Category: Home Lab

12. October 2021

irg-NET-Lab 4.0

Welcome to the 3rd major update of my Home Lab. In this update, I took care at the hypervisor, as vSphere 7.0 was finally released. In addition, I added another one to the HPE DL380p Gen8 with similar Specs except Ram. The update from vSphere 6.7 U3 to 7.0 was very easy, both the vCenter and the ESXi could be updated without problems. The new […]

8. September 2021

irg-NET-Lab 3.0 U2

In this update we focus on my wireless network, so nothing major. However, I wanted to have a bit of an enterprise feel in my wifi environment as well. So I replaced the Fritz Repeater 3000 and the FritzBox. The FritzBox now only serves as an internet router, the wireless LAN function is turned off. On recommendation of a colleague I came across Ubiquiti Networks. […]

3. September 2021

irg-NET-Lab 3.0 U1

Following on from the major update, we start with the topic of VMware vMotion. Live migration (vMotion) in ESX allows a virtual machine to move between two different hosts. Live storage migration (Storage vMotion) enables live migration of virtual disks on the fly. For more Information: https://www.vmware.com/products/vcenter-server.html & https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VCenter Since I purchased the larger server, I had the opportunity to finally replace the HP Microserver […]

17. August 2021

irg-NET-Lab 3.0

Welcome to the 2nd major update of my Home Lab. In the last small update we talked about resource limitations, which we will break now. I have purchased a HP DL380p Gen8 12 LFF with 12x 3.5″ disk bays, 64GB memory, 4x 1Gbit Ethernet as well as 1x 1Gbit iLO with a datastore of 4TB. First task: implement and discover VMware vCenter. vCenter Server is […]

12. August 2021

irg-NET-Lab 2.0 U1

In this small update I have made a spatial separation of the microservers. Just as it should be in medium-sized companies. For this I purchased two identical HP 1810-24G switches, equipped them with 2x 1 Gbit transceivers and connected them via fiber optic cable (LACP). Link to the successor switch HPE 1820-24G: https://amzn.to/3CB1HeO The VMware vSphere server was in the living room and the backup […]

4. August 2021

irg-NET-Lab 2.0

Welcome to the first major update of my Home Lab. In the last update I presented you a productive environment with running applications. Next to this environment a backup strategy should not be missing. For this purpose, I have purchased another HP Microserver Gen8, on which Microsoft Windows Server 2016 is running natively. As a backup strategy, Veeam came into question for me. Veeam offers […]

4. August 2021

irg-NET-Lab 1.0 U2

The previously mentioned poor wireless LAN quality was optimized in this home lab update. There were several wireless LAN access point and repeater manufacturers to choose from. I decided for a homogeneous infrastructure and therefore the FRITZ!WLAN Mesh Repeater 3000 came into question and lo and behold, the wireless LAN quality is now at 100%. You can find the link to the repeater below. I […]

31. July 2021

irg-NET-Lab 1.0 U1

After discovering VMware vSphere 6.7, I started to implement first applications on the hypervisor. One was Pi-hole, based on Linux, in my case a Debian 9 VM, which acted as a tracking- and ad-blocker as well as an optional DHCP server. On the other hand – FreeNAS a free operating system (FreeBSD) for Network Attached Storage (NAS). For this I built a corresponding FreeBSD VM. […]

30. July 2021

irg-NET-Lab 1.0

It all started with an HP Microserver Gen8 and VMware ESXi 6.7. One of my colleagues recommended to start with this constellation and that would be my recommendation for anyone out there who wants to get their first experiences with VMware and professional hardware. The HP Microserver Gen8 is the ideal entry into the server world, which comes with 4x 3,5″ SATA slots, 2x 1Gbit […]