State of the Lab 2016

I last shared my Homelab in 2014 and after updates over the last two years my lab barely resembles the one from two years ago. These State of the Lab updates will become a more frequent series where I share not only the hardware of the lab, but also various software components that I’m using or testing in the lab. The primary focus of any lab is for experimentation and learning so this should be an interesting series. Especially considering I have over 35 VMs running in the lab for everything from Plex to Exchange 2016 to Team Foundation Server 2015.

Current Lab

The lab currently consists of the following hardware:

APC NetShelter CX Noise Isolating Server Cabinet

  • Size: 24U

HP Storage Works 1/8 G2 Tape Library

  • LTO-4 (800GB per tape)
  • 8 Tape Capacity
  • SAS

Lenovo RD630 (decommissioned)

  • CPU: 1 x Intel Xeon E5-2620 2Ghz
  • RAM: 48GB
  • RAID: LSI 9260-8i w/ 512MB Cache & BBU
  • HDD: 4 x 146GB 15K RPM SAS
  • IMPI: ThinkServer Management Premium Module

Dell R620

  • OS: Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter w/ Hyper-V
  • CPU: 2 x Intel Xeon E5-2690 2.9Ghz w/ HT (32 Logical Cores)
  • RAM: 64GB
  • RAID 1 (Internal): PERC H710P
  • RAID 2 (External): LSI 9280-8e (Connected to SA120)
  • HDD: 4 x 900GB 15K SAS (RAID 5 + 1 Hot Spare)
  • HBA: LSI 9200-8e (Connected to HP Storage Works Tape Library)

Lenovo SA120

  • HDD: 4 x 1TB 7200RPM (RAID 5)
  • HDD: 2 x 5TB 7200RPM (RAID 0)

HP DL360 Gen8

  • OS: VMware ESXi 6.0U2
  • CPU: 2 x Intel Xeon E5-2670 2.6Ghz w/ HT (32 Logical Cores)
  • RAM: 256GB
  • RAID: HP P420i
  • HDD: 7 x 900 GB 15K SAS (RAID 5)
  • SSD: 1 x 1.2TB (vFRC)

APC SMT2200RM2U Rackmount UPS

  • Addon: APC9631 Network Management Card
  • Runtime: ~1 hour battery runtime @ ~500W load

Misc Hardware

  • Switch: Cisco SG500-28P (24 Port POE L3 Managed Switch)
  • Wireless: Unifi AP-AC Pro
  • Firewall: Cisco Meraki MX 64

Next post I’ll share some insight onto what I’m running on this hardware and various things on my list to throw up in the lab.

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