Easily add 2 USB 3.0 ports and Gigabit Ethernet to your Microsoft Surface Pro 3

If you travel, and use your Surface Pro 3 as a productivity device while away from home, you’ll likely love the light weight and amazing 2160 x 1440 screen. But what you’ll also soon notice at least one of these limitations…

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Nice little USB flash drive choice for that ESXi in your home lab

Over the years, there’s been a variety of opinions on the exact make and model of flash drive that you should use for your ESXi virtualization lab. This article doesn’t intend to settle the debate over which brand to choose, it’s just one option that has worked well…

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How to create bootable Windows 10 USB flash drives for clean installs on legacy and UEFI PCs including Surface Pro 3

Easily create bootable install media for old and new PCs, but they’re not all alike. That’s right. For older stuff, it’s NTFS on an MBR. For newer stuff, like the SP3 (Surface Pro 3), it’s FAT32 on GPT…

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How to use PARTED Magic’s Secure Erase to restore performance of your home lab’s abused SSDs

Many SSDs won’t handle 100% full, and the performance will be degraded if accidentally filled. Especially if you’re using an OS without TRIM support, such as ESXi hypervisor. Here’s how to restore…

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Think of VMUG USERCON as a VMUG meeting on steroids

A user group with hands-on demonstrations and exhibits, along with in-depth technical sessions. When I take the time to travel, I tend to be much more fond of seeing techies actually do stuff when I arrive, rather than sales-y slide deck presentations.

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If you resized your Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials NTFS computer backups drive, repair your client computer backup database

I didn’t know that it can apparently cause problems if you shrink or extend the drive letter that’s holding your WS2012R2E client computer backup database. Witnessed it myself today, both after a shrink…

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Microsoft’s most common support solutions for Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials

Microsoft has done the work of pulling together the most common support issues they see folks asking, then posting the solutions publicly. It’s about time, and a step in the right direction for self-service support. I wish more companies were this open.

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How I landed on SiliconANGLE TV’s theCUBE at VTUG Winter Warmer 2015 to talk about virtualization home labs and blogging

I’ve never been all that comfortable with public speaking. Which is why I try to face my fears and tackle user group presentations, podcast guesting, and Hangouts on Air somewhat regularly…

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VMTN reincarnated! EVALExperience is to VMware Professionals what MSDN/TechNet is to Microsoft Professionals.

I had pretty much assumed this day would never arrive, when something roughly like the dearly departed VMTN would be reincarnated. Much like the MSDN program does for Microsoft Professionals…

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Here’s how Mark Allison migrated from ESXi 5.5 to Hyper-V 2012 R2 Core

This article isn’t about which is better, it’s just a pointer to a particularly well written and detailed article about one person’s trials and tribulations with migrating a single host. I’m so glad he recently tipped me off to his new article. It’s a good read.

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Get those blurry applications running clearly again under Windows 8, 8.1, 10

If you have a Microsoft Surface Pro 3, or use a high resolution monitor, you might notice some strangeness with certain applications, like Chrome. The fonts are blurry, and the application just looks bad. Tends to happen more often with older applications that aren’t…

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VMware will take the wraps off vSphere 6 on Feb 2 2015, TinkerTry will be ready!

Wanted to be sure you know about the sign-up for the big reveal. What kinds of topics can you expect at TinkerTry? Well, how about a new version of TinkerTry’s very popular “Build your own VMware vSphere 5.5 Datacenter with ESXi and vCSA”?

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VMware Tools default ‘Typical’ install is likely a better choice than ‘Complete’ for your lab’s golden image template

If you’re in the midst of tackling Build your own VMware vSphere 5.5 Datacenter with ESXi and vCSA in your home, you’ll likely have questions about best practices around creation of your “Golden Master” template.

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How to change Windows 10 network type from Public to Private

Windows may sometimes mysteriously wind up with a Public network type. You won’t be able to print or scan from this PC, or Remote Desktop to it, for example. …I’ve got a simple 30 second animated GIF for you, clearly demonstrating the easy fix.

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TinkerTry Top 10 Most Popular Articles of 2014

…a whole lot of focus on adapting datacenter technologies for the home. Curious what struck a chord with listeners the most this year? Why, it’s the articles that help the most people, naturally. This is your annual peek under the hood! Below, you’ll see a bit about those top articles, each with well over 10,000…

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My 6 hour visit to Germany’s Insel Föhr, that special little island where my paternal grandparents were born

Yes, the last time I was there, I was merely 11 years old, and while everything looked a bit smaller, the experience was every bit as wonderful and magical as that special summer. A brief, direct glimpse back…

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Get the latest Windows 10 Build 9879 beta then create a bootable USB flash drive installer, avoiding multiple huge downloads

The keys to having fun quickly are the combination of using the latest ISO, and having a simple way to create a bootable USB flash drive. That way, you can give this beta a try faster, freshly installing on any old…

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TinkerTry IT @ home “Hangouts On Air” event Dec 22 2014, asking Rick Vanover “Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE” questions

…a special “Live Hangout On Air” seems like a good idea, just in time for those holiday visits to friends and family. You know they never back their stuff up, but will ask you for help when inevitable trouble strikes…

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Superguide: Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE

Think of Veeam Endpoint Backup as a slick UI for a backup scheduler, that also builds custom recovery media ISOs or USB flash drives for bad days when your system, or your family member’s system, won’t even boot. I think you’ll find it helpful to have a single article that can serve as a launching…

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Feature and performance comparison between Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials and Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE

WS2012R2E has a unique feature set that made it the darling of home backup enthusiasts. Flash forward to today, here in late 2014, and the beta of Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE has arrived…

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