Download ESXi 5.5 Update 1 and the other vSphere Update 1a pieces to get your home lab started

To get started with your own vSphere 5.5 Update 1a home lab, you’ll find that there’s just 3 files you’ll need…navigating VMware’s site can be tricky. This article gives you the exact URLs, to help you be absolutely sure you got all the right bits and pieces…

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As webmaster, how I cleaned up after Heartbleed, including SSL certificate handling

Since TinkerTry.com doesn’t currently offer ecommerce or https security for the public, the potential vulnerability to Heartbleed wasn’t exactly something for me or anybody else to freak out about. For TinkerTry, https is doing its thing really only for…

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Freshly minted VMware vExpert

April 9th 2014 was an interesting day, with Heartbleed distractions, lots of work, and a nifty email I received in the early evening. Yes, it’s an email from Corey Romero. While the VCP certifications have been my thing since VCP2 days, becoming a demonstrated contributor to the virtualization community is what…

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How to resolve “This virtual machine appears to be in use” error in VMware Workstation

Strangely enough, even though it’s 6 years later, with VMware Workstation 10, the answer is still the same. Delete any .lck or .lock files and/or folders you see, in the directory where the problematic VM resides. If you need further convincing the fix is that simple, see…

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Featured on “The Home Tech Podcast” Episode #161 “Using a Chrome Extension for Hangouts, Ditching VoIP with Latency and Climbing Stairs”

Jim Collison invited me back for another fun and hopefully informative podcast, as his guest on Thursday, April 3rd, 2013. Jim (@jcollison) and I…

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Chose the INSTEON Hub in 2012, now they’ve announced Nest integration for 2014

You may recall my stories of success in my home with the First Alert ONELINK brand of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, from 2010, described in depth here. I went all in, installing 9 detectors throughout my home, including one for each bedroom, and one right…

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Years of trying to make my LSI 9265-8i RAID controller play nice with ESXi

This is a unique blog post. Not my usual how to. More of a heads up, instead. I’ll start with why I headed down this path in 2011, and where I landed in 2014, with the recent release of ESXi 5.5 Update 1. Back in 2011, I was looking for a RAID adapter with a reputation for…

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NVIDIA and IBM create a GPU Interconnect called NVLink that’s faster than PCI Express 3.0

Today, I was rather surprised to see announcements about this new NVLink. Can you imagine a share GPU, a vGPU, ready to be leveraged by multiple VMs? Maybe for VMware and Hyper-V? Tantalazing thoughts, but we’ll likely have to wait until 2016 to…

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Yeah, your VCP certification will be expiring

Well, there is a bit of less-bad news buried in the announcement. I was rather early in getting my VCP, back on a very snowy February 29, 2012. So when I was first reading about this new every 2 year expiration policy, I suddenly realized that my VCP5 might already be expired. So I logged in to mylearn.vmware.com to…

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First look at VMware ESXi 5.5 Update 1, with added drivers for Realtek NIC, ASMedia SATA ports, and LSI RAID

Welcome to the very first weekend after the March 11 2014 arrival of ESXi 5.5 Update 1! Given the number of folks likely to be tinkering with their own home labs right now, might be a good idea to share preliminary…

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My VMware’s “You either are not entitled or do not have permissions to download this product.” error, and what to do about it.

VMware’s guidance for getting started with 5.5 Update 1 is a bit complex, and prevents some people from even giving the install a try. I ran into this myself yesterday…Seems like it’d be simple, right? Well…

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Download ESXi 5.5 Update 1 and the other vSphere pieces to get your home lab started

To get started with your own vSphere 5.5 Update 1 home lab, you’ll find that there’s just 3 files you’ll need…navigating VMware’s site can be tricky. This article gives you the exact URLs, to help you be absolutely sure you got all the right bits and pieces…

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Amazon Prime Annual Membership rising from $79 to $99, first price hike since 2006

I bought an electronics-friendly 250 pound $750 generator, shipped right to my home for free, Amazon Prime saving me $225 in shipping. The annual fee was already worth it. Site visitors have asked how they can show their appreciation. Amazon affiliate links…

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vExpert 2014 applications are open, folks now get admitted on a quarterly basis!

This is something I’ve been meaning to apply to, for quite a while, having missed the deadline last year. I just got my application in, and figure TinkerTry visitors, RSS, and email subscribers might be the sort of folks who would also want to apply…

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Why I gave up on Ooma VOIP, and went back to cable phone service

I had Vonage for 7 years for my 2 phone lines, but the prices crept up…I then tried Ooma for the past 2 years or so…But over time, I began to notice that I kept talking over other people unintentionally, not knowing they had starting talking, until they were already…

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Linksys EA6900 802.11ac WiFi Router security best practices

The public internet is a scary place. It’s where your home’s WiFi router lives, one “foot” on the outside, the other on the inside, vulnerable to attack as it works to protect your home’s precious, connected gadgets…I’d like to share my own little “best practices” guidelines…

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