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.