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 …

Alternative Setup of a VMware Homelab

My planed new Homelab requires a lot of space due to the fact of the size of the components. But what if someone would like to have a Homelab but does not have the space in the office. One option would be to run a fully virtualized Homelab but this is limited to the resources of the computer/laptop. A more costly option would be to use multiple INTEL NUC and a storage system.

Shopping list:

2x Intel NUC i5: Intel NUC6i5SYH
2x Samsung 32GB Memory: SAMSUNG 32GB Dual Channel Kit 2 x 16 GB 260 pin DDR4 2133 SO-DIMM (2133Mhz, PC4-17000, CL15) passend für alle Intel “Skylake” Notebooks mit DDR4 Standard
2x Samsung M2 SSD 250GB: Samsung MZ-N5E250BW 850 EVO interne SSD 250GB (SATA) grün
1x QNAP NAS 4 Bay: QNAP TS-453A-8G-NAS 4-Bay Intel Celeron Braswell N
4x WD Red 3TB: WD 3TB Red interne NAS-Festplatte (8,9 cm (3,5 Zoll)

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. 🙂…

vCenter Appliance – VDR 2.0 – VSA

After the 3 days of vSphere 5 training. I would like to point out 3 interesting components.

First of all the new vCenter appliance. This is based on SUSE linux. This is a really cool thing for the private Homelab as it is ready to use including an database and there are no Windows and MS SQL licenses necessary. Just deploy the OVF and boot the appliance. After the boot process has been finished point your browser to https://vCenterIP:5480. Login with User root/vmware, accept the EULA and start with the configuration of the database. The next step is to start the vCenter from the Status tab and that’s it. Now you should be able to access the vCenter using your vSphere client.

Second one is the new VDR 2.0. It is the major upgrade of the existing VDR 1.2.1 which was more or less useless as it was really buggy. …

OpenNode – CentOS based virtualization system

This is an CentOS 5 based bare-metal installer. OpenNode includes KVM and OpenVZ. They offer an management tools but I prefere to use the OpenVZ Web Panel (Link).

I have installed OpenNode onto my HP Proliant ML115 G5. This was really easy as a normal CentOS installation.

Link to OpenNode

After the system finished the setup I used the internal console to download an Ubuntu 10.04 template. With this template I created an new virtual machine and after this I installed the OpenVZ Web Panel on it. Next step was to install the hw-daemon of the OpenVz web panel onto the OpenNode machine. There was an small config file called hw-daemon.ini, I just entered the IP, Auth Key and started the daemon.
For an automated start I created an simple init script with just start and stop functionality. I used the chkconfig tool to add the init script …

on Vacation :-)

there will be currently no update as I’m on vacation 🙂…

Setup a Windows XP appliance …

Currently I setup a Windows XP appliance which I would like to use for a new way to manage a VMware ESXi plattform. A colleague had this idea to create an interface to manage ESXi free server’s from any kind of CMS.

Some details:

OS: Windows XP
Software: Apache, PHP, Powershell, VMware PowerCLI, JSON for PHP

more details will follow soon ……