Supermicro Xeon D SuperServer BIOS 2.1 / IPMI 3.86 released

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 Intel security fix and some bug fix. We suggest our…

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…

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, please don't overreacts, Tesla has always made changes to their cars any time of year they feel like, I knew that going in, and there's a huge…

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 or Tesla Solar, please consider using this…

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

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

See also last year's Travel Tech for my 10 days of driving around Germany, Poland, and Czech Republic for Veeam Vanguard Summit in Prague Veeam Vanguard 2015 to 2019 Back in July, a very exciting email arrived from Rick Vanover at Veeam: From: Rick Vanover Date: July 16, 2019 at 6:06:47 AM CDT…

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

4,830 Pageviews by 4,143 visitors, and rising. Wow! Jan 27 2020 Update - To my (nice) surprise, this article seems to have staying power, indicating a lot of interest in this topic. Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Residential Energy Consumption Survey 2015 "Space heating and…

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