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Homelab 2021

LAB for 2021 is ready. Last year new home DC building has been build.
Usually I run 2x vCenters, NSX-T, NSX-V, VSAN, Cloud Director, vRO, vRLI etc..
and a lots of linux VM’s all for testing and learning purpose. Licenses I have are from vExpert and VMUG Advantage.

2021-01-17

DC5

Networking:

  • Internet 500Mbit
  • Cisco 2970G
  • Zyxel GS1920
  • Mikrotik CRS 305 (4x 10Gbit)
  • Mikrotik CRS 312 (12x 10Gbit)

Compute:

DELL R710A

  • 2x Xeon
  • 192 GB RAM
  • iDRAC
  • 4x NIC

DELL R710B

  • 1x Xeon
  • 92GB RAM
  • 4x NIC

DELL R710C

  • 1x Xeon
  • 92GB RAM
  • 4x NIC

NUC1 – Test & Dev

  • i3-6100U @ 2.3GHz
  • 32GB RAM
  • 256GB NVMe
  • 500GB SATA 2,5″
  • 2x 1Gbit NIC (one of them is USB TP-LINK U300)

VSAN Compute Cluster:

ESX2 (whitebox)

  • Intel G4560 @ 3.5GHz
  • MB: B250M-D3H
  • 64GB RAM
  • 500GB NVMe Samsung 970EVO
  • 1TB SSD SATA Samsung 860EVO
  • 2x 256GB SSD SATA Kingston
  • 4x 1Gbit NIC
  • 2x 10Gbit NIC (intel X540-AT2) Base-T

ESX5

  • Xeon D-2123IT @ 2.2GHz
  • MB: Supermicro SYS-E300-9D-4CN8TB
  • 128GB RAM
  • 500GB NVMe Samsung 970EVO
  • 1TB SSD SATA Samsung 860EVO
  • IPMI
  • 4x 1Gbit NIC
  • 2x 10Gbit NIC (intel X722) Base-T
  • 2x 10Gbit NIC (intel X722) SFP+

ESX7

  • Xeon D-2123IT @ 2.2GHz
  • MB: Supermicro SYS-E300-9D-4CN8TB
  • 128GB RAM
  • 500GB NVMe Samsung 970EVO
  • 1TB SSD SATA Samsung 860EVO
  • IPMI
  • 4x 1Gbit NIC
  • 2x 10Gbit NIC (intel X722) Base-T
  • 2x 10Gbit NIC (intel X722) SFP+

Performance cluster:

ESX3
IBM System x3690 X5
2x Xeon CPU E7- 2803 @ 1.73GHz (6core+HT)
256GB RAM
2x 1Gbit
2x 10Gbit

ESX9
IBM System x3690 X5
2x Xeon CPU E7- 2803 @ 1.73GHz (6core+HT)
256GB RAM
2x 1Gbit
2x 10Gbit

Storage:

NearStore

  • Xeon E3-1220L @2.3GHz (4core)
  • MB: Supermicro X9SCM
  • Case: Nanoxia Deep Silence 6, Rev. B
  • 32GB RAM
  • 16x 2TB SATA
  • 3x 3TB SATA
  • IPMI
  • 2x 1Gbit NIC (82574LM + 82574L)
  • 2x 10Gbit NIC (intel X540-AT2) Base-T
  • 1x 10Gbit Asus

QNAP 653Pro

  • 6x 3TB SATA
  • 4x 1Gbit

DC 1

Networking:

  • Internet 100Mbit

Compute:

GOLEM – ESXi 6.5.0 – Build 10719125

  • Xeon X3450 @ 2.67GHz
  • MB: S3420GP
  • Case: 1U
  • 24GB RAM
  • 5x 1Gbit NIC
  • 2x 1TB HDD SATA
  • 2x 512GB SSD SATA

D&R Site

Networking:

  • Internet 50Mbit

Compute:

ESX2

  • Xeon E3-1220L @2.3GHz (4core)
  • MB: Supermicro X9SCM
  • 32GB RAM
  • 2TB SATA
  • 2x 1Gbit NIC (82574LM + 82574L)

Storage:

Synology DS210j

  • 2x 3TB SATA
  • 2x 1Gbit

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