Vote for your favorite virtualization blogs in various categories, takes about 3 minutes

Eric Siebert is a hard working guy, just look what he goes through to get this voting process ready. Take a few minutes of your time to try out his voting process. It’s actually kind of fun: works on mobile, and offers drag and drop sorting. After the ranking, you choose…

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Try OPS1E on iOS, a fast and powerful way to manage your vSphere 4.x, 5.x, and 6.x environments

Yes, this is a relatively expensive app. But think about it. What if you could have a UI that is way faster than vSphere Web Client, that allows you do things like clone or migrate VMs, check in on CPU utilization, and even do vMotion, with simple tap tap tap ease of use.

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LastPass keeps you from having to type administrator@vsphere.local every time you login with vSphere Web Client

Ever since the dawn of VMware’s SSO stuff, logging in to the vSphere Web Client can be a little cumbersome, and feel a lot like a typing test. This quick 30 second fix can help you avoid this aggravation in your home…

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Fast and secure uploads to VMware support through their web portal

If you don’t wish to worry about Java browser integration, and the files you wish to share quickly and easily are less than 2 GB in size, then this simple under 2 minute video is for you! Works for IE, Firefox, and Chrome, works for Windows 7 / 8 / 8.1 / 10.

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TinkerTry’s 31 Days of March 2015 – One vSphere 6.0 related tip published every day, until it’s GA!

I vow to focus for a bit and give you specialized content with a clear focus on Tips, Tricks, and Tools for the home lab. Yes, stuff that makes the life a little easier for those brave and completely unsupported…

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VMware’s software defined storage, get your Virtual VOLume overview here!

I love immersing myself in tech that’s at the leading, speeding, and sometimes bleeding, edge…pushing the boundaries of what’s possible. I’m so glad I had my family’s support…tackling this challenging work and a finicky Fiat stick-shift, in a very foreign land.

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INSTEON Hub Pro now available for pre-order

Ok, now this looks more interesting than the little Hub II ever did. Apple Homekit-enabled. Scenes, and easier to set schedules. Sounds like a significant step up from the INSTEON Hub that’s been running my home automation faithfully since Dec 2012. If I’m going to rip and replace my controller, but leave all my…

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Switch Lighting, the liquid cooled LED bulb company, is liquidating its assets

In that multi-year quest, I’ve tried a number of brands, and most have worked out great, giving me lots of light, and very little extra heat, including the 3 bulb ceiling fixture in my compact home office space. Well, the Switch Infinia company story hasn’t worked out…

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Monoprice 10010 highly-rated active noise cancellation headphones for under $100

I finally set my sites on the Monoprice Noise Cancelling Headphone w/ Active Noise Reduction Technology. I just can’t see paying the steep $300 for the Bose QuietComfort 25 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones…I was waiting patiently for a discount…

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If you’ve been reading about vSphere 6 before its release, see also “Clarifying the misinformation”

The February 2nd launch didn’t come along with General Availability of the code for folks to download. Turns out there will be some significant differences between the beta builds and the upcoming RTM bits…

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Pre-register for vSphere 6.0 to have VMware notify you when the download is available

Many folks would like to automatically be notified by VMware, when their vSphere 6.0 download is ready. Figured I’d share an easy way to help you get that set up, takes just under a minute if you already have a My VMware account.

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Freshly re-minted VMware vExpert 2015

VMware vExpert 2015 recipients have been named, and I’m relieved to see I’ve made the list again this year! See also my original post, Freshly minted VMware vExpert 2014. Got the email from Corey Romero tonight “Welcome to the 2015 vExpert program and thank you for your contributions!”

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TinkerTry.com featured on VMware.com – vSphere 6.0 vExpert Blog Articles Covering What’s New, Installation, VVOLS, vMotion, Web Client and much much more

I’m very happy to announce that TinkerTry is featured in VMware vExpert Corey Romero’s launch masterpiece. This list of vExperts ready for launch day is pretty amazing, and I’m glad to have been a part…

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Sneak Preview – Build your own vSphere 6 home datacenter in about an hour

Today, the day vSphere 6 is announced, I’m already ready to show you exactly how I just re-built my home lab today, in about an hour…stick with hard-coded IPs, SSO auto-configuration in the vCSA appliance now works very nicely. The video is now available, exclusively at TinkerTry!

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Getting my mitts on the vSphere 6 bits including ESXi and vCSA, already enhancing my home lab

It’s been a long wait for vSphere 6.0, and in the home lab, that likely means ESXi 6.0 coupled with VCSA 6.0. The question for IT Pros/home lab enthusiasts: will my efficient/affordable/unsupported equipment still work with this major new release? Wait no more…

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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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