VM Home Lab 2.0

In the past, my Mobile Lab received more attention than the Home Lab since I spend a significant amount of time on the road.

With an SSD in my laptop’s expansion slot, I am able to run most basic vSphere configurations with fairly good performance.

For 2012, though, I decided to give some attention to my poor, neglected home lab in-between cramming for various certifications.

Here is the resultant VM Home Lab 2.0 Setup:

Management “Cluster”
HP Proliant MicroServer N40L


-Runs the following VMs in vSphere 5.0:

  • Lab Domain Controller
  • vCenter 5.0
  • OpenFiler (NAS for ISO Storage and iSCSI for my vCloud Director environment)
  • Win7 JumpBox for Remote Access (until I can setup VPN for the home)


Hosts (2)
HP Proliant ML110 G6 X3440

-16 GB RAM

-Intel Xeon X3440 (Dual Core + Hyperthreading!!!)

-Additional NIC for network teaming

-vSphere 5: Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) Cluster with Distributed Power Management (DPM) Configured



Cisco Catalyst 2350 (LACP & GigEthernet)



Iomega PX4-300d

-RAID 0 [Living Dangerously?  Yes, I know 🙂 ] – 3*110 GB SSD

-iSCSI for my physical vSphere Hosts


Great performance so far, and I’m finding myself using the Home Lab more often now, even while on the road.  For now, the Mobile Lab has been relegated to Auto Deploy and PowerCLI practice.

Future updates will include creating VLANs for the various traffic types, setting up a L3-capable switch with an SVI for inter-VLAN communications, and deploying Nexus 1000V for a little VXLAN action.  I’ll keep you all posted on future lab revisions.

In the meantime, please share your own home lab setups as well as tips & tricks in the comments below.

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