James Kane Problems And Success In Creating A Frugal Home Lab

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James Kane Problems And Success In Creating A Frugal Home Lab

  1. 1. Inexpensive Home Lab James Kane Mark Minasi Forum Meeting April 2009 Support Consultant - Strategic Thought Group
  2. 2. Introduction Creating an inexpensive home lab  About myself  Requirements  Challenge  My research  The server build  Advantages  Risks  Insights
  3. 3. About Myself  James Kane  I post on the Minasi forum as username chamezzzz  Member of the forum since 2002  Work for the Strategic Thought Group  Where I provide Technical Support and Administration
  4. 4. Requirements  Inexpensive – We are in a global recession  Scalable – The hardware can be expanded  Robust – Build a variety of environments  Replication – Especially problems encountered at my work place
  5. 5. Challenge  I wanted to use VMware ESXi  As I use this extensively in my workplace, however......  Supported hardware is expensive
  6. 6. My Research  Performed my research Google searches  Found the following website, which is the inspiration for this presentation  http://www.techhead.co.uk  Run by a New Zealander named Simon Seagrave  Who is based in London  He is also a VMware vExpert & VMware Certified Professional
  7. 7. Server Build  Hardware – HP Proliant ML115 Server – AMD 2.1GHz Opteron Quad Core – 1 x 1Gb NIC £150 – 8GB Kingston Memory (4 x 2GB) £135 – 2GB USB Memory Stick £5  Software – VMware ESXi Server £0 – WinRAR £21 – DD for Windows £0  Total Expenditure £311
  8. 8. Server Build  Process – Download VMWare ESXi iso image – Extract the Hypervisor using WinRAR – Write the Hypervisor to the USB drive using DD for Windows
  9. 9. Advantages  Scalable - add Network Cards, Layer 2 Switch and iSCSI storage  Cost - advantages of Enterprise Virtualization at reduced cost  Flexible - not constrained by 8GB Memory
  10. 10. Advantages
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  14. 14. Risks  Support – HP Proliant ML115 hardware is not supported by VMware  Redundancy – There is none in my presented setup and all of my eggs are in one basket  RAID – ML115 cannot use the onboard RAID to RAID more than 2 disks. – For disk redundancy a VMware ESXi supported controller such as the HP e200 controller is required (supports RAID 0,1 and 5) with SATA disks.
  15. 15. Insights  BIOS Settings – Set boot device to USB – Ensure to enable ‘Secure Virtual Machine Mode’  Direct Disk extraction requires attention  HP Insight Agents will not work on this server (they only work on the HP Proliant 300 series of servers and higher)

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