My Homelab

Starting a homelab isn’t always a planned event… no. Sometimes it’ll creep its way into your life, an extra switch here another computer there. At some point as you sit surrounded by hardware getting dirty looks from the spouse you realize that you have a problem. And the only solution is more homelab!

The Current State of the Lab

A quick rundown of the current hardware and software that I have running.

Server

Google T4
Otherwise known as a Dell R720XD. It’s currently running Windows 2016 Datacenter with Hyper-V and the usual slew of VMs to enable pfSense, Active Directory, DNS, and DHCP. It also runs a few desktop environments for testing purposes. The actual process of getting this up and running took significantly more time than I had originally anticipated, but in the end it still became my happy little yellow box happily doing my bidding. In hindsight if someone wanted to go the Dell PowerEdge route in their homelab it would probably be easier to avoid branded versions of the hardware… unless it’s a really good deal! It currently consists of the following:

  • CPU: Dual Xeon E5 2640
  • RAM: 128GB
  • Raid Controller: H710P mini
  • Storage: 1 x 1TB Samsung EVO 860 SSD (I know I know, I need redundancy)
  • PSU: Dual 1100 Watt

Storage

Thecus N5550 NAS
Currently holding 5 x 3TB WD Red drives running in RAID6.

Networking

TP-Link 16 port gigabit switch

D-Link Wireless AC3200 Router

Clients

Main Desktop

  • CPU: Intel 8700K @ 4.9Ghz
  • Motherboard: ASUS Z370-E Gaming
  • RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3000
  • GPU: Zotac AMP! Extreme Core Edition GTX1080Ti
  • Storage: Samsung 960 PRO 512GB
  • PSU: Corsair AX760

Clients

Gaming Laptop

  • CPU: Intel i7 4720HQ
  • RAM: 16GB
  • GPU: GTX 780M
  • Storage: 256GB SSD/1TB Spinning Rust

Wife’s Laptop

  • CPU: Intel i5 4200u
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 256GB Intel SSD