Edy's Tech Blog Homelab

Introduction

Hello, everyone! Today, I’m thrilled to pull back the curtain and give you an insider’s look into my homelab setup. You see, I often get bombarded with questions from clients, friends, and fellow tech enthusiasts about the hardware and software I rely on to keep my workflow smooth and efficient. So, I thought, why not share my go-to tools and gadgets with you all?

The mantra “Practice what you preach” couldn’t be more relevant here. I firmly believe that to offer credible advice, you need to have hands-on experience with the tools you recommend. That’s why everything I’m about to share is part of my daily routine, rigorously tested to meet my high standards.

But it’s not just about what works for me; it’s about staying ahead of the curve. In the ever-evolving landscape of IT, complacency is your worst enemy. Keeping abreast of emerging trends, groundbreaking technologies, and the latest pros and cons is not just a hobby—it’s a necessity. So, let’s dive in and explore the software and hardware that not only power my workflow but also keep me at the forefront of the IT game.

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,

Whenever I order a server, even for a home lab, I ensure it can be managed remotely. I have used IDrac, HP ILO, and Supermicro IPMI. They are all great features that allow me to manage my servers remotely. Idrac is my favorite because it supports HTML5. HP ILO and Supermicro IPMI are also great, but Idrac is the best. It costs some extra money, but it is worth the price.


A plea

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Software:

  • Windows 2016 Server
  • Windows 2019 Server
  • Windows 2022 Server
  • Vcenter 8.0
  • Veeam Backup & Replication 12a
  • FreePBX
  • Ubuntu 20.04 server/name server Apache, bind, MariaDB
  • Windows 11, Edition Pro, and Enterprise
  • ISPconfig (open source)
  • Office 365 Business Premium
  • Affinity Photo 2
  • Affinity Designer 2
  • Camtasia 2023
  • Snagit 2024
  • Quickbooks Premium Plus 2024 (Windows and MAC)
  • Quicken
  • Glorify, ecommerce product image online design tool, design app
    I use Glorify more for my creatives than Canva or VistaCreate
  • Canva
  • VistaCreate

My WordPress toolbox

  1. Page builder: Elementor, Divi,
  2. Gutenberg: Kadence Blocks, Stackable
  3. Theme: Kadence, Blocksy, Astra Pro
  4. Security: iThemes Pro
  5. SEO on page: Rank Math Pro
  6. SEO optimization: Outranking, NeuronWriter, Frase
  7. SEO off-page: Ubersuggest, Semrush free
  8. SEO Keyword Ranker: Serpple, SerpWatch, Nozzle
  9. Assistant Writer: Jasper, Go Charlie
  10. Analytics: Plerdy, Hubalz, Hexometer
  11. SEO off-page: Writerzen, Ubersuggest, Semrush free
  12. Hosting: SiteGround

SEO is my hobby

I love to optimize my blogs to get a better chance to rank on the 1st page on Google. Who doesn’t want their website to be on the first page of Google anyway? It’s like a dream come true when your website appears on the first page of any search engine. My best tool is Outranking, and I use it for all of my projects.

Outranking is the best tool for optimizing your website to get a higher ranking on any search engine. It gives you an edge over your competition by helping you identify and fix any issues that may be holding your website from getting the top spot. With Outranking, you can quickly and easily improve your website’s ranking on any search engine.

Do you have any tips on how to get better rankings? Let me know in the comments below!


Some thoughts

To stay updated with the home lab hardware and software, I’ve decided to blog about what I use and how it has helped me.

Home labs are worth investing in if you want to learn more about virtualization, networking, storage, and clustering or get your feet wet with home projects like playing around with applications. I also host my WordPress website at home with my Dell PowerEdge server.

Home labs allow everyone to play around with different configurations without affecting real-life production. If homelab hardware breaks or fails, it’s not a big deal since nobody runs their business on it!

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Homelab Server Rack: What to consider and what I recommend

If you’re like me, you love playing with technology. A homelab is a great way to learn new technologies and test ideas. But what’s the best way to set up your home lab? This article will discuss the available homelab racks and what works best for a home lab. I will also recommend some products…

Before you go …

Hey, thanks for sticking around till the end! If you found this rundown of the software and hardware that powers my workflow enjoyable, you’ll love my other post on the “Best Server for Home Lab.” Trust me, if you’re into homelabbing like I am, you won’t want to miss it. I dive deep into what makes a server great for a home setup, and I’ve got some killer recommendations for you. Check it out here!

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One Comment

  1. 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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