Paul Braren from ( and Twitter ( and Mike Wieger from and the Open Mike Night Podcast joins Jim ( for show #211 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network, part of community.

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Home Server Show / Surface Geeks / The Average  Guy Meetup 2015

Jim’s Yurbuds:

Jim’s recommended Audio Technical AT2005USB (which Paul used for the first time during the hotel-room podcast):

Quality VMware ESXi 6.0 compatible NIC:

Very promising new tiny motherboard/CPU combo for VMware and/or Hyper-V:

Incredible feedback on the chat about this motherboard:
Lopta “Ooooh…. Broadwell!”
Drashna “IPMI is soo fantastic!”

NVMe (Non-volatile memory express):

New VMware licensing option:

Possibly better for the casual virtualization tinkerer, Hyper-V on Windows 8.1, VirtualBox, or VMware Player 11. See also background on Workstation versus Player here.

Lenovo TS140 that Ken on Chatwing recommended for ESXi:

Running VMware on Mac Mini:

Also on TinkerTry:
Superguide: Home virtualization server enthusiasts’ colorful variety of ESXi whiteboxes
How to use a CyberPower UPS solution for proper automated shutdown of your VMware ESXi lab during power outages, including all VMs
Superguide: CyberPower PFCLCD UPS Mini Towers protect your home’s computers and entertainment

Build your own VMware vSphere 6.0 Datacenter with ESXi and vCSA (updates and video coming soon)
Build your own VMware vSphere 5.5 Datacenter with ESXi and vCSA (popular walk-through video) USB 3.0 eSATA Hard Drive Enclosure w/ UASP – Trayless 3.5 inches SATA III HDD Enclosure w/ USB 3.0 or eSATA – SATA 6 Gbps – Black

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