Beginning of the year I replaced my old home lab (HP ML110 G5) with a new custom configuration.
- Intel i7-4820K
- Gigabyte X79-UP4
- 8 x 8GB Kingston DDR3
- 250GB Samsung EVO – OS drive
- 500GB Samsung EVO – virtual machines
- 6 x 4TB WD Red – Storage space pool
- Windows Server 2012 R2
- VMware Workstation 10
CPU and motherboard was selected by following criterias – 64GB RAM, decent amount of SATA ports and reasonable price. SSD for OS and VMs was obvious choice. 6x4TB was included because I use the same machine to store my media library and backups.
I created one storage space pool from six 4TB disks. From pool I carved out 16TB parity disk for media library, 2TB parity disk for backups (dedupe enabled) and 4TB striped disk for virtual machines which needed more space then I was able to provide from SSD.
I chosed VMware Workstation because of following reasons
- Easy to run nested hypervisors – ESXi, KVM, HyperV and XenServer
- Linked clones – feature that allows me to clone from single template a number of similar virtual machines. Saves a lot of space on SSD disk.
What I do with my home lab?
A lot of different things.
- Hypervisors – ESXi, HyperV, XenServer
- Windows infrastructure – AD, DNS, File server, etc
- Linux servers – glusterfs test servers, nagios, cacti, etc
- Storage appliances – FreeNAS, QuadStor, etc
- Testing new things
- and much more ….