Home Lab

It has taken me a while to write up a post of my Home Lab and the VMs that I have running currently, but I decided to at least get the framework of this into an official post.  I will do my best to continue to encapsulate new additions as well as VMs/appliances that I am playing around with.  There are so many great home labs out there and blog posts about them it is humbling to take a look around at what others are running and learning with.

Home Lab VMs Running

My Home Lab Virtual environment tends to be fairly volatile as I am continually spinning up new VMs/appliances and tearing them down.  However, there are a few VMs I have up and running that are more mainstays in my environment.

vSphere Specific

  • vSphere Data Protection
  • vCenter
  • vSphere Replication Appliance

Linux VMs

  • Arpwatch – running on Ubuntu 14.04 with arpwatch modules installed
  • Dell Virtual Storage Manager
  • Generic Ubuntu webserver – running to test various version of web technology, PHP code, etc
  • vSphere Data Protection
  • Cisco UCS simulator
  • Various Firewall VMs for testing:
    • Untangle 12
    • Sophos XG Firewall
    • Pfsense
  • VM Turbo appliance
  • HP_VSR1000

Windows VMs

  • Windows Domain environment
    • Domain controller
    • DNS
    • Network Policy Server/RADIUS
    • PRTG Monitoring software
    • Windows 2012 R2 services box with various network services, etc
  • Various test clients:
    • Windows 10
    • Windows 8.1
    • Windows 7

Home Lab Networking

  • Whitebox network appliance – running Intel Atom D2550 dual core
  • mikrotik rb951g-2hnd – wireless – private and public SSIDs
  • Netgear wireless AP
  • Cisco SG300-20 – serves as my core switch
  • Meraki MS220-8P – various testing and uplinks

Home Lab Hardware

More to come!  I will be putting a list of the more specific host hardware soon.  Hopefully an upgrade of my current lab hardware is in the works as well and no doubt some posts to follow about that specifically.  Stay tuned.

Mobile/Auxilliary Lab

I have a Dell precision Workstation laptop with Core i7 and 32gigs of RAM.  With the laptop, I am running VMware Workstation 12 Pro with nested ESXi installs running.

The nested ESXi installation is configured as follows:

  • (2) hosts running ESXi 6 update 2
    • 5.5 gigs of memory for each
  • (1) vCenter 6 VCSA appliance
    • Thin provisioned
    • 4 gigs of RAM
  • (1) FreeNAS VM
    • Storage provisioned as iSCSI targets
  • (1) Ubuntu Server installation
    • Running BIND for lightweight DNS resolution

Windows VMs on the laptop

  • (2) Windows 10 VMs
  • (2) Windows 8.1 VMs
  • (1) Cisco VIRL
  • (1) Xenserver install