Home Lab – hardware

Right a quick post to detail my lab hardware so far:


2x HP N40LMicroservers with:

  • AM Turon Dual core processors @ 2Ghz
  • 16GB RAM
  • 2x Intel 40GB SSD
  • 1x250GB SATA
  • 1x500GB SATA.
  • Single dual port half height 1GB NIC

Shared storage option so far is my WD external NAS 1TB drive


1x PC Spec:

  • Betfenix Colossus Case
  • ASUS Sabertooth P7 Motherboard
  • Intel I7 2600 CPU @ 4GHz
  • 8GB RAM
  • 3x SSD 120GB in RAID
  • 2x HDD 250GB
  • VMware workstation 8
  • Windows8

Networking: Cisco SG300-10MP layer 3 switch

I’ve intentions to put together an ISCI shared storage server from the many bits and bobs I have filling my drawers and cupboards and thinking of using FreeNAS to do the donkey work.

The lab at the moment is running ESXi 5.5 and vCenter on evaluation as I wanted to check out the new vSAN offering and 5.5 web interface. Considering trashing it and reverting to 5.0 but debating it in my mind as to whether or not I can still do the DCA study on this platform. Open to suggestions though!


IT virtualisation professional since 2002 after serving 7 years in the British Army as a REME Corporal. Currently a Solutions Architect. I'm a dedicated husband, motorcyclist, proud father and owner of two beautiful border collies Monty and Mitch. Hobbies are: Motorcycles - Isle of Man TT/Road races and MotoGP/BSB/WSB Rugby Union Skiing DCS Flight Simulator -A10A/C and SU25 Frogfoot specialist Airsoft - Closer Quarter Battle

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