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TinkerTry home lab’s VMware vSphere 7.0 upgrade challenges, successes, and lessons learned.
Speaker: Paul Braren, Advisory Systems Engineer, Enterprise HCI/CI at Dell Technologies

Come see Paul Braren’s latest adventures in workbench testing of “TinkerTry’d” home lab Xeon D servers. His close look at the vSphere 7.0 upgrade process has produced numerous revelations about VMware licensing (vExpert/VMUGAdvantage/Essentials) and support, and about various upgrade techniques. Many of his challenges were of the self-induced variety, others were related to unusual use-cases. Once the rough edges were resolved, he used the lessons-learned to finalize his configuration on his 4th node, the 12 core production server. This crucial always-on system is where his VCSA 7.0b, automated backups, and Windows 10 workstation VM all reside, used heavily for all content creation at TinkerTry including vSphere 7 articles and videos, even 4K video editing on triple monitors! He’ll cover automated graceful ESXi shutdowns, UPS battery failures, brutal Foldingathome workloads, router and network issues, and long shipping delays that all conspired to slow progress. Come along for this deeper dive into exactly what went down during Paul’s relentless evening and weekend tinkering, and also learn exactly how he ultimately prevailed over some small and not-so-small issues with audio support and GPU passthrough quirks. Along the way, you’ll see the variety of simple tools he’s come to rely upon in the 15 years since his first VCP, part of his planned live demo of his compact and efficient home datacenter, now running the latest VMware ESXi 7.0b hypervisor on all 4 nodes!

Aug 20, 2020 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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