today I have finished to build my vSphere Home Lab.
I have started my adventure with ESXi and vSphere last summer almost for play but now I have finally found the time and in a particular way the money to build my vSphere Home Lab.
Still isn't what I really want however, I'm quite happy with my config.
This is my Hardware:
Asus P6T Deluxe V2
Intel Core i7 920
24GB DDR-3 RAM
ESXi installed on an USB Stick
3x1TB SataII HD
Intel Core i5 2500
16GB DDR-3 RAM
ESXi installed on USB Stick
Intel Core i3 540
Windows Server 2008 R2
I have installed FreeNAS on the PC1 and created a Stripe RAID0 array with the 3 1TB HD that I have on the PC1 and then added the NFS Share to ESXi.
Now I'm planning to install vSphere Server as VM on the PC1 and 2 Windows Server 2008 R2 VM for AD and DNS and then I'll play with vMotion etc...
Now what I need is a switch because actually I'm using my DD-WRT Gigabit Rourter but I know that is not the right solution.
However, what do you think of my Home lab?
I know, isn't perfect, is there something that I should do or should correct or avoid?
Thank You So Much!!!
Could be good.
I suggest to buy a swith with VLAN and PVLAN support in order to test also some DVS feature (if you need the lab to prepare for VCAP-DCA or also for the "simple" VCP exam).
Also test both the iSCSI and the NFS solution because they work in different way.
Thanks for your answers, I really appreciate.
Today I decided to buy another PC for NAS so I can have a PC dedicated only to shared storage.
So now I have no HD in my 2 vSphere Whiteboxes, this is the hardware for my NAS:
MB: Asrock H61M-GS
CPU: Pentium G620 (1155) Dual Core
RAM: 4GB DDR-3 Dual Channel
4HD (3x1Tb) and 1x640GB
I have created a striped RAID0 array with the 3 1TB HD and 1 iSCSI target with the 640GB HD.
I'll use the iSCSI target to store my VM ISOs and the NFS Share for VM Files.
As long as it boots up and works it would be a good decision
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Most embedded NICs do not work for ESXi. The vast majority are Realtek and are not supported. Without a supported NIC ESXi will not install. You can use one of the Intel Desktop adapters from the http://vm-help.com whitebox HCL or the VMware HCL http://vmware.com/go/hcl
With a small environment like this I would consider installing the vCenter Server Virtual Appliance and use the free DB2 database. This way you can use vCenter as a VM and not have to provide a Windows license.
Also some realtek chipset networking cards will be usable in ESXi 5.0. So it might be worth waiting for this release in a few weeks. I know the Vendors have a copy already so it won't be long before you can download it from VMware.