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Homelab – Software & Hardware I use
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 essential that I use those tools daily. 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.
Whenever I order a server, even for a homelab, 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 totally worth the price.
- Intel NUC Dawson i5, 32GB Memory, 300GB SSD, 4TB SATA, ESXi 6.7
- Firewall Fortigate 60E
- 2 FortiAP 221E (Wireless Access Points)
- APC Back UPS RS 150
- 2 Cisco SG300-10PP POE Switch
- Synology NAS DS720+
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- Windows 2016 Server
- Windows 2019 Server
- Windows 2022 Server
- Vcenter 7.0
- Veeam Backup & Replication 12a
- Ubuntu 20.04 server/name server Apache, bind, MariaDB
- Windows 11, Edition Pro, and Enterprise
- ISPconfig (open source)
- Office 365 Busines Premium
- Affinity Photo 2
- Affinity Designer 2
- Camtasia 2022
- Snagit 2023
- Quickbooks Desktop 2019 (Windows and MAC)
- Glorify, ecommerce product image online design tool, design app
I use Glorify more for my creatives than Canva or VistaCreate
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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, 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 really a big deal since nobody is running their business on it!
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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).