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Archive for January 4th, 2016

D-1541 with increased speed plus support for SR-IOV and DDR3 memory might end up in Supermicro SYS-5028D-TN4T somewhere in februari

Posted by jpluimers on 2016/01/04

I wrote about TinkerTry’s Xeon D-1540 fueled ESXi 6.0 home lab build begins LIVE! before as I think it is an amazing buy.

In the mean time, there are more some bundles of it available, even one shipping from The Netherlands:

Currently these machines (called SYS-5028D-TN4T) contain a Xeon D-1540 processor and use the X10SDV-TLN4F that also lists the Xeon D-1541 processor which will likekly be available on that board starting from about February. The Xeon D-1541 processor which adds new features: is about 5% faster and adds support for both SR-IOV (which can help with virtualisation, but isn’t supported by ESXi on these processors yet), DDR3 memory and Storage Performance Development Kit support for storage acceleration: Intel Xeon D-15×1 Storage Accelerated SKUs.

You have to choose, as they use the FCBGA 1667 which – like any other BGA – are soldered. So if you need these feaures and can wait 2 more months, then go for the Xeon D-1541. Otherwise, order now.

Some articles to help you decide:

On a different topic: if you want to cool the processor better, consider re-applying cooling paste: Socket FCBGA 1667 aftermarket cooling?? | Page 2 | ServeTheHome and ServeThe.Biz Forums.

And finally two more things:

  1. There is a D-1548 too which compared to the D-1540 has the CPU speed, but adds SR-IOV and DDR3 memory support.
  2. There will be 12-core and 16-cores varieties in the Xeon-D series later this  year: Intels Server-Prozessor Xeon D-1500: 16-Kern-Version tritt 2016 gegen ARM-SoCs an | heise online.
    According to the current SuperMicro Xeon-D information these will be available in boards that seem to fit in the SYS-5028D-TN4T system:

    1. X10SDV-12C-TLN4F.
    2. X10SDV-16C+-TLN4F.

Anyway: I think with either processor, you have a great deal!

–jeroen

Posted in ECC memory, Hardware, Memory, Power User, Virtualization, VMware, VMware ESXi | 1 Comment »

TaskMgr gripes

Posted by jpluimers on 2016/01/04

Bad bad TaskMgr: showing less information than before.

Bad bad TaskMgr: showing less information than before.

Many people regard the task manager introduced in Windows 8 not as a big success. Of course there is Process Explorer, but you need to download that and it’s quite heavy.

A long thread with a lot of complaints is at The new Task Manager is stressing me like crazy, so if you miss something, look there if it is covered.

The thread also mentions where the TaskMgr stores its settings. Which is important as TaskMgr destroys its in-memory settings when windows auto-update restarts your system. Which it does very often. This is the scenario:

  1. TaskMgr starts
    1. Reads settings from registry
    2. Erases settings from registry
  2. TaskMgr runs
  3. Windows-updates reboots automagically

What Microsoft expects to be the normal scenario is this:

  1. TaskMgr starts
    1. Reads settings from registry
    2. Erases settings from registry
  2. TaskMgr runs
  3. User stops all applications before updating
  4. TaskMgr quits
    1. TaskMgr saves settings to registry
  5. Windows-updates reboots

This also happens in many other scenarios (for instance when logging off, Windows only waits a short while for all applications to stop voluntarily, then just kills them).

This queries the content:

reg query HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\TaskManager

This saves the settings once:

reg export HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\TaskManager "%APPDATA%\TaskMgr8.settings"

This imports when needed:

reg import "%APPDATA%\TaskMgr8.settings"

Note that the files is a traditional .reg file, but I use a different extension to you cannot accidentally import them.

If you really want, you can install the Windows 7 TaskMgr and have it act as Debugger over the new one (this doesn’t overwrite it, just replace the behaviour) with a registry script. See How to restore the good old Task Manager in Windows 8

–jeroen

Posted in Power User, Windows, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 9 | Leave a Comment »

 
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