Homelab – software and hardware I use

Homelab

Introduction

Today, I’d like to tell you about some of the hardware and software I use in my homelab to stay up to date. Since my clients often ask me for recommendations on hardware and software, I find it important that I use those tools on a daily basis. Practice what you preach! Also, it is vital in the IT field to constantly stay informed about emerging trends, new technology and the pros and cons.

My Homelab

Hardware:

Poweredge T440

Homelab  Software Hardware
Specification
  • Intel(R) Xeon(R) Silver 4214R CPU @ 2.40GHz
  • 128GB RAM
  • 2x SD cards
  • 2x 1TB SSD Disks
  • 3x 4TB SAS
  • iDRAC 8 Enterprise,

Software:

  • Windows 2016 Server
  • Windows 2019 Server
  • Vcenter 7.0
  • Veeam Backup & Replication 10.0
  • FreePBX
  • Ubuntu 18.04 server/name server Apache, bind, MariaDB
  • Ubuntu 18.04 desktop
  • Windows 10, Edition Pro, and Enterprise
  • ISPconfig (open source)
  • Office 365 Busines Premium
  • Corel Draw Home & Student X7
  • Affinity Photo
  • Affinity Designer
  • Camtasia 2020
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 2020
  • Quickbooks Desktop 2019 (Windows and MAC)
  • Quicken
  • Glorify, ecommerce product image online design tool, design app

My WordPress toolbox

Some thoughts

To stay up to date with the homelab hardware and software I use, I’ve decided to blog about what I use and how it has helped me.

That being said, homelabs are definitely worth investing in if you want to learn more about virtualization, networking, storage, and clustering or just get your feet wet with some home projects like playing around with applications. I also host my WordPress website at home with my Dell Poweredge server.

Homelabs provide a place where everyone can play around with different configurations without actually affecting real-life production. If homelab hardware breaks or fails, it’s not really a big deal since nobody is running their business on it!

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  1. Shenoda

    oVirt (RHV) is another enterprise-grade solution that uses KVM as the hypervisor. Just because it’s enterprise doesn’t mean you can’t use it at home. oVirt offers a powerful web interface and an API and can handle hundreds of nodes (if you are running that many servers, I don’t want to be your neighbor!). The potential problem with oVirt for a home lab is that it requires a minimum set of nodes: You’ll need one external storage, such as a NAS, and at least two additional virtualization nodes (you can run it just on one, but you’ll run into problems in maintenance of your environment).

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