Time to replace my Homelab – Part 1

Categories: ESXi, Homelab, HP, Virtualisation, VMware, vSphere

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 […]

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

Categories: ESXi, Homelab, HP, Uncategorized, Virtualisation, VMware, vSphere

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 […]

Homelab + ESXi Hostclient

Categories: ESXi, Homelab, Hostclient, HP, VMware

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 […]

Openstack with VMware vCenter

Categories: Cloud, ESXi, OpenStack, Virtualisation, VMware, vSphere

Last week I started to play around with Openstack in combination with VMware vCenter. I used Devstack as baseline and configured the VMware support. I wasn’t expecting that it will directly work but it did. The configuration is described in the OpenStack Wiki. As environment I used 3 HP Dl360 G7 (2xQuad Core, 96GB Memory, […]

New HP Microserver NL54

Categories: Homelab, HP

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 […]

2nd Microserver just arrived

Categories: ESXi, Homelab, HP, VMware, vSphere

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 […]

Extension of my homelab

Categories: ESXi, Homelab, HP, Virtualisation, VMware, vSphere

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

Categories: ESXi, HP, Virtualisation, VMware, vSphere

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 […]

HP Microserver Remote Access Kit

Categories: Homelab, HP

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.