Add this to the long list of folks who blog about their home labs, but here is the config I just ordered. Once everything is in place I will post final specs and cost. Fortunately as a vExpert I have a year worth of VMware licenses. I also have access to some EMC virtual appliance licenses which will definitely make it in for testing to add to blog material and my education.
So here is the list of gear I am waiting to be delivered, (all gear is ordered from Amazon)
3 x Dell 1950 2xe5440 Quad Core 2.83ghz Processor 16gb RAM Raidperc 6i $210.00
Condition: Used – VeryGood
6 x C2G / Cables to Go 24240 18 AWG Universal Power Cord (NEMA 5-15P to IEC320C13) Black (1 Foot/0.30 Meters) $2.95
9U Wallmount Cabinet Enclosure IT Server Network Rack Glass Door Locking Casters $184.50
4 x WD Red 1 TB NAS Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, SATA III, 64 MB Cache – WD10EFRX $69.99
2 x Cable Matters 5-Pack, Cat6 Snagless Ethernet Patch Cable in Blue 3 Feet $10.99
Cisco SG200-26 Gigabit Ethernet Smart Switch with 24 10/100/1000 Ports and 2 Combo Mini-GBIC Ports (SLM2024T) $279.99
ViewSonic VA2246M-LED 22-Inch LED-Lit Monitor $109.99
CyberPower CP1500AVRLCD Intelligent LCD UPS 1500VA 900W AVR Mini-Tower $149.99
Synology DiskStation 4-Bay (Diskless) Network Attached Storage DS413 $423.49
Once I get everything in and I know I don’t need any more hardware I will be ordering rails to mount the servers. The server config I believe is solid but you only know as much as the description when buying reconditioned gear.
Stay tuned for more on the home lab moving forward.