My lab Bill of Materials

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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:

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Product
HP DL380G6 chassis
Intel Xeon X5660 6c/12t 2.8GHz
Kingston 16GB DDR3 PC3-12800R 1600MHz ECC Reg
HP SmartArray P401i (included)
P401i 512MB Memory Module
P401i RAID Capacitor
Samsung 860 EVO 1TB
Samsung 850 EVO 500GB
Samsung 750 EVO 500GB
WD Blue 2TB
WD Blue 320GB

ESXi2:

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  1
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Product
HP DL380G6 chassis
Intel Xeon X5660 6c/12t 2.8GHz
Hynix 8GB DDR3 PC3-10600R 1333MHz ECC Reg
HP SmartArray P401i (included)
P401i 512MB Memory Module
P401i RAID Capacitor
Samsung 970 EVO 1TB
Samsung 970 EVO PLUS 500GB
WD Red 2TB

ESXi3:

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Product
HP DL380G6 chassis
Intel Xeon X5660 6c/12t 2.8GHz
Kingston 16GB DDR3 PC3-12800R 1600MHz ECC Reg
HP SmartArray P401i (included)
P401i 512MB Memory Module
P401i RAID Capacitor
Samsung 970 EVO Plus 1TB
WD Red 2TB

Then there is networking:

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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!