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IT-Monkey Lab Hardware - end of 2017
« on: November 25, 2017, 11:54:37 AM »
I decided to create this topic about what hardware we use in our test lab her at IT-Monkey, after quite a few comments from people we have been in contact whit that they have no access to brand new hardware and that hardware is so expensive that they can not afford systems and lab equipment like what we have here. This is why I decided to share this list of what our lab hardware is and what our servers are made out of, and to showcase that you do not need the lates and greatest in a home-lab or test-lab at least not when you are starting out and want to learn as it was the goal for my home-lab when I first started out in 2010.


Physical Servers:
At this point in time we at IT-Monkey have 3 different DIY server in our lab-rack, these are:

1. Storage server, running FreeNAS 9.10.2-U6 This system was purpose build as a central storage server for my home office, home-lab and business, it is the only system that I have bought everything brand new from the retailer that sits in my server-rack.
2. Lab1-Server, hypervisor running VMWare ESXi 5.5
3. Lab2-Server, currently have no storage and OS, going to be used as a hypervisor standalone or cluster depending on software and pricing..
these are just generic names and not the actual names of the servers, for security reasons,

FreeNAS-Server Hardware:
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Chenbro RM23212 2U rackmount whit rails, 12-hotswap hdd bays
Motherboard: Supermicro X11SSL-F (MicroATX, Socket 1151. C232 Chipset and DDR4)
Processor: Intel Xenon E3-1245v5 4 Cores at 3.5Ghz
Memory: Crucial DDR4 ECC unreg 64Gb 2133Mhz KIT
Powersupply: SeaSonic 400w 80-Plus Bronze
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-L9x56
Raid Controller: LSI MegaRAID 9211-8 (Flashed to IT 20 Firmware)
NIC: Intel PRO 1000 PT (EXPI9404PT) 4-port
OS Drive: SanDisk Cruszer 32Gb
HDD 01: Seagate Ironwolf ST4000VN008 64MB 4TB
HDD 02: Seagate Ironwolf ST4000VN008 64MB 4TB
HDD 03: Seagate Ironwolf ST4000VN008 64MB 4TB
HDD 04: Seagate Ironwolf ST4000VN008 64MB 4TB
HDD 05: Seagate Ironwolf ST4000VN008 64MB 4TB
HDD 06: Seagate Ironwolf ST4000VN008 64MB 4TB
HDD 07: Seagate Ironwolf ST4000VN008 64MB 4TB
HDD 08: Seagate Ironwolf ST4000VN008 64MB 4TB
HDD 09: Western Digital Red WD40EFRX 64MB 4TB
HDD 10: Western Digital Red WD40EFRX 64MB 4TB
HDD 11: Western Digital Red WD40EFRX 64MB 4TB
HDD 12: Western Digital Red WD40EFRX 64MB 4TB
Fan 1: GELID Silent PRO 8 PWM
Fan 2: GELID Silent PRO 8 PWM
Fan 3: GELID Silent PRO 8 PWM

Note; This system was purpose build as a central storage server for my home office, home-lab and business, it is the only system that I have bought everything brand new from the retailer that sits in my server-rack.

Lab1-Server Hardware:
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Case: X-Case X255F 2U rackmount whit rails
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G45 LGA1155
Processor: Intel i7-3770 4-cors 3.40 GHz
Memory: Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600mhz 32Gb KIT
Powersupply: Corsair CX500M, 500w 80-Plus Bronze
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-L9x56
Raid Controller: LSI MegaRAID 9211-8 (Flashed to IT 20 Firmware)
NIC: Intel PRO 1000 PT (EXPI9404PT) 4-port
OS Drive: SanDisk Cruszer Fit 8Gb
Internal HDD 1: Intel 335 240Gb
Internal HDD 2: Intel 335 240Gb
Internal HDD 3: Western Digital Red WD30EFRX 64MB 3TB
Internal HDD 4: --
Fan 1: GELID Silent PRO 8 PWM
Fan 2: GELID Silent PRO 8 PWM
Fan 3: GELID Silent PRO 8 PWM

Note; Currently running VMWare ESXi 5.5 and a Windows 2012r2 DC network, thinking about changing hypervisor to something else

Lab2-Server Hardware:
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Case: X-Case X255F 2U rackmount whit rails
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3 LGA1155
Processor: Intel i7-3770 4-cors 3.40 GHz
Memory 1: Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600mhz 16Gb KIT
Memory 2: Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600mhz 8Gb KIT
Powersupply: Andersson Mission SG GGP 550w 80-Plus
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-L9x56
Raid Controller: LSI MegaRAID 9211-8 (Flashed to IT 20 Firmware)
NIC: Intel PRO 1000 PT (EXPI9404PT) 4-port
OS Drive: SanDisk Cruszer Fit 8Gb
Internal HDD 1: --
Internal HDD 2: --
Internal HDD 3: --
Internal HDD 4: --
Fan 1: GELID Silent PRO 8 PWM
Fan 2: GELID Silent PRO 8 PWM
Fan 3: GELID Silent PRO 8 PWM

Note; Server has no storage, server is currently being used as a bench testing server, has support for mSATA SSD, thinking about a hypervisor cluster, not sure what OS to use

As you can see both Lab1 and Lab2 server is built out of old consumer grade hardware and have prior to us getting them been used as gaming machines, where we simply refurbished the motherboard and CPU's moved it to a rack-mount case and added appropriate sized coolers and some other spare parts that we had laying around and most of those are not needed to run a basic test-lab.

Network:
As for our network we do not have very much hardware at all and you really do not need much besides a good Managed Switch whit enough ports to connect it together

For our lab we currently have the following networking equipment:
1. ISP Modem
2. SG-4860 pfSense Firewall
3. Cisco SB SG200-26p Switch

As you know there is no internet connectivity whiteout the ISP and their Modem, then there is the pfSense SG-4860 appliance we use this to separate home network, lab network and office network, then it is the Cisco Switch not much to it plug it in and connect devices to it.

As I am writing this post I am about to redo some of my lab setup so if there is intrest for it I can make a post about setting up your own home-lab from scratch whit more detailed information on how everything is interconnected whit each other