A few months ago, I bought a HP ML 150 G6 server to use as in my home lab. Up until now, I had nothing, no server, no storage, no switch. I managed to save some cash and probably paid the same for a server as I would have paid for a PC if I had built it myself, considering the motherboard, memory, cpu, disk, etc.
I was able to convince a colleague to donate a quad port GbE NIC to my cause and got another to organize a memory upgrade. The system by default comes with just 2Gb RAM – way too little to comfortably run the most basic of systems. I now have 12Gb RAM and in home lab terms, this is probably still considered very little, But for now, it should suffice for my needs (needs relating to home lab environment, not very clear what I will end up building though).
So far i’ve installed esxi 5, built DNS, AD and installed vCenter. Now, I’m not sure what the ultimate idea is, but in the short term, I’d like to get vCloud Director installed and operational and my plan is to blog about my experiences.
I know that there are tons of blogs out there showing and documenting people’s home lab builds and progress and mine is probably not much different. I’m open to suggestions for posts, topics, etc.
Let’s have some nerdy fun.