Homelab – Software & Hardware I use

Homelab Software & Hardware I use

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 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.

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 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.


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Software:

  • Windows 2016 Server
  • Windows 2019 Server
  • Windows 2022 Server
  • Vcenter 7.0
  • 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 Busines Premium
  • Affinity Photo 2
  • Affinity Designer 2
  • Camtasia 2022
  • Snagit 2023
  • Quickbooks Desktop 2019 (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. Plugins: FluentCRM, FluentForms, NinjaTable, WP Social Ninja
  7. SEO optimization: Outranking, NeuronWriter, Frase
  8. SEO off-page: Brand Overflow, Ubersuggest, Semrush free
  9. SEO Keyword Ranker: Serpple, SerpWatch, Nozzle
  10. Assistant Writer: Jasper, Go Charlie
  11. Analytics: Plerdy, Hubalz, Hexometer
  12. SEO off-page: Writzerzen, Ubersuggest, Semrush free
  13. Hosting: Sitegeround

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 anyways? 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.

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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 homelab hardware and software I use, 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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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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