2nd Microserver just arrived

I got my 2nd HP Microserver today including the Remote Access Card. In the next days the memory upgrade of both boxes to 8GB each will arrive too. So that means my private Lab is nearly ready. I just miss the external iSCSI storage but this is currently no issue as I use a freenas on my ML115 G5 as shared storage.

Let the tests and trainings begin … :-)

HomeLab and nested ESXi server

After an short weekend with a minimal of sleep … I’m done my Homelab is up and running. Furthermore I have created an template of an nested ESXi (virtualized ESXi). These nested ESXi are perfect for testing of Powershell scripts which I use to initial configure an new ESXi. Next steps which I have planned is to migrate my existing scripts to Powershell 2.0 modules and additionally extend the useability of it. So hopefully it will be possible to enter the IP into an GUI and select per SelectBox different configurations and than just hit configure. :-)

First testing results …

I have created some virtual machines on my HP Microserver and with 4 powered on VM’s he is running fine. The only problem is the current installed memory :-( I have only 4GB, but this will be changed asap. Furthermore I have ordered the HP Microserver Remote Kit … this is something like an small iLO adapter. Hopefully he will arrive tomorrow or latest Saturday. :-) I’m going to write an new Post regarding this adapter, after some time of testing.

Does anyone know a way to get an vSphere 5 license which contains more than 60 days just for my Homelab?

Homelab extension

Yesterday I have ordered the new HP Microserver N40L. This will extend my existing Homelab as second ESXi server.

Hardware specs HP Microserver N40L:

* AMD Turion II Neo N40L (1.5GHz)
* 2GB Memory installed (up to 8GB possible)
* 1x 250GB SATA HDD installed (up to 4 SATA HDD possible)
* Embedded NC107i PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Server Adapter

Planned upgrades:

* Memory upgrade to 8GB
* replacement/upgrade of Harddisk to 4x 2TB
* HP Microserver Remote Adapter Kit
* SATA/SAS Raid Controller

My existing Homelab:

* 1x HP ML115 G5 AMD Quad Core Opteron
* 8GB Memory
* multiple different Harddisks (2x 3,5″ 160GB; 2x 2,5″ 120GB … )

Currently missing but planned to be ordered:

* Shared Storage based on an Hardware appliance (Qnap, Iomega or equal)
* 2nd HP Microserver