But what do you want out of a lab? Do you want to test new software, create disposable environments, run a permanent infrastructure? I guess its really up to and your budget. For me its important to test new software, do early investigation before I approach work and study. Do I need permanent running infrastructure? Not really. I prefer nested a ESX solution. It suits me and my budget. However there are many instances when you would want a “physical” lab, Consultants for a start.
Anyway, I have only three bits of kit that are really important to creating my home lab.
- One second hand laptop (Main work horse).
- One small netgear switch (TP-LINK TL-SG108E)
- One Lenovo S20 (ESXi – Booted from USB)
The whole lab runs several Nested VM’s. Usually three ESX servers, VSAN, one VCSA and a DC. However it has run four ESX Servers, two windows servers with vCenter and SRM, and two Netapp simulators.
In the next post I’ll step through setting up a nested virtual lab.