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ESXi 6.0 PXE INSTALL WITH RASPBERRY PI

My old Raspberry Pi's power supply blew up and took the SD card with it. So, I thought, what better excuse do I need to fork out for a brand new Raspberry Pi 2? And that's exactly what I did; bought a Rpi 2 starter kit from Amazon! After setting up my new Pi to perform the same functions as the old one (DHCP/DNS, VPN Server, Remote Wake-On-LAN etc). I decided to see if it was possible to use it as a PXE server to perform network installations of ESXi 6.0. Spoiler alert -- it is!

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HOME LAB BUILD: PART 11 – VSPHERE SETUP

vcenter-logoIn the Home Lab Build series so far we've built the physical machines, configured the physical networking, setup a NAS and configured storage, created some VLANs, turned on Jumbo Frame support and configured an LACP trunk for huge bandwidth for iSCSI. Now comes the interesting part, the setup of the virtual infrastructure. Yay!

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HOME LAB BUILD: PART 10 – CONFIGURING XPENOLOGY STORAGE

storage_5The next step is to  configure the storage within Synology DSM. To do this, login to the web interface at http://:5000 and go to Storage Manager from the Main Menu at the top left of the screen.

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HOME LAB BUILD – PART 6: HIDING THE NOISY SWITCH

Snoring man - couple in bedAs the new lab build features three servers each with five gigabit NICs my trusty old 8-port Netgear hub wasn't going to cut the mustard any more. I needed a serious switch for serious people...but the bloody thing is so loud!

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HOME LAB BUILD – PART 5: PHYSICAL SERVER BUILD

screwdriverIf there's one thing that the Internet is not short of, it's tutorials on how to build your own PC. Hopefully, one more isn't going to hurt...

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HOME LAB BUILD – PART 4: DESIGN

Finally everything turned up. A few modifications were made along the way due to stock availability and other issues. The total price went up from around £2600 to £2800 by the time various changes had been made. The kit list linked in the previous post has all of the amendments on it, and is actually the final item list as it stands now. The kit I ordered in the end was specific to the rough design I had in mind...

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HOME LAB BUILD – PART 3: KIT LIST

amazon-delivery-box-pile Once I had a handle on the requirements it was time to begin investigating suitable kit to buy. Two resources I found invaluable for this purpose were the website uk.pcpartpicker.com and the experience and advice of my colleague Jonathan who had recently built his own home lab.

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HOME LAB BUILD – PART 2: REQUIREMENTS

face-sandLeading up to my splurge on equipment for a home lab and the subsequent post-purchase justification, I had already been thinking for a long time about what requirements any solution I decided to build must meet.

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HOME LAB BUILD – PART 1: JUSTIFICATION

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After months of indecision about whether or not to invest in some dedicated equipment for a home lab, I finally made the fatal mistake of having a few beers in the vicinity of both my computer and my credit card. The result of this is that I'm currently sitting on about a £2,600 credit card bill.

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