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My lab Bill of Materials

January 12, 2021 | Hardware, Homelab, VMware | No Comments

Hi everyone,

For this post, we’re going to look into all the gear I have in my lab. Note that these are all links and prices that I paid for at the time.

Let’s start with compute. I will list a table here of the servers.

ESXi1:

ProductAmount
HP DL380G6 chassis1
Intel Xeon X5660 6c/12t 2.8GHz2
Kingston 16GB DDR3 PC3-12800R 1600MHz ECC Reg18
HP SmartArray P401i (included)1
P401i 512MB Memory Module1
P401i RAID Capacitor1
Samsung 860 EVO 1TB2
Samsung 850 EVO 500GB1
Samsung 750 EVO 500GB1
WD Blue 2TB2
WD Blue 320GB1

ESXi2:

ProductAmount
HP DL380G6 chassis1
Intel Xeon X5660 6c/12t 2.8GHz2
Hynix 8GB DDR3 PC3-10600R 1333MHz ECC Reg18
HP SmartArray P401i (included)1
P401i 512MB Memory Module1
P401i RAID Capacitor1
Samsung 970 EVO 1TB1
Samsung 970 EVO PLUS 500GB1
WD Red 2TB1

ESXi3:

ProductAmount
HP DL380G6 chassis1
Intel Xeon X5660 6c/12t 2.8GHz2
Kingston 16GB DDR3 PC3-12800R 1600MHz ECC Reg18
HP SmartArray P401i (included)1
P401i 512MB Memory Module1
P401i RAID Capacitor1
Samsung 970 EVO Plus 1TB2
WD Red 2TB2

Then there is networking:

Item
Ubiquiti EdgeSwitch 24 Lite
Ubiquiti EdgeRouter 10X

All servers are connected to the EdgeSwitch with three 1 gigabit RJ45 ports. The iLO adapters of the three servers go to a ToR switch with public network access. One 1000/1000 network connection goes from the ToR switch into the EdgeRouter. Two other 1000/1000 network connections go into ESXi2 and ESXi3. One is for emergency access, the other is unused for now.

Future plans:

In the future, when money is no longer an issue (or at least much less), I would like to do the following:

  • Upgrade the ESXi hosts. (Server itself, CPU (more cores), and possibly memory).
  • Upgrade to 10 gigabit internal networking. (Through RJ45 or SFP+, connected through something like an EdgeSwitch 16-XG).
  • Once I have more compute capacity: deploy vRealize Automation and vRealize Log Insight.

This is all for this post. If you have any questions, feel free to DM me on my Twitter.

Have a great day and thank you for reading!