Continuing on our series on my Home lab we now move into present day. Well…. a few months ago at least. As I mentioned in my previous post about my Razor Blade 15, I used that as my home lab until I was able to procure parts for my current hyper converged VMware Home Lab.
Below is my part list for The Beast:
- CPU: AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1920X
- Motherboard: GIGABYTE X399 AORUS PRO
- CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U12S TR4-SP3
- VM Storage: Toshiba N300 6TB NAS 3.5-Inch Internal Hard Drive
- Memory: (128 GB) Viper Steel Series DDR4 32GB
- Boot and SD Storage: Samsung (MZ-V7E1T0BW) 970 EVO SSD 1TB
- Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 1000 G+, 80 Plus Gold
- Video Card: ZOTAC Gaming GeForce GTX 1660
- Case: Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-DELTA RGB Mid-Tower ATX Gaming Case, Tempered Glass
Once all the parts came in I managed to get it all hooked up relatively quickly and without issue. I must admit that this is the first time I have ever used a Noctua Cooler, but it is whisper quiet, and nowhere near as expensive as I thought it would be.
So moving away from the hardware I then installed Window 10 and after 4 hours or so of Windows updates I was finally able to install VMware Workstation Pro 15. Well, almost…. it turns out that Virtualization Support was not enabled by default. But I can get into that at a later time. I then built out a Domain Controller (another 4 hours of Windows Updates) and 3 Virtual hosts (no Windows Updates). Once the hosts were built I then deployed a VCSA appliance.
Now I think I have everything I will need to play with VMware Products. That is until I remembered I don’t have Shared Storage for my Virtual hosts. What ever will I do?!
Stay tuned for my next post in this series, especially if you are looking to build a home lab on the cheap.
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