Next generation of VMware Home Lab

Here is my example of Home Lab for VMware experiments and practice.

2 years ago

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Hey folks!

Finally, I’ve finished building my new generation of Home Lab.

The main purpose of this Lab is to practice with VMware products and have some VMs.

Hardware Hardware Model Type of device / comments
Motherboard Supermicro X11SPM-F Compute nodes x 2
CPU Intel Xeon Gold 6140 (18c@2.3GHz) VMware ESXi 7.0.3, build 19193900
Cooler Noctua NH-U12S LGA3647
RAM 224Gb@DDR4-2666
HDD 2 x WD Red NAS Hard Drive 2TB vSAN Storage Tier
HDD 2 x 4TB Toshiba N300@7200rpm vSAN Storage Tier
SSD Samsung 970 EVO M.2 SSD 250GB Local NVMe Datastore
Samsung PM1735 3.2Tb vSAN Cache Tier
Network Intel X520-DA2 10Gbit based on 82599 Controller
PSU be Quiet! PURE POWER 500W
Case Fractal Design NODE 804
Hardware Hardware Model Model / comments
HP 600 G2 Mini CPU - Intel Core i5-6500t
RAM - 2x16Gb DDR4@3200Mhz
vSAN SSD Cache- Hynix BC501 M.2 PCI-E NVMe 256Gb
vSAN SSD Capacity - ADATA SU650 500 Gb

Management Nodes

Hardware Hardware Model Model / comments
Intel® NUC 11 Performance kit - NUC11PAHi5 CPU - Intel® Core™ i5-1135G7 4c/8t at 2.4GHz
RAM - 2x32Gb DDR4@3200Mhz
SSD - Samsung 870 EVO SATA SSD 250GB
Network adapter - Realtek RTL8156
Type Model Comments
Router MikroTik RB5009UG+S+IN Awesome router for homelab with powerful hardware inside
Switches MikroTik CRS317-1G-16S+RM 10Gbit network switch / used for aggregation traffic from all 10Gbit nodes
MikroTik CRS326-24G-2S+RM 1Gbit network switch for other devices and for
Wireless access point MikroTik cAP ac Quite good universal access point
Hardware Hardware model Type of device / comments
CPU Intel Core i7-7700k 4c/8t@4.2Ghz
Cooler Cryorig C7
RAM 4 + 8Gb DDR4@3200Mhz
HDD 4 x 12TB HGST DC HC520 7200RPM
SSD 2 x Samsung pm9a1 1Tb M.2 Cache for SHR array
Network Intel X520-DA2
Case Chenbro SR30169 Cool case for hot-swappable 4x3.5HDD + 2 cages for 2.5' HDD/SSD. Be careful about the height of CPU cooler!
Software XPEnology DSM 7 Based on redpill bootloader (instruction)
Hardware Purpose Comments
APC Back-UPS BX2200MI-GR Power backup My first attempt into home APC device / 1200W
Raspberry Pi Model 4B Pi-hole appliance Trying to avoid ads
IKEA FJÄLLBO Shelf unit Storing all the stuff Nice and elegant solution to store hardware at flat

And here is some cat for you 🐈

Alexey Koznov

Published 2 years ago


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