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

Today is my first day at Dell Technologies as an Advisory vArchitect!

Dear TinkerTry Readers: Today, October 28th of 2019, is my very first day at Dell! To be more precise, I'm now an Advisory vArchitect at Dell Techologies, and I'm quite glad to finally be able to share the news. Dell EMC, Rocky Hill, Connecticut. As a 21-year IBM veteran with a background in…

Oct 28 2019

iPhone XS Plus and iPhone 11 Pro Max Photo Gallery, by Paul Braren at TinkerTry

This article is a work in progress, having told several people here in Prague that I'll publish full resolution of my iPhone photos as soon as possible, as the blurring that Twitter does really doesn't show what phones are capable of these days. I had promised to share full resolution images of…

Oct 15 2019

Travel Tech for my 10 days of travel with my parents to Germany, Austria, Czech Republic and Italy before and after 2019 Veeam Vanguard Summit in Prague

This article will be updated over the next few weeks with comments added about which items worked well and which didn't work out so well, along with some photos. See also last year's Travel Tech for my 10 days of driving around Germany, Poland, and Czech Republic for Veeam Vanguard Summit in…

Oct 9 2019

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max does fit the Apple Smart Battery Case meant for the XS Max, but blocks the flash and 0.5X lense

Bottom line Yes, you can do it, but that doesn't mean you should. [Nov 20 2019 Update - Apple just released an iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Max Smart Case!] Squeezing this case on is a temporary stop-gap solution for occasional use, at best. Since the side buttons don't line up, the usefulness of this…

Sep 22 2019

My VMware vSphere 6.7 Update 3 Upgrade Experience

This vSphere update was officially announced 6.7 Update 3 last week, and yesterday, it became available to download. For folks with only VMUG Advantage EVALExperience with its (currently) older 6.7 Update 2 VMware-VMvisor-Installer-6.7.0.update02-13006603.x86_64.iso they can instead use ESXCLI to…

Aug 21 2019

VMware vSphere 6.7 Update 3 Download

This vSphere update was officially announced last week: VMware vSphere 6.7 Update 3 Announced Today, vSphere 6.7 Update 3 became generally available, and anybody can download and install or upgrade, or just use VUM to upgrade. If you only have VMUG Advantage EVALExperience with its (currently)…

Aug 20 2019

VMware vSphere 6.7 Update 3 Announced

This vSphere update was officially announced one week ago: Announcing vSphere 6.7 Update 3 Aug 13 2019 by Niels Hagoort at VMware vSphere Blog We are excited to announce the future release of VMware vSphere 6.7 Update 3. This new vSphere release comes with enhancements that will continue to…

Aug 20 2019

VTUG Summer Slam 2019 was the last VTUG ever! Thanks for the memories, Dawn, Chris, and Chris!

If you're just here for the nostalgia, no problem, check out the Photos, Videos below, or have a look back at all my VTUG tweets. Don't get misty on me, not yet, I got more for you, read on... Magic moment #1 One of the most touching moments in my IT career ever was thanks to Matt Broberg…

Jul 24 2019

NAKIVO Backup & Replication v9.0 adds agent based physical Windows Server backups to existing VMware 6.7 and Hyper-V 2019 backup capabilities

Turn Your QNAP, Synology, ASUSTOR, WD, or Netgear NAS into a VM Backup Appliance, claiming to improve backup performance by up to 2X and offload your IT infrastructure I recently wrote about NAKIVO v8.5.2 with detailed walk-thru install and configure videos, see that detailed article here: NAKIVO…

Jul 24 2019

Replaced my failed gas water heater with a much more efficient Rheem hybrid electric with WiFi, its quiet heat pump is also dehumidying and cooling my basement

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Residential Energy Consumption Survey 2015 "Space heating and water heating account for nearly two thirds of U.S. home energy use" I've written many articles about various ways I've been trying to reduce my family's electric bills and carbon…

Jun 23 2019

Just started my next adventure in infrastructure IT at Pivot3 as an HCI Solutions Architect!

It's a special kind of awesome when you find a company who needs your strengths. Even better when there's meaningful work to be done that will likely have an even greater positive impact that my prior roles, coupled with an opportunity for career advancement. NVMe, baby! Yes, I've mentioned NVMe…

Jun 17 2019

Thank you VMware, for two and a half awesome years as an HCI Systems Engineer!

In late May of 2019, I gave polite 2 weeks notice to VMware management that I had an outside offer and that I had just accepted it. I also emailed my resignation at that moment. Yes, June 12 2019 was my last day as an employee. The separation was amicable and completely cordial, which is about as…

Jun 17 2019

TinkerTry's Eight Birthday Milestones

Luck would have it that TinkerTry passed several milestones, all in the past week! I've always been rather transparent at TinkerTry, and figured I'd share some private stats that aren't really easy to determine from public sources. May 31 2019 - How to build your awesome virtualization home lab…

Jun 7 2019

April's Drive Electric Earth Day moved to Celebrate West Hartford Day on June 1 2019, my Electric Vehicle and I will be there, ask me anything!

Video and photo galleries below, with event details and map. Tomorrow, I'll be heading over to Celebrate West Hartford to talk to anybody who wants to learn about electric vehicle ownership. Having driven over 10,000 miles these first 6 months of ownership, I was a reluctant and frankly a little…

May 31 2019

Microsoft Windows 10 May 2019 Update / Windows Server 2019 May 2019 Update, version 1903 downloads now available

Table of Contents Here's all the links for you, jumping you right down to the section you're most interested in below: Microsoft Windows Update Microsoft Windows Download Microsoft Windows Evaluation Center Microsoft Visual Studio Downloads Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC) …

May 27 2019

NAKIVO Backup & Replication v8.5.2 arrives with VMware vSphere 6.7 Update 2 support

Turn Your QNAP, Synology, ASUSTOR, WD, or Netgear NAS into a VM Backup Appliance, claiming to improve backup performance by up to 2X and offload your IT infrastructure It's no secret that I appreciate the simplicity of installing the NAKIVO Backup & Replication appliance in my home's personal…

May 27 2019

Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows 3.0.2 supports Microsoft Windows 10 May 2019 Update (version 1903)

May 28 2019 update, official 1903 support doesn't arrive until 3.0.2 next month (June), details from Anton Gostev below. Jul 22 2019 update, official 1903 support arrived with 3.0.2 on July 16 2019, see release notes, download, and more details below, featuring a manual 3.0.1 to 3.0.2 simple…

May 27 2019

VMware vSphere 6.7 Update 2 is now generally available for download

This vSphere update was officially announced last week, see: Announcing vSphere 6.7 Update 2, vSphere Platinum updates, and vSphere ROBO Enterprise Apr 02 2019 by Himanshu Singh at VMware vSphere Blog I am excited to share that today we are announcing the VMware vSphere 6.7 Update 2 release,…

Apr 12 2019

VMware vSphere 6.7 Update 2 Announced

This vSphere update was officially announced earlier today: Announcing vSphere 6.7 Update 2, vSphere Platinum updates, and vSphere ROBO Enterprise Apr 02 2019 by Himanshu Singh at VMware vSphere Blog I am excited to share that today we are announcing the VMware vSphere 6.7 Update 2 release, with…

Apr 2 2019

Successor to Intel's popular and home-lab-friendly Xeon D-1500 is Xeon D-1600, announced today

Article published 1:12pm ET Positioning. Longtime readers of TinkerTry may recall that Xeon D was first announced back in February of 2015, see Intel Xeon D-1500 crams incredible virtualization lab specs into tiny mITX size, codename Broadwell-DE Mar 09 2015 Last month, this news broke: …

Apr 2 2019

New Veeam Backup & Replication Community Edition for home labs is free!

Dear Home Lab Enthusiast with data to protect: Today's Veeam announcement was big. A way to run enterprise level software with all the features you need for a lab environment, with none of the guilt. That's right, up to 10 VMs, and physical systems too! Got your attention? Read on! I started using…

Mar 26 2019

TinkerTry IT @ home gets into Top 25 vBlog list!

I had to miss Eric's live broadcast today, but I just heard the news moments ago, apparently TinkerTry IT @ home has broken in to the Top 25 vBlog list. It's quite and honor, I'm super happy about this, and very grateful to the vCommunity who voted. Special thanks to Eric Siebert (@ericsiebert) at…

Mar 21 2019

Synology DiskStation DS1618+ NAS First Look featuring 10GbE!

Disclosure - This test unit was provided by Synology. It's an evaluation, with no promises or stipulations about what content I produce. No money, no Synology advertisements placed. "TinkerTry.com, LLC" may earn a modest commission from readers who use the shopping links below. Backstory…

Mar 11 2019