My new Home Lab - logo

Working at VMware provides many fantastic possibilities. One of it is a possibility to use vCloud Director based environment where you can spin up any lab you want (of course with per-user limits 😉 ). This environment has some limits and I decided to purchase new Home Lab.

After long considerations, I decided to buy well known in VMware community Supermicro E300-8D. It has amazing hardware combined with very small chassis.

Main components:

CPU Intel Xeon D-1518 2,2Ghz
Cores/Threads 4 Cores / 8 Threads
Memory 128 GB (4x 32GB) 2133Mhz DDR4 ECC RDIMM
Network 6x 1Gbe (RJ45) + 2x 10Gb (SFP+)
Disks 4x SATA3
1x M.2 – M key 2242/2280/22110 – PCI-E 3.0 x4
1x mSATA (Mini PCI-E) – PCI-E 2.0 x1
Peripheral 2x USB 3.0
Expansion 2x PCI-E 3.0 x8
SATADOM 2x Satadom
Form factor Mini-1U

I’ve decided that for maximum performance I will use all-flash vSAN. Below you will find the list of components I used in my setup:

  • RAM – 4 x 32GB Samsung  DDR4-2133 regECC DIMM CL15
  • ESXi local storage – 32GB Delock SATADOM Module SATA 6Gb/ MLC
  • vSAN:
    • Flash Tier – WD Black 256GB SSD M.2 PCI-Express
    • Capacity Tier – Crucial MX300 2TB SATA

At the moment I am not using any managed switches (I plan to do so in the nearest future) and my lab will be entirely nested. I am in a process of building the environment and after some time I will share my thoughts how this server suits for the home lab.

I certainly recommend to read more about the Supermicro server:

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Wojciech Marusiak

Cloud Solution Architect at Microsoft
I am an innovative and experienced IT professional with over 13 years in the IT industry.

My experience and skills have been proven by leading vendor certifications like AWS, Alibaba Cloud, VMware, and Microsoft. I contribute to the IT community and I received VMware vExpert 2014 - 2019, vExpert Pro and VMware vExpert NSX 2017 Award.

My blog - was voted #76 in Top vBlog 2018 contest!

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