4. August 2021

irg-NET-Lab 2.0

By H. Cemre Günay

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 core advantages:

Simple – Granular recovery, analytics, scalable architecture.

Flexible – Software-defined, hardware-independent, cloud-ready.

Reliable – Extensively tested, transferable data format: “It just works”!

Powerful – Fast, secure, scalable and future-proof – for businesses of any size.

The great thing about Veeam is that it offers a Community Edition so up to 10 virtual, physical and cloud-based workloads can be backed up: e.g. VMware, Hyper-V, Windows and Linux servers, laptops and NAS!

For more Information about Veeam, please visit: https://www.veeam.com/

Since the FRITZ!Box 6940 has only a limited number of ports (total 4), it was time to put a switch between the microservers. As a big HPE fanatic, an HPE 1820-8G switch was of course a possibility. The switch offers the following specs:

Ports: 8 x 10/100/1000BASE-T

Manageable: Smart Management

Type of construction: Desktop / Rackmount

HPE 1820-8G Switch: https://amzn.to/3jHGvLu

FRITZ!WLAN Mesh Repeater 3000: https://amzn.to/3jfI0R0