TLDR, try the video gallery below, with General Availability expected by May 1 2020. This long awaited major vSphere release was officially announced earlier today, and I've included 3 key excerpts…

Mar 10 2020

Model 3 HW3 brain replacement can cause temporary amnesia but Tesla Service can quickly restore your settings, all you need to know before you go

Test. Turns out Tesla Raj ran into this same all-settings-lost situation one day after me, and was told Tesla can't always restore settings, see also . See his reply to my comment. Tesla Canuck and Mother Frunker lost their settings too, my article is about a possible fix. Spoiler alert, Autosteer…

Feb 27 2020

Westport Connecticut Police first to use Model 3's large battery for siren, radio, and lights with Tesla cooperation, replacing 10 mpg gas cruiser with stealthy, efficient EV

I'm a tech enthusiast and Tesla Model 3 owner who recently attended this special EV Club of CT event. I'm reporting what I learned about the technology, with information I was unable to find anywhere else. If you have serious interest in this Model 3 for fleet use and have questions, please contact…

Feb 23 2020

Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows 4.0 demo of a fast Microsoft Windows 10 Version 1909 backup

On January 21 2020, Microsoft began allowing anybody who clicks on "Check for updates" to get their Windows 10 Version 1909. That means a lot of folks have it by now, and with the New Veeam Availability Suite v10 set to launch tomorrow, and it's likely that the Veeam Agent for Microsoft…

Feb 17 2020

VMware's William Lam publishes "VMware Community Homelabs Project" at virtuallyGhetto

When I was at VMware as a vSAN SE, I often got asked about what home lab equipment to buy. The answer was usually along the lines of "it depends." In other words, you need to know what the goals of the buyer are, and I always spent time asking a lot of questions before proposing anything,…

Feb 11 2020

Affordable and convenient way to get Tesla cables off the garage floor, trip-free charging from above!

Some of my Tesla videos and this article show a glimpse of how I handle overhead charging in our all-electric two car garage, with EVs in both pod bays: 2018 Tesla Model 3 Long Range Dual Motor (AWD) Midnight Silver, 48 amp home charging max 2020 Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus (RWD) White, 32…

Feb 1 2020

Michelin CrossClimate+ 18" tires for Tesla Model 3 are better in snow & rain, protect rims, cost less, but reduce range

Note, your Model 3 range might be reduced by as much as 10% with CrossClimate+ tires in the winter, and around 5% in the summer, this is difficult to measure exactly. After 7,685 miles on these tires, I've decided the trade-off is worth it for me here in New England. I'll provide more updates if…

Jan 31 2020

Things I noticed charging my Tesla Model 3 LR AWD at the very first V3 Superchargers in the Northeastern United States

On Monday January 27 2020, I enjoyed some pleasant weather on my afternoon career related road trip from my home in Wethersfield Connecticut, heading to the Philadelphia Pennsylvania area for the evening. That's about 419 miles to cover, in one day. Knowing I'd be passing by the Fairfield…

Jan 29 2020

Supermicro Xeon D SuperServer BIOS 2.1 / IPMI 3.86 released, how to upgrade with ease!

Step-by-step walk through video is now available! The only information I have about this 2.1 BIOS release is from a helpful TinkerTry commenter who said: I reached out to Supermicro, and they gave me some rather vague info: "BIOS 2.1 update info for SYS-5028D-TN4T/ X10SDV MB BIOS 2.1 has…

Jan 21 2020

WhiteCanyon VP Nathan Jones walks me through a live demo of WipeDrive using a VMware ESXi 6.7 VM in TinkerTry's home lab!

White Canyon Software has been in the business of certified drive wipes for over 21 years! It's about time I had a look for myself, here's their WipeDrive 9 Product Page. Disclosure: This unpaid article and video demonstrates WipeDrive by WhiteCanyon. WhiteCanyon has run an occasional ad through…

Jan 18 2020

Hear about the amazing Veeam Vanguard program. Maybe my dozen years of Veeam stories will inspire you to apply by Jan 21 2020!

Put your nomination(s) in by January 21 2020, all the instructions are in Nikola Pejková's post here. You can nominate yourself (or be nominated by another person), so don’t be shy and apply by sending your profile summary or CV to As of Jan 21 2020, nominations are now closed. Existing Vanguards re…

Jan 15 2020

Featured on "Home Gadget Geeks" Episode #429 "Paul Braren Podcasts from the Tesla 3 and Buys Another"

TeslaFi Affiliate Link above, Amazon and other commission-earning links below. I just got home from a roadtrip to visit family in Boston, spending just $9.11 cents in electricity to move ourselves 208 miles total. What a nice treat to catch this tweet (pictured at right) by @awraynor, time to…

Jan 12 2020

TinkerTry tech highlights from the 2010s and an optimistic look ahead

Taken in Wethersfield Connecticut on Oct 23 2019 by Paul Braren with an iPhone 11 Pro Max. I like the outdoors, and I like our planet. It seems fitting to write this post today to give this decade a bit of closure, especially since I created TinkerTry back near the start of this decade. It was June…

Dec 31 2019

Design and specification changes between Tesla Model 3 2018 and 2020 model years and between LR AWD and SR+ models

Both Models 3s ready to go, charged to 90%. My wife and I love our Model 3s. This is not meant to degrade anybody's experience, they're amazing vehicles. Tesla has always made changes to their cars any time of year they feel like, I knew that going in. There's a huge price difference between my two…

Dec 24 2019

First year and 25,000 miles of Tesla Model 3 ownership went very well, far exceeding our expectations

It's going well! So well that my wife and I carefully decided to do this last week: Tesla Tuesday for my wife, getting rid of our last gas car ever, a 2005 Honda Civic Dec 16 2019 We only get a car every 10 to 15 years, so this was a huge decision for us. Free Supercharging: If you find this…

Dec 23 2019

Tesla Tuesday for my wife, getting rid of our last gas car ever, a 2005 Honda Civic

Ready for departure! We both went for even more efficient cars than we already had, and let's be real, those Civics were more like 30 mpg and 25 mpg in the winter. Free Supercharging: If you find this article of value and decide to order a Tesla, please consider using this ts.la/paul68544…

Dec 16 2019

VMUG Advantage EVALExperience is serious about home labs with a 10% discount for TinkerTry readers and now includes VCF and SRM too!

Backstory Last week, this timely twitter exchange occurred, seen at right. JD Wallace noticed that the code at VMUG Advantage isn't always quite at the very latest patch level. The kind volunteer who updates the VMUG Advantage EVALExperience growing library of huge files does so on a quarterly…

Nov 5 2019