Monday, 25 October 2010

Home Lab

I’ve seen a few posts recently about people’s home labs and thought I’d do the same.  I currently have a HP Proliant DL380G5 with 16GB RAM and 2 Intel Xeon E5245 processors @ 2.33Ghz.  The server runs ESXi4.1 and contains the following VM’s:

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As you expect from a typical lab I have a Windows 2008 R2 Domain Controller and SQL 2008 R2 Database Server.  I run vCenter 4.1 and have the VMA for managing my ESXi hosts from the command line when needed.  I also run OpenFiler as a VM to provide iSCSI shared storage for my two virtual ESXi Servers which I primarily used for messing around with.  All in all the lab serves it purpose and allows me to do exactly what I need to.
There are a few changes that I would like to make to my lab if anyone would like to help out:
  • Acquire another physical DL380G5 with a similar spec to add to the production cluster.
  • Acquire an 8TB Iomega StorCenter IX4-200d NAS Server to provide shared storage to all ESXi hosts and backup my laptop and desktop.
  • Acquire a MacBook Pro core I7 with 4gb RAM and a solid state hard drive.
All help much appreciated.

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