First look at the Ring Alarm Home Security System

If you find value in the article and/or video below, please consider using one of these links when buying your own Ring Alarm Home Security System, available now on Amazon, Best Buy, and directly from (non-affiliate-link) ring.com. My first Ring products were the Ring Video Doorbell and the Ring…

Jul 5 2018

I experienced some intermittent WiFi issues with one of my family member's iOS devices, here was eero WiFi support's spectacular response

I had some networking stalling issues with an iPhone 7 Plus device on my home's otherwise quite stable network. I was basically asking whether they knew of anything that could explain how one iOS 11 device could have some issues after moving around the home, versus the other iPhone 8 Plus and…

Jul 2 2018

Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 Update 3a RTM is now available featuring VMware vSphere 6.7 support

If you've been watching my article: Status of VMware vSphere 6.7 support by VM backup companies Apr 19 2018 you already know what's been happening with the VM backup companies trying to get full vSphere 6.7 support out the door within about 60 to 90 days of its announcement and release: …

Jun 26 2018

USB Image Tool for Windows easily backs up and restores your complete VMware ESXi hypervisor on USB or SD flash drives, a simple/free clone for peace of mind before patching or upgrading

I created the video below that features a very detailed walk-through of an imaging process of the ESXi hypervisor installation that seems to work quite well for me. I tested this heavily when tinkering with various vSphere 6.5 and 6.7 versions in my home lab. While the use of such an tool isn't…

Jun 14 2018

I'm going to VMworld 2018 US, my 7th time attending, and I get to present!

Just want to jump down below to my VMworld 2018 US session list? Click here. I just got approval and booked my trip to VMworld yesterday, awesome! Like last year's retrospective, here's a summary look back at the variety of roles and activities I've done at VMworld over the years, ending with my…

Jun 13 2018

Hands-on the new Supermicro SuperServer SYS-E300-9D featuring 4 core Intel Xeon D-2123IT: testing and analysis

There’s a newer article about a significantly updated -9D model you may want to read at: New 1U Supermicro SuperServer SYS-E300-9D 4 and 8 core Xeon D-2100 models bring back the E300-8D's M.2 slot and network ports Oct 31 2018 The optional PCIe riser adapter and OC-SLG3-2M2 2x M.2 NVMe adapter…

May 24 2018

VeeamON 2018 Recap

Image above adapted from Anthony Spiteri's excellent VeeamON 2018 Recap. See also my extensive, picture-filled @paulbraren #VeeamON timeline. I may not have been VMware's first choice to cover this Other Veeam Vanguards from VMware's Technical Marketing team were unable to attend due to…

May 21 2018

How to download your VMUG Advantage EVALExperience VMware vSphere 6.7 VCSA and ESXi ISOs and 365 day license keys

If you are wondering exactly where to find your coveted, legitimate VCSA 6.7 and ESXi 6.7 ISOs VMware-VCSA-all-6.7.0-8217866.iso VMware-VMvisor-Installer-6.7.0-8169922.x86_64.iso and license keys for your non-production home lab, then you've come to the right place! I've done the hardest part for…

May 4 2018

VMware Product Interoperability Matrices for VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi)

I haven't spotted this table out there recently, with all the vSphere 6.7 discussion these past few days since launch on Tue Apr 17 2018. So I figured I'd give it some visibility, since you may not have read these three documents carefully enough: Important information before upgrading to vSphere…

Apr 22 2018

Status of VMware vSphere 6.7 support by VM backup companies

Above image adapted from What's New with vSphere 6 HOL. Table of Contents, in alphabetic order: Altaro VM Backup Commvault Micro Focus VM Explorer Virtual Machine Backup NAKIVO Backup & Replication Unitrends Backup Veeam Backup & Replication This short article is really just about one of…

Apr 19 2018

Supermicro SuperServer Xeon D-1500 Bundle mini-tower and 1U rack mount are already on the VMware Compatibility Guide for ESXi 6.7

Two years and 2 months ago, I enthusiastically announced the first time Supermicro Xeon D-1500 systems arrived on the VCG (VMware Compatibility Guide): Supermicro SuperServer SYS-5028D-TN4T mini-tower now ready for business as the first Intel Xeon D-1500 in the VMware HCL (Compatibility Guide)…

Apr 19 2018

How to easily update your VMware Hypervisor from 6.x to 6.7 (ESXi 6.7 Build 8169922) using ESXCLI or VUM

This article has largely been superceded/replaced by the newer version, see: How to easily update your VMware ESXi Hypervisor to the latest version with one ESXCLI command Aug 14 2018 See also Eric Siebert's Important information to know before upgrading to vSphere 6.7 and Brandon Lee's VMware…

Apr 18 2018

How to easily update your VMware vCenter Server Appliance from 6.x to 6.7 (VCSA 6.7 Build 8217866)

This article is a work-in-progress DRAFT, meanwhile, you can see how easy an upgrade is from 6.5 to 6.7 in this step-by-step article (spoiler, it's not VAMI, it's using a GUI wizard): How To Upgrade VCSA 6.5 to VCSA 6.7 Jul 12 2018 by Mayur Parmar at Mastering VMware As always, you need to…

Apr 18 2018

How to easily install VMware ESXi 6.7 on an Intel Xeon D Supermicro SuperServer

This is a basic overview document, highlighting the steps that I walk you right through in the accompanying video below. The video features my live recording done on the very day vSphere 6.7 was announced and released, so it's a bit rough around the edges and completely unrehearsed. All that aside,…

Apr 17 2018

VMware vSphere 6.7 released today, here's how to download it right away

Today, not only were we treated to the vSphere 6.7 announcement, but within a few hours, all the bits became available for download too! This includes vSAN 6.7 too, of course. Here's the main download link you need for all key vSphere 6.7 related items most likely to be running in your home lab: …

Apr 17 2018

VMware vSphere 6.7 featuring vSAN 6.7 announced!

It's a big day! See also virtuallyGhetto's All vSphere 6.7 release notes & download links, but note that not all the links are live quite yet. Meanwhile, VMware has a lot of detail in the press release and technical blog posts ready already. Enjoy! 2:00pm EDT Update - The vSphere 6.7 bits are…

Apr 17 2018

How to use GRC's new DNS Benchmark, noting that malware protection is likely the primary benefit of avoiding your ISP's default DNS

What is DNS? THE GLUE THAT HOLDS THE INTERNET TOGETHER The Domain Name System (or DNS) converts human readable domain names (like: www.google.com) into Internet Protocol (IP) addresses (like: 173.194.39.78). Computers can only communicate using series of numbers, so DNS was developed as a sort of…

Apr 4 2018

Cloudflare 1.1.1.1 is another Google Public DNS alternative promising better privacy, with tested faster DNS Benchmark speeds

Cloudflare's announcement: Announcing 1.1.1.1: the fastest, privacy-first consumer DNS service ... Seriously, April 1? The only question that remained was when to launch the new service? This is the first consumer product Cloudflare has ever launched, so we wanted to reach a wider audience. At…

Apr 1 2018

Supermicro Xeon D SuperServer BIOS 1.3 released pretty much just for Spectre mitigation / IPMI 3.58 is still the latest

BIOS 1.3 has been released mostly just to address Side Channel Speculative Execution and Indirect Branch Prediction, also referred to as Spectre (type 2) mitigation. This new release was first spotted by jrp Friday evening Mar 23, with my usual TinkerTry'ing and documentation effort still underway,…

Mar 27 2018

NAKIVO v7.4 beta is now open!

Turn Your QNAP, Synology, ASUSTOR, or WD NAS into a VM Backup Appliance - Improve backup performance by up to 2X and offload your IT infrastructure It's no secret that I quite enjoy the simplicity of installing the NAKIVO Backup & Replication appliance in a home lab. Getting your most precious…

Mar 21 2018

How to easily update your VMware Hypervisor from 6.x to 6.5 Update 1 Patch Release ESXi-6.5.0-20180304001-standard (ESXi Build 7967591) with Spectre mitigation

As covered earlier at TinkerTry, patching for the branch target injection vulnerability known as Spectre-2 requires you to patch your: My own home lab tests of these patches are going well so far. VCSA/vCenter ESXi server(s) (this article) Each VM operating system Each server('s) BIOS/firmware …

Mar 20 2018

How to easily update your VMware vCenter Server Appliance from 6.5.x to 6.5 Update 1g (VCSA 6.5 U1g) with Spectre mitigation

As covered earlier at TinkerTry, patching for the branch target injection vulnerability known as Spectre-2 requires you to patch your: VCSA/vCenter (this article) ESXi server(s) Each VM operating system Each server(s) BIOS/firmware This article is an update to my recent article that has the full…

Mar 20 2018

Supermicro SuperServer Xeon D-1500 Bundle mini-tower and 1U rack mount are finally on the VMware Compatibility Guide for ESXi 6.5U1

Just over 2 years ago, I enthusiastically announced: Supermicro SuperServer SYS-5028D-TN4T mini-tower now ready for business as the first Intel Xeon D-1500 in the VMware HCL (Compatibility Guide) Feb 10 2016 Then, I visited Supermicro's booth at VMworld 2016, I politely inquired why ESXi 6.5…

Mar 15 2018

Introducing the 1U Supermicro SuperServer SYS-E300-9D featuring the new Intel Xeon D-2100, the only somewhat home lab friendly system announced

A TinkerTry reader send this great comment early today, how timely! I'm disappointed that I don't have a great answer for Koen, at least not yet anyway. Click to visit the Supermicro SuperServer E300-9D Product page. For folks who don't need much storage and don't mind 1U fan noise, the only…

Mar 10 2018