Home Lab

I realized early on that people like building home labs for various reasons – education, certifications, fun, testing, or some crazier stuff. As such, I offer a complete list of all hardware kept in the lab for your viewing pleasure. Most items will have links that will take you to the build list or related post.

If you have a question about the lab, feel free to leave a comment below. Keep in mind that hardware models continue to evolve and that some of the build information may be out of date – make sure to look for the post date before ponying up any of your hard earned cash on lab hardware. 🙂

Lab vSphere Hosts

These hosts are used for lab testing and validation. Based on my Sandy Bridge and Haswell builds.

Dev vSphere Host

I mainly use this server for testing beta builds and other development purposes due to the AMD CPU (can’t mix with my other Intel boxes).

Storage

All of my storage arrays in the lab are NFS attached Synology arrays over various 1 GbE links. Any array with 2 or more NICs are connected to the physical network via a dynamic link aggregation group (LAG) running LACP.

  • NAS1 (Files): Synology DS411, RAID 5, 4x Western Digital Red Drives @ 3TB each
  • NAS2 (Lab VMs): Synology DS2411+, RAID 5, 12x Kingston SSDNow V+200 SSD @ 120GB each
  • NAS3 (Mgmt VMs): Synology DS414slim, RAID 5, 4x SanDisk Ultra Plus SSD @ 256 GB each
  • NAS4 (Backups): ioSafe 1513+, SHR (Synology Hybrid RAID), 5x Toshiba Drives @ 2TB each
  • Backup Server VM: Veeam Backup v8 pointed to NAS4 via CIFS.

Networking

Licensing

I’ve written about various VMware licenses available for home labs in this blog post.

Miscellaneous Items

  • UPS: CyberPower CP1500AVRLCD UPS
  • Rack: Utility shelving, 36″ W x 14″ D x 60″ H
  • Monsters: Melvin the Monster VM
  • Bling: Color changing LED strips

Layout

I use a four tier approach for the lab. To start, here’s the entire thing:

The entire lab
The entire lab

The first tier is dedicated to lab hosts. I’ve stuck with Lian-Li cases of varying type.

First tier

The second tier houses networking and security devices.

Second tier

The third tier is for smaller server devices and management storage.

Third tier

The fourth and final tier holds the larger bulk items and lab storage.

Fourth tier

Other Photos

Melvin protects my management arrays
Melvin protects my management arrays
The bottom shelf
The bottom shelf
A monster sized all flash array
A monster sized all flash array
Zip tie more power strips
Zip tie more power strips
Zip tie your power strips
Zip tie your power strips
Internal wireless for gadgets and such
Internal wireless for gadgets and such
Cloud networking at its best
Cloud networking at its best
It's a bit like a runway
It’s a bit like a runway
It really ties the room together
It really ties the room together
The underside of my bling
The underside of my bling
Average draw from the ENTIRE home lab
Average draw from the ENTIRE home lab
A bunker filled with capacity
A bunker filled with capacity
All flash in a small package
All flash in a small package
A big ol' pile of capacity
A big ol’ pile of capacity
A stack of network goodies
A stack of network goodies
The internet!
The internet!
In case a non-vExpert breaks into my house
In case a non-vExpert breaks into my house
A management host
A management host
Show your passion through stickers
Show your passion through stickers
This server has a pulse
This server has a pulse
One of these things is not like the other
One of these things is not like the other
The network stack
The network stack
More switchports
More switchports
The flexboot cables are finger friendly
The flexboot cables are finger friendly

101 Responses

  1. David Thompson
    David Thompson at |

    Very informative website. I’m David a Network Engineer and prior Sys Admin reviewing different posts to build my own VSphere lab. You may have full licenses for everything, but what do you suggest for someone building their first VSphere5 whitebox ?
    I know you can download trial versions and reload all the time, do you have notes on how to make the most of licenses?

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  2. Randy Peal
    Randy Peal at |

    I went with your Lab build. I built the host on Sunday fairly easy build. The Sea Sonic Power supply I had to use the dremmel to get it to fit properly. I loaded ESXi onto the thumb drive I haven’t powered up the host yet. I did change the slower green drives and went with 7200 RPM 750GB Seagate Momentus Hybrid SSD drives as well as the Intel SSD’s you have. I went with the DS411 NAS as well seems like a good NAS for the price . Hopefully this will get me up and going with my first home ESXi lab. Thanks for posting this on the site and keeping it current. This helps us with an idea of what we need thanks.

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  3. James Walker
    James Walker at |

    Hi Chris.Great blog. I am im the process of building my whitebox, and it will be based on your components list i feel at the moment. I currently have a Synology 1511+ NAS with an OCZ Vertex 4 256GB SSD which i will use as my iSCSI target. I was very keen to use SSD due to the increased IOPS which is possible, and a very important consideration for multiple VM image use on a single drive. Locally connected to a SATAIII interface, the drive itself is supposedly capable of 445mb read and 457mb sequential write, and iops with 4k64thread test on AS SSD 86,000 read iops and 76,000 write (http://www.guru3d.com/article/ocz-vertex-4-ssd-review/14) . Installed in my NAS, with block level iSCSI over a single 1GBps connection, I am getting a more modest 102mb/s read and 110 mb/s write, and 9269 read iops and 8842 write with the 4k64thread test on AS SSD . I would be VERY keen to see your results running the AS SSD tool against your DS411 with the IBM SSD’s. Let me know! Jamie

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  4. Janeth
    Janeth at |

    Hi,The street prcies as of today for various components are:- Motherboard + CPU costs between Rs.18000/- to Rs.24000/- depending upon what exact model select and where you buy.- Cabinet costs about Rs.8000/– Two 500GB disks costs about Rs.5000/– DDR3 ECC Registered RAM of 4GB DIMMs costs about Rs.2400/-Let me know if you need additional details. Shekhar

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  11. Richard Robbins
    Richard Robbins at |

    Your site and guidance have been very valuable to me. I’d like to explore placing my NAS on its own physical network to separate all of its traffic my my home network. Is that how you have your home network? Assuming that one nic on my ESXi host and the NAS device are the only machines on the storage net, will I still need a router to bridge networks or is it as simple as putting the two ports on a single physical unmanaged switch? If I do that then what do I use as the gateway entry when I configure the NAS?

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  12. Richard Robbins
    Richard Robbins at |

    Have you written anything about VM backup? I’ve got my ESXi host and storage network settled into place nicely and am having great fun experimenting with a variety of different VMs. How do I go about backing up my VMs? I assumed it made sense to use Veeam Backup Free Edition — but I’m stumbling out of the gate trying to get it set up. I had assumed I could deploy on a Windows 7 home premium box but so far, no luck. Any pointers on this aspect of the process?

    As always, thanks.

    — Rich

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    1. Richard Robbins
      Richard Robbins at |

      I’ll respond to my own post. It turns out that in order to configure Veeam properly you need to set the monitor DPI setting to 100% and not something larger. I have a large monitor and usually work at 125% magnification. That this would cause the authentication process for setting up the VM host to not work is incomprehensible. Nonetheless, after making that tweak I was able to proceed. How odd.

      Reply
    2. Wael
      Wael at |

      Hello Cris.

      What do u think of building my home lab on vmware workstation as i cant afford building anything even near to such great labs you have or those labs guys are talking about, i have a lenovo Thinkpad with 32 GB or RAM and 1 TB of storage.

      I am planning to get the VCP5-DCV and hopefully VCAP5-DCA after.

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      1. Wael
        Wael at |

        Oh and 1 last thing please Cris, i tried already that setup for my lab over Vmware Workstation i didnt finish the whole setup for the lab yet but i noticed something strange things, vlan tagging doesnt work in the nested environment, i mean some portgroups i have on the vswitch are configured with vlans, but a weird thing happened traffic is not flowing through the physical network however everything is configured correctly on the physical switch side. i had to provision through the Vmware workstation some additional network adapters for the every traffic type in my virtual environment ” i.e Vmotion and vm traffic”.

        Is there any other solution to that problem to make things work as normal Vsphere environment ?

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  14. Elizabeth
    Elizabeth at |

    Great site – when I visited Saturday it was different than it is today. I wish the content of this page had an “updated” date. I also wish the comments had dates.

    Reply
    1. Faisal
      Faisal at |

      Hi ,

      great site ,…. ,
      How you get this stand ….
      Thanks , you are really our motivation

      Reply
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  16. Alexandru
    Alexandru at |

    So, my 2 pennies about cheap home lab.
    I went with almost the same configuration to build my personal home lab to prepare for VCP and MCITP and the result?…. I built:

    2 Whiteboxes, Supermicro MBD-X9SCM-F, Intel E3-1230 @ 3.2GHz, 8 GB RAM, Boot from USB Flash, using built-in network cards
    HP N36L MicroServer, AMD Turion II Neo @ 1.3 GHz, 8 GB RAM, Boot from USB Flash
    HP V1810-24G Multilayer Switch

    and the result : I spent 2660$ on it. I’m angry, because with below configuration I could spend less money for a decent performance and enough for VCP and MCITP:
    3x HP N36L MicroServer, AMD Turion II Neo @ 1.3 GHz, 1 GB RAM, Boot from USB Flash
    + (99$ each incl. taxes/ship) 3x 120GB SSD drives
    + (50$ each incl. taxes/ship) 3x HP 360T dual-port NICs
    + (89$ each incl. taxes/ship) 3x 8GB Corsair ECC memory kits
    + (136$ each incl. taxes/ship) 2x 2TB WD Red hard drives
    + (225$ incl. taxes/ship) HP V1810-24G Multilayer Switch

    2 HP servers with ESXi specially for VMs (create labs, destroy them and etc.) + 1SSD each for caching, 1HP server with ESXi with production VMs: 1x DC, 1x vCenter to manage all environment keept on last SSD drive for better performance, 1x OpenFiler for storage all data on RAID1 WD Red 2TB hard drives.

    My opinion based on my experience and cheaper solution…. this is a RECOMMENDED and MUST HAVE home lab setup for everybody going to get certificates. This is enough to build labs for every certificate you are preparing on. And total cost is about 1800$
    You can go with HP N40L for more memory. You can find it by 225$ even on eBay.
    If anybody think this lab is not enough for personal training and playing with the labs…. Please, come to my desk and point me where I’m wrong.

    Reply
    1. Josh Coen
      Josh Coen at |

      Where is your desk?

      Reply
      1. Alexandru
        Alexandru at |

        Virtually is here

  17. Richard Robbins
    Richard Robbins at |

    Chris,

    Have you thought about using a Mac mini in your network? I installed ESXi 5.1 on a 2010 Mac mini server, which I bumped to 16gb, and I’ve been pleased. It makes a nice addition to my Baby Dragon. I might replace it with a newer Mac mini that has thunderbolt so I can get dual NIC on it.

    — Rich

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  20. Shawn
    Shawn at |

    What do you think of this server to start off with? I was looking at building a box similar to yours… but this one is priced fairly reasonable, your thoughts?

    http://www.xbyte.com/ProductDesc.aspx?code=R710-Out-U-1

    Thanks,
    Shawn

    Reply
    1. alanleenhouts
      alanleenhouts at |

      seems that url isn’t working I like this site for servers http://cloudninjas.com/used-dell-servers/2u/poweredge-r710-8-bay/

      Reply
  21. Benjamin Troch
    Benjamin Troch at |

    Very simular lab setup as the one I got – I didn’t implement VLAN’s though but besides that the vNetworking configuration is exactly the same. Only difference is that I segmented off my lab from my internet network with an extra NIC in one of my machines and Monowall firewall VM between that. (Indeed not vShield edge :P)

    I also have the festive hat, very important when experiments work out and you have that “ooooh yeah!” feeling you can’t share with anybody except your dog or your blog.

    Keep the good posts coming! I love home lab configurations!

    Reply
  22. m1nd
    m1nd at |

    Cool setup man! I just got all of my stuff in, made my build based on your esxi glaciers.

    I was wondering if you were using the hp microserver as vCenter(management ESXI)? Did I read that correctly?

    Reply
  23. Jason Gass
    Jason Gass at |

    I’m researching different switches to use and I have come across cisco’s SG300, HP1810 and HP V1910.

    Have you had the chance to work with any besides the 1910?

    Reply
  24. Mikhail
    Mikhail at |

    Hi Chris,

    does your ESX1 and ESX2 support EVC mode?

    The metter is
    I created lab server with configuration like your ESX1:
    – SuperMicro X9SCM-F-O (Socket 1155) (the same mb using in server Supermicro SYS-5017C-TF). I tried BIOS version 2a and 2b.
    – Intel Xeon E3-1230 v2
    – 8Gb DDR-III 1333MHz Samsung ECC – two modules

    So this configuration should corresponds EVC mode ( http://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/search.php?deviceCategory=server )

    But when I running CPU Identification Utility ( http://www.vmware.com/download/shared_utilities.html ) it shows –
    All points: yes, but
    Support flex migration: No
    Support EVC Mode: None

    Could you advice how to switch on EVC mode?

    greetings,
    Mikhail

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  25. Kuntal Patel
    Kuntal Patel at |

    Not trying to be dense but what is “LOM”?

    Just stumbled across your site recently and am loving it. Keep up the good work. Cheers!

    Reply
  26. Kuntal Patel
    Kuntal Patel at |

    OK That makes sense. For all the test VMs that you are running in your lab, how much HDD space do you have just for them (not taking VM backups or any other use?

    Reason I am asking is if I can get away with using a 2-bay Synology for now, that would be great. I can always use the 2-bay somewhere else or give it to the kids when I upgrade to a larger Synology device.

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  27. Dave
    Dave at |

    Hey Chris,
    Thank you for this AWESOME site! I will be ordering the parts to build me two Supermicro Hosts. I would like to start/complete my VCP before the end of this year. Do you think that is a realistic goal? I am currently studying for my CCNA, which I should have completed by July.

    Thanks again for all the information you provide on your site. This site is one of the reasons I became so interested in VMWare ESXi.

    Keep it up!!
    Dave.

    Reply
  28. mark
    mark at |

    Hi Dave.
    I’m going to use your enviroment for my own lab/DR site. One question is surrounding the new 5.1 VSphere requirements for the sql/SSO memory needs. If I understand the ‘best-practice’ then the requirements for 10Gig of ram be dedicated for the ”management” server so that you can use SSO to manage 2 different enviroments (in my case my lab, and test DR site). I’ve heard some people having to only use 8Gb for this – but the need is still there. If I use the config’s above, and ‘pull’ 8-10Gigs from my lab/DR site – then I loose some flexibility. What I was hoping to do is have a separate machine – with say, 16Gb running windows 7/8 and install vmware workstation onto it and load the management enviroment there. By doing this process, then I’ve moved the ‘requirement/need’ from the lap/DR site to a outside box and this also allow’s me some flexibility to tear down everything and start over quickly.

    If I understand your process, you are using the HP40L as the management server and I presume there haven’t been any issues other than the possible memory issues discussed. With the new ‘requirements’ out there – have you had any issues using the HP40L or do you think that I could utilize the HP40L in this method? Any other suggestions on how to handle this new vsphere requirement – or other ‘micro’ boxes which could be utilized in this manner?

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  29. Erik Bussink
    Erik Bussink at |

    Love the new fun photos section. Very nice.
    Are you using a direct 10Gbps link between the two ESX with Emulex CNA 10102 ?

    Reply
  30. Kuntal Patel
    Kuntal Patel at |

    Hi Chris,
    Quick question: You have 5 NICs on your Management box (HP). Can you please explain if / how you are using them? Thanks

    Reply
  31. michael stump
    michael stump at |

    Festive hat is key. Well done.

    Reply
  32. Alexandru
    Alexandru at |

    My Lab is still overkill for me and I’m thinking to sell it and buy just one PC which replace my servers described above. Family routine takes too much time and is very hard to concentrate on my virtual labs.

    Reply
  33. Asen
    Asen at |

    Hi Chris,
    It is an awesome lab. I started building my own one and preparing myself for the newest VCA-DCV using ESXi 5.0, and the Train Signal’s series. I am missing some of the modules though, like vCSA and others, and asked the VMWare support to provide me with the trials but they refused, stating I could try only v. 5.1. I upgraded to it but one of my machines didn’t want to start at all. I tried to search over the Internet for additional 5.0 resources which I missed, without success. Could you help, please?
    Thank you in advance!
    Best Regards,
    Asen

    Reply
  34. Nick
    Nick at |

    Hey Chris,

    How is the Dell on Power Consumption? I guess no where near as good as the white boxs?

    Reply
  35. Kuntal Patel
    Kuntal Patel at |

    Hi Chris.
    A quick question about the HP v1910-24g switch. I bought one a while back and thought that 24 ports would be plenty for me. However, i now need 3 more ports. I have options of using an unmanaged 8-port switch or maybe using the 4 SFP ports on the HP. Is that possible? My HP came with the 4 10/100/1000 Gb SFP module. Can I use those ports as I would any other gigabit port on the switch?

    Reply
  36. hashedupit
    hashedupit at |

    Hi Chris
    Could you expand on the exact make and model of the Intel 82571EB quad port NIC you’ve got in your Microserver. I have 4 of those little monsters for my own vmware test rig at home and would happily get more NICs into them. Any help much appreciated! Great site by the way with lots of interesting stuff! Keep up the good work dude!

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  37. Asif
    Asif at |

    Anyone having experience HP1910 Switch. My question is could we make two vlans e.g vlan 1 & Vlan 2 in single port of HP 1910 switch & assign high priority to one vlan?.
    In cisco we make trunk link b/w two switches but in hp we make tagging but how. please answer thanks in Advanced

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  38. Miguel
    Miguel at |

    Hi Chris,
    I am finally jumping into the virtualization after following your posted articles. I went with a different approach because at the moment I can only afford a good workstation where I can also practice with VM. Following your advice on a previous post of mine, that HyperV is more forgiving when it comes to hardware, I am starting with this. This is also what they want to implement in my workplace, so I wanted to get my hands on Microsoft first.
    I started putting the parts together yesterday and as expected, I hit a wall when I turned on the system. Listing the parts now:
    Motherboard: Supermicro X10SAT C226 Bios version 2
    CPU: Haswell i7-4770
    Memory: 2x 8GB Kingston KVR16E11/8
    Hard Drive: 240 GB Samsung 840EVO
    Optical Drive: Asus DVDRW
    Case Switch810

    I was trying to boot into Windows Server 2012 when I received a ACPI_BIOS_ERROR
    which some forum say that it can be common on some Supermicro motherboards. For what I could get from the web, the only workaround to this is to upgrade the BIOS. So I started to look for the best way to do this and I found your article of how to do it:

    I find the same steps on a supermicro web site, so a give it a try.

    Using your bios update article as reference:
    I am now at step 3 (Flashing the BIOS) and a reached the line:

    Verifying NCBlock ………… done

    I had been waiting for the message to tell me to restart my system for 10 hours now and I don’t know if I am screwed or not.
    I am sorry to have posted this message here, but so far I don’t know where else to post it and I have confidence that you may have been through this before.

    Can you give some advice on what to do next?…I am afraid to restart the PC at this moment.

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  39. Kuntal
    Kuntal at |

    Hi Chris,
    Need some advice on the home lab front. I have one with around 5 ESXi hosts running around 30 or so VMs that include “production” and lab VMs. Production VMs include stuff like DC, Backup Server, workstation clients, HTPC. In other words, “mess with them and your wife will beat you up”.

    I was playing with GPO and Windows 2012 server and I broke stuff – production stuff. I fixed everything now but I was wondering if you had any suggestions on domain setup.

    For example, I am trying to figure out if I want to have 2 forest model — prod.mydom.lnternal and lab.mydom.internal with trusts between the two — or a 1 forest, 3 domain model — mydom.internal with 2 child domains – prod and lab or a 1 forest, 2 domain – mydon.internal (hosting all production stuff) and a child domain (hosting all lab stuff).

    Lack of direction in this very basic design is slowing me down. I was hoping that you can either do a post on this topic or if you / your users can give me some tips.

    Thanks

    Reply
  40. leoitpro
    leoitpro at |

    Hi Chris,

    Impressive setup. I really enjoy reading your site. I have two questions regarding the UPS. Do you have all the equipment connected to the UPS? I need to buy one but I’m not sure if I will buy one powerful UPS or a small UPS for each server(3). How do you turn off your servers in case there is an outage?

    Thank you in advance and keep up the good work!!!

    Greetings from Chile.

    Leo.

    Reply
  41. lexone27
    lexone27 at |

    Great write up on your home lab, I am very impressed and also enjoy reading all of the content on your site. I am in the process of building/upgrading my home lab and would love to share it once complete and ask if you would add it to your site.

    I am also interested in a Meraki device as I see you have in your lab. I have been looking at the MX64W but understand a license is required for these. Is your device licensed and is this device worth it?

    Reply
  42. Rui
    Rui at |

    Hi Chris, I noticed on your setup that you have a dual port 10GB nics on each server.
    Do you connect this nics directly ? the switch you have are 1GB so i assume you use this 10GB nics for vmotion directly connected between hosts.

    Can you be more specific ?

    Regards
    RS

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    1. Rui
      Rui at |

      well, you already answer that on the above topics.
      thanks

      Reply
  43. lexone27
    lexone27 at |

    Hi Chris, again excellent write up! Had a quick question for you regarding storage for my lab using Synology devices and you seem pretty knowledgeable. I have a DS415+ and would like to grab a DX213 expansion unit as it is compatible with the DS415+ as an external storage only. I plan to use SSD’s in the DS415+ for the running VMs, and would like to also utilize the Synology SSD cache. The DX213 would run the NAS HDD’s for backups and all data. So would this setup work?

    (DS415+) – Slots 1 & 2 – 2xSSD’s in RAID1 for running VMs
    (DS415+) – Slots 3 & 4 – 2xSSD’s in RAID1 as SSD cache for the HDD’s in expansion unit
    (DX213) – Slots 1 & 2 – 2xHDD’s for backups, media, and all other types of data

    I also welcome any feedback for a better/more efficient setup using said devices if my intended layout is not as efficient as it could be.

    Thanks much and look forward to your reply!

    Reply
  44. Amit
    Amit at |

    Hi Chris,

    Firstly, many thanks for your post. I’ve recently decided to have a go at building my own HomeLab and this has been very helpful in helping me decide what i should do and how to go about it. Currently I only have a few servers which I have acquired over time..

    I have a question on the power side. What decisions were you making / process did you go through to decide what the power consumption should be? Also how did you setup that interface which shows you the power comsumption? (Apologies, i am new to this, hence my questions).

    Thanks,

    Amit

    Reply
  45. Wajih Ur Rehman
    Wajih Ur Rehman at |

    Hello,

    Thanks for the wonderful article.

    Do you have any topology diagram for your lab with all the details. I am a beginner in virtualization and trying to setup a home lab.

    Wajih

    Reply
  46. Vanbrugh Lee
    Vanbrugh Lee at |

    Hi Chris,

    Thanks for your information. It is useful.

    I would like to built my homelab using Synology DS916+ for VMware study, network emulation and personal storage. Idea is 2 x 3TB hardisks running raid 1 and 2 x 128/256 SSD harddisk running raid 1 for read/write cache.

    A question is it possible to divide 3TB harddisk space into 1TB space for VMware datastore and 2TB for personal storage (media file, photo….etc) and both using the SSD harddisk for read/write cache working into independent environment ?

    Vsphere host idea is 3 x ASRock desktopmini 110 with i7 6700T CPU (4C8T,TDP35W), 32GB RAM, 128/256 SSD and using cisco SG300-10 for interconnection the hosts PC and the storage.

    Thanks & Regards,

    Vanbrugh.

    Reply
  47. virtualex
    virtualex at |

    In short, no this would not be possible if you intend to use both SSD’s as read-write cache. Yes, you can split the 3TB HDD into a 1TB datastore and a 2TB for personal storage but this would require that you split and create 2 volumes on the RAID 1 or SHR (Synology Hybrid RAID) array but SSD read-write cache can only be mounted to a single volume. Now with that said, if you only intend on setting up and using read cache only, then you can set this up and mount 1 SSD to each volume. Hope this helps!

    Reply
    1. Vanbrugh Lee
      Vanbrugh Lee at |

      Virtualex, Thanks for your explaination. One more queston, If I buy 4 x 3TB harddisks running RAID 10 setup, Split the harddisks 1TB into datastore and 5TB as personal storage. Is it OK ?

      Thanks a lot again.

      Vanbrugh.

      Reply
  48. virtualex
    virtualex at |

    feel free to divide & conquer at your own discretion! Keep in mind that if you do a SHR RAID Type instead of a RAID10, you will instead have 9TB usable with the other 3TB for protection. RAID10 will only get you 6TB usable & 6TB for protection…aka…mirror.

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  49. Gourav Pattnaik
    Gourav Pattnaik at |

    Hi Chris,

    I’m doing test lab for VCloud director. I’m following your train signal. I have created the MS SQL DB and while installing the VCloud director and connecting to the DB, its not connecting.

    2016-09-01 09:08:43,733 | ERROR | main | ConfigAgent | Could not connect to database: java.sql.SQLException: Login failed for user ‘vcloud’. |

    I have verified my DB creation script which I copied from the VMware site, the username and password are same. And since the this is a test setup , all the machines are on the same vLAN, verified, I’m able to do telnet from VCD server to the DB server on the port 1433.

    Would you have any other suggestion for me to check.

    Any help would be really helpful.

    Reply
  50. Krishna
    Krishna at |

    Hi Chris,

    Sorry for the very long post. I am hoping you can point me to a right direction.

    I got
    Hardware:
    1x Dell PowerEdge R510 with 64GB RAM and 4 TB Storage.
    1x Custom build PC with AMD 12 Core CPU, 32GB RAM and 8 TB Storage
    1x Dell XPS (The original quad core) PC with 8GB RAM and 4 TB Storage
    1x EMC (Discontinued model) NAS with 4 TB Storage (single NIC)
    1x Old HP computer with Dual NIC working as Sophos UTM
    1x Cisco 1801 Router (10/100)
    1x 24 Port Netgear GiG switch (basic)

    ISP is Telstra cable working with netgear wifi modem.

    Software:
    1x Server 2012 STD with 5 User CAL’s
    1x Exchange 2007 with 5 CAL’s

    Client devices:
    4x laptops (windows 10)
    3x Smart phones (Android)
    1x Smart TV

    What I want to Do:
    Install ESXi 6 or Hyper V on Dell server and configure 2 VM’s with Server 2012 (DC & File server/Mail server)

    Configure DC (Group policies, DHCP, DNS) and connect all Client devices to that DC.
    ISP connects to Sophos UTM and to Netgear switch. All traffic use Sophos as default Gateway.

    Use NAS for Veeam endpoint backups and Custom PC for Media streaming.

    Not sure about old Dell XPS yet but I will do something with it.

    Problem I am facing:

    Wired devices I am good. I am getting 35 MBPS speed, can communicate with other wired devices, Sophos web filter rules working.

    Wireless devices I hit the hurdle. As I never worked in Networking side before (I am trying to learn) I don’t know how to configure the Cisco Router to route between wired & wireless networks.

    So, all wireless devices using ISP modem as Default gateway(no web filter) and all wired devices using Sophos as Gateway.

    I tried to connect a Wireless AP to the Netgear switch and use that for wireless devices but the Speed I am getting is 2MBPS. Don’t know the reason.

    any advice would be very helpful.

    Thank you,
    Krishna

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