I'll Show You Mine If You Show Me Yours, Home Labs


  • Service Provider

    We have a great, active thread about home desktops, but we just realized that there isn't one about home labs! We are totally missing the boat. Post your pics of your home lab setup!!


  • Service Provider

    I am very sad that my old home labs from Ithaca and Geneseo, and even the one from Greece, NY never had pictures of them.



  • I'll take some pics thursday when I finish installing the server :D



  • Now I have to tidy up... QQ


  • Service Provider

    In Greece, NY, @AndyW and I had a home lab that included one desktop on each floor of a three story house, plus a full workbench in the basement with four workstations on a huge metal table much like a helpdesk setup. One Windows NT machine on each floor, with the big four user workstation being all Linux 1.3 machines (Caldera.)

    The server(s) in the basement were the only machines later than a Pentium, there was a Pentium Pro 200 workstation running NT 4 Server with RRAS and Proxy Server 2 on it that was our gateway and one Windows NT 4 fileserver and PDC that powered the house. Everything was 10BaseT through a Netgear / Bay Networks hub! It was an awesome time.


  • Service Provider

    In Ithaca we had a converted wine cellar that was used and the whole house was wired up with a huge cabling plant. GigE everywhere, switched, with servers on a small table in the wine cellar where all of the cabling terminated. I had a full office built into a separate room in my bedroom, which was amazing. huge monitors, big commercial desk, VoIP phone on the desk (this was all pre-2003) and everything. It was a full home office like people rarely get even today, a decade and a half ago. Full Windows NT servers in the basement, we had moved up to Proliants by this point.



  • @scottalanmiller Benefits of Linux. Wouldn't dream of doing that in Windows (hardware wise)


  • Service Provider

    In Geneseo we had a dedicated server room built into the basement. It was a large alcove large enough for a few racks and we had it walled off with three sides concrete blocks against the ground so it stayed very cool, the other side was a wall with a six foot wide window looking it, and a door with its own lock. A full scale baker's rack loaded with servers was in there, along with all of the networking gear and the whole house was wired from there. So every bit of computing in the house was located in that one space. It was awesome, especially at night if you walked by and could see all of the blinking lights in the dark. It looked like a large company's server closet. Very professional.

    Of course, the roar was so loud that you could hear the servers faintly from the street in front of the house.



  • @scottalanmiller said in I'll Show You Mine If You Show Me Yours, Home Labs:

    e basement. It was a large alcove large enough for a few racks and we had it walled off with three sides concrete blocks against the ground so it stayed very cool, the other side was a wall with a six foot wide window looking it, and a door with its own lock.

    Screenshot or it didn't happen. :) That sounds awesome!


  • Service Provider

    When in Texas, had a whole office built just for working from home (need to find pics of that, too) and behind it a dedicated server and networking room with its own power, own AC, half rack for the servers and a wall rack for the networking. It was great.

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  • Dell PowerEdge R710 (Dual 2.26ghz QC E5530 Xeons, 72GB DDR3 ECC memory, and PERC H700 Raid controller with 4 X 2TB drives in Raid 10).

    It is currently running XenServer, but I am going to let a friend who is studying Linux use it to learn how to install/configure KVM-QEMU in the next week or so.

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    I'll eventually be in the market for a NAS and possibly a second hypervisor, but for now this gets the job done. Of course it lives in my basement, not my dining room table... These images were taken shortly after delivery/unboxing.



  • @RamblingBiped Your lab seems to be unplugged and disassembled....



  • @DustinB3403 said in I'll Show You Mine If You Show Me Yours, Home Labs:

    @RamblingBiped Your lab seems to be unplugged and disassembled....

    I don't have any current pictures with it in operation. Whenever I have my buddy do his build I'll take some updated pictures. I also don't have a rack yet, it's just sitting on top of some totes in the corner of my basement. :-D



  • Are those RAM sticks tiny? otherwise why so many?



  • @Dashrender said in I'll Show You Mine If You Show Me Yours, Home Labs:

    Are those RAM sticks tiny? otherwise why so many?

    Do you not want to max out your RAM whenever possible???



  • @Dashrender said in I'll Show You Mine If You Show Me Yours, Home Labs:

    Are those RAM sticks tiny? otherwise why so many?

    Because I can? :-D The price of 72GB versus 48GB was negligible at the time of purchase so I went ahead and went with the larger amount and had them populate all the slots.



  • @RamblingBiped said in I'll Show You Mine If You Show Me Yours, Home Labs:

    @Dashrender said in I'll Show You Mine If You Show Me Yours, Home Labs:

    Are those RAM sticks tiny? otherwise why so many?

    Because I can? :-D The price of 72GB versus 48GB was negligible at the time of purchase so I went ahead and went with the larger amount and had them populate all the slots.

    negligible? as in $20? or $200?



  • Probably closer to $20. My last server build we got 64GB instead of 32GB for like $35 premium. Well worth it.



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    Here is my homelab, Xenserver 7.0 running on Dell PowerEdge T110 II
    16GB RAM, 500GB single drive
    Synology Nas
    Netgear Smart Vlan capable switch.
    Few ubuntu servers and a windows server 2012R2 template.
    All setup on some funky old chest of drawers lol.


  • Service Provider

    @StuartJordan Thanks for sharing it!



  • Rack in my living room. I used to have a really cool hand painted piece of wood behind but I gave it to a friend who liked it :D
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    New VM Host (Dell R510)
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  • My home lab right now is a whitebox AMD FX3800 (quad core), 12GB RAM, 3TB storage running Win 8.1 and Hyper-V, and a hosted server with 16GB RAM, 2TB storage running KVM. Both networks connected via ZeroTier.



  • @Dashrender said in I'll Show You Mine If You Show Me Yours, Home Labs:

    @RamblingBiped said in I'll Show You Mine If You Show Me Yours, Home Labs:

    @Dashrender said in I'll Show You Mine If You Show Me Yours, Home Labs:

    Are those RAM sticks tiny? otherwise why so many?

    Because I can? :-D The price of 72GB versus 48GB was negligible at the time of purchase so I went ahead and went with the larger amount and had them populate all the slots.

    negligible? as in $20? or $200?

    Less than $30 at the time I purchased it., the seller on ebay actually put the components I wanted together in a bundle for me and agreed on the price.



  • Budget lab :D
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  • I'll post my pics when I get some might be a little while, not to much to look at most of it is virtual and I recently had to get rid of my hardware test bench... but planning on building a new one soonish... currently all my machines reside in 3 physical machines, one ATX full tower that I built for me to game on and play with, one ATX full tower gaming desktop that I built for my dad, but pitched in on a better processor and more ram so I could run virtual machines in the background with out him noticing, and my Lenovo Y50 with 12gb of ram running my main linux install, and when I need it to a virtual machine or two, gonna get some second hand servers here soon, not sure what I'm gonna do with em yet but I'll think of something.



  • My "Home Lab" right now is a Vultr account. Really is cheaper than paying for the power, and I don't want to listen to something else when it gets hot in my tiny efficiency apartment. My desktop at home was custom built with an eye to keeping it quiet, even during the summer. (Lots of large fans and a temperature based fan controller.)



  • @RamblingBiped said in I'll Show You Mine If You Show Me Yours, Home Labs:

    @Dashrender said in I'll Show You Mine If You Show Me Yours, Home Labs:

    @RamblingBiped said in I'll Show You Mine If You Show Me Yours, Home Labs:

    @Dashrender said in I'll Show You Mine If You Show Me Yours, Home Labs:

    Are those RAM sticks tiny? otherwise why so many?

    Because I can? :-D The price of 72GB versus 48GB was negligible at the time of purchase so I went ahead and went with the larger amount and had them populate all the slots.

    negligible? as in $20? or $200?

    Less than $30 at the time I purchased it., the seller on ebay actually put the components I wanted together in a bundle for me and agreed on the price.

    aww, well in that case, awesome!



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    • Ubiquiti ES48-500W
    • Netgear GS724Tv3
    • 2 x PowerEdge R210II running HA Sophos UTM 9
    • 1 x PowerEdge R210II used for family remote backup
    • 1 x PowerEdge R210II for the teenage kid to run Minecraft and some other war game for he and his friends
    • PowerEdge R710 & MD1000 Veeam backup target (52TB RAID6)
    • Spare MD1000
    • PowerEdge R510 Hyper-V host running Plex media server (60TB RAID6)
    • PowerEdge R420 Hyper-V host running a bunch of VMs including various desktop OS for testing as well as FreePBX, Sophos iView, Fastvue
    • PowerEdge R610 spare server. Will probably get sold off as I haven't used it in some time.
    • 2 x Dell 1000VA UPS
    • Not pictured is a Synology DS2415+ as offsite backup target (80TB RAID6)


  • @NashBrydges Nice!



  • @NashBrydges said in I'll Show You Mine If You Show Me Yours, Home Labs:

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    • Ubiquiti ES48-500W
    • Netgear GS724Tv3
    • 2 x PowerEdge R210II running HA Sophos UTM 9
    • 1 x PowerEdge R210II used for family remote backup
    • 1 x PowerEdge R210II for the teenage kid to run Minecraft and some other war game for he and his friends
    • PowerEdge R710 & MD1000 Veeam backup target (52TB RAID6)
    • Spare MD1000
    • PowerEdge R510 Hyper-V host running Plex media server (60TB RAID6)
    • PowerEdge R420 Hyper-V host running a bunch of VMs including various desktop OS for testing as well as FreePBX, Sophos iView, Fastvue
    • PowerEdge R610 spare server. Will probably get sold off as I haven't used it in some time.
    • 2 x Dell 1000VA UPS
    • Not pictured is a Synology DS2415+ as offsite backup target (80TB RAID6)

    Pretty nice setup @NashBrydges


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