Time to replace my Homelab – Part 1

My current homelab contains 2x HP ML10v2, 1x HP Microserver Gen8 and 2 Switches (1 Mikrotik Cloud Switch 24 Port, Zyxcel 16 Port). This setup was sufficient for a long time. But due to the increased resource requirements of some VMware products and my activities with vROPs, Log Insight and other solutions I require more resources. Furthermore I would like to reduce from 3 to 1 server and run more activities virtually based on the lab scripts from William Lam.

Current Setup:

New Setup:

The plan is to extend the machine with 8x 146GB SAS disks and additionally upgrade the memory to 144GB at least. The FC card will be removed as it will not be used in my Homelab.

If someone is interested in buying one or two HP ML10v2 please send my a message.

to be continued ……

Homelab the current state

It’s time for a new update about my new Homelab. In the past I was running HP Microserver 2x N40L and 1x Gen8. All these machines are still here but no longer in use and will be for sale soon. My new Homelab contains now 2x HP ML10v2, 1x Zyxel 16 Gbit Switch, 1x Lenovo ix4-300d storage.

2x Server HP ML10 v2: HP ProLiant ML10 v2 G3240-Server (nicht Hot-Plug-fähig, 4 GB-U, B120i, 4 LFF, 350-W-Netzteil)
2x SSD adapter per Server: Kingston SNA-DC2/35 SATA DriveCarrier Einbaurahmen für 6,4 cm (2,5 Zoll) bis 8,9 cm (3,5 Zoll) schwarz
Memory: Samsung 8GB (1x 8GB) DDR3 1600MHz (PC3 12800E) 2Rx8 ECC Unbuffered Dimm Server Workstation Arbeitsspeicher RAM Memory
1x Zyxel 16 Port Gbit Switch: Zyxel GS1100-16-EU0101F Gigabit Switch (16-Port, RJ-45)
1x Lenovo ix4-300d Storage: Lenovo Iomega ix4-300d Network Storage (0TB Diskless EMEA, Marvell Armada TM XP, 1,3GHz, 4x HDD, 512MB RAM)
2x HP Quad …

Homelab upgrade and Options to install a SSD into the HP Microserver Gen8

I started to plan the upgrade my current homelab from 1x HP Microserver Gen8, 2x HP Microserver N40L and a Netgear 24 port switch. The only part which I will keep is the HP Microserver Gen8 it has already 16GB of memory and a HP SmartArray P410 with 512MB Cache module incl. battery. This machine will run my infrastructure machines like a tiny vCenter. As work horses I plan to use HP ML10v2 due to the fact that they are cost efficient and they support up to 32GB of memory.

Parts list which I will use in my future homelab:

1x Server HP Microserver Gen8: HP ProLiant MicroServer (Gen8, G1610T, 1P, 4 GB-U, B120i, SATA-Server)
2x Server HP ML10 v2: HP ProLiant ML10 v2 G3240-Server (nicht Hot-Plug-fähig, 4 GB-U, B120i, 4 LFF, 350-W-Netzteil)
2x SSDs per Server: Mushkin MKNSSDRE1TB Reactor 7mm SSD, 1TB
2x SSD adapter per Server: Kingston SNA-DC2/35

Homelab + ESXi Hostclient

My Homelab contains currently 2x HP Microserver N40L and one HP Microserver Gen8. The N40L’s are running ESXi 5.5 and the Gen8 is running ESXi 6. That’s my basic setup. Due the fact that I’m only using Apple computers I have searched a long time for an alternative to the vSphere fat client. Since a couple of months VMware has a Fling available called ESXi host client. The new host client is a HTML and JavaScript based vSphere client running directly on the hypervisor.

Hostclient installation:

Download the latest VIB from https://labs.vmware.com/flings/esxi-embedded-host-client

Upload the file to the ESXi datastore and install it using esxcli.

esxcli software vib install -v /vmfs/volumes/datastore/esxui-3530804.vib

Afterwards you can access the hostclient using the management IP of your ESXi host https://MGMT-IP/ui

hostclient_login

Login using your ESXi credentials.

hostclient_host_view

Most of the standard configurations can be handled with the new host client which simplifies everything.

Now I hope that …

New HP Microserver NL54

HP has announced a new version of the nice little Microserver. After the NL36 and NL40 now it is the NL54. The basics are the same the only real improvement is the new CPU which is now running on 2.2Ghz instead of 1.5Ghz. The official memory limit is still 8GB. 🙁 I had expected that HP will increase the limit to 16GB. Nevertheless it is a cool small server which is perfect for home lab setups.

Quickspecs

long time no post … :-(

I’m very busy at work as we are currently in major reorganisation. Personal for myself everything has changed. I’m now in a new department including a new boss and new responsibilities. But now everything settles and I have time for new stuff like my preparation for the VCP 5 exam. 🙂

As preparation I have upgraded my Homelab completely to vSphere 5. Both Microserver and the ML115 G5 are running ESXi 5 with the latest patches. The vCenter is running as virtual machine located on the ML115 G5 as this box has much more power than the Microservers. Next step is setup of a shared storage as this is still missing in my homelab and the VDR for backups.

Hopefully I’m able to finalize these things asap.…

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 … 🙂…

Extension of my homelab

Today I have ordered a Second HP Microserver N40L. Additionally 8GB for my old and the new Microserver and the Remote Access Card. I will create a Cluster with both Micro’s and my ML115 G5 using EVC. This will be enough power to run all my test as preparation for the VCP 5 exam. …

VMware vSphere 5

Now I had the time to setup an vSphere 5 vCenter on Windows (MS Sql Express DB) and 4 HP servers. Setup was quite easy of vCenter no real issue. Only the SQL Express was a not working directly, but with some Google all issues could be resolved. I have than upgraded all 4 servers from 4.1 to 5 using the iso image. 3 of 4 have been successfully. The last one was not working after the upgrade and I have than plain reinstalled it. After this the environment was up and running. In the next days I will test all basic functions and later on I will test out the new stuff like VSA, DataStore Pools and so on. Keep you in the loop.…

HP Microserver Remote Access Kit

Today I got the HP Microserver Remote Access Kit. This really a cool upgrade for the Microserver!

Login Screen:

First page:

KVM screen:

This is really helpfull for initial setup and later troubleshooting.…