Home Lab


I am documenting and sharing my home lab setup here. This is aimed to help anyone out there to get started on building their lab with white box components.

My first host was purchased in June 2012, and expanded to three in March 2013. As much as possible, I try to keep the configurations consistent.

{update in progress}

My home lab consists primarily of white box ESXi hosts. There are 2 of them, and 2 shared storage. The primary storage is Nexenta, and the secondary is a Synology DS412+ NAS. Connectivity is enabled by a pair of DLink Gigabit switches. There’s a 4 port Trendnet KVM to share the monitor, keyboard and mouse.

Let’s start with the hardware configuration.

ESXi Hosts – the 2 white boxes (literally)

Nexenta Storage – the black tower

Secondary / Backup Storage – the smaller black box in the photo

Network Switches – mounted upside down

  • 2 x Dlink DGS-1008A

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