VMUG Advantage EVALExperience is serious about home labs with VCF recently added and a 10% discount for TinkerTry readers!

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Last week, this timely twitter exchange occurred, seen at right. JD Wallace noticed that the code at VMUG Advantage isn’t always quite at the very latest patch level. The kind volunteer who updates the VMUG Advantage EVALExperience growing library of huge files does so on a quarterly basis in general. Exceptions are for when major new releases like when 6.7 first appear, he’ll then usually get that code updated within weeks or even days. But if you just can’t wait even that long, and you’re hankering to home-lab test the latest bits, no problem, TinkerTry has you covered, see How to update any VMware ESXi Hypervisor to the latest using ESXCLI for easy download and install. As for VCSA, it’s got updating built right in, see also my video that covers both, it’s called Updating to VMware vSphere 6.7 Update 3 – VCSA first using VAMI, then ESXi Xeon D host using ESXCLI. Yes, I’ve closed the gap, you can update as soon as the bits are available, even if you don’t have a My VMware account or the right entitlements!

I normally don’t interact with the companies that come and go from the BuySellAds area of TinkerTry, but what happened here was quite different. After 455 mentions of VMUG Advantage and 357 EVALExperience spread over the past 8+ years of blogging, the thankful VMUG organization reached out to me directly via email, wanting to see if I’d be interested in having a set of ads run that get the word out about their new offerings, while also offering everybody who enters TINKERTRY into their EVALExperience shopping cart 10% off. What a match, their ads are spot-on for my audience. We talked, then it happened, and as with all ads, I reviewed them before they went live.

Ever since I heard folks grousing at the unfortunate loss of the VMTN subscription to VMware code when eating lunch at Moscone during VMworld 2012, I new this gap had to be solved. I’m so glad the VMUG organization came to the rescue of home lab enthusiasts across the globe.

If you have an ad blocker enabled, here’s the 3 VMUG ads running right now that you’re not seeing, seen below. They sum up nicely what’s new, while directly helping TinkerTry continue to produce valuable content for my audience.


VMware Cloud Foundation is now included


You can read all about VMware Cloud Foundation:

VMware Cloud Foundation makes it easy to deploy and run a hybrid cloud. VMware Cloud Foundation provides integrated cloud infrastructure (compute, storage, networking, and security) and cloud management services to run enterprise applications in both private and public environments.

You’ll need to login and have a current EVALExperience subscription to be able to download VCF, click on the image above to get started.

I’ve been super thankful to the VMUG organization for years now, including their incredibly generous give-away to help with attendance at the Connecticut VMUG, see March 1st Connecticut VMUG UserCon – one lucky attendee will win a TinkerTry’d SuperServer, thanks to the VMware User Group!, see also Brad Tompkins visit to my VMworld 2018 US spread.

Don’t forget that your $20 discount is still available by entering TINKERTRY at checkout!


Here’s the login for existing subscribers:


The list of benefits to VMUG Advantage are vast, including:

  • EVALExperience
  • 20% off VMware Training Courses
  • 20-35% off VMware Certification
  • 35% off VMware Certification prep
  • 35% off VMware Lab Connect
  • $100 off VMworld

See also at TinkerTry










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