One mans perpetual headache in the land of data centre automation


My name is Lee. I'm a Technical Architect based in the UK. I specialise in cloud, containers and automation technologies, but will and often do turn my hand to pretty much anything in the data centre arena.

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  1. Abdala Bechara

    Hi Lee,
    I have to confess, that I have spent countless hours trying to find the right post and solution for building my Home Lab. Your post’s and explanation were very clear and made lot of sense to me as I’m also a consultant in a different arena Mobile Device Design/Management and Implementation and as such I have keep my edge. My question is have you made any updates to your hardware list and configuration since you first posted the article. I’m on the process of building the shopping list and would like to have the latest but do not want to go over and I’m not drinking at the time of this note 🙂 .
    Thank you, in advance Lee and look forward to your response.

    • Lee Harris

      Hi Al,

      Well you’ll no doubt make better choices than me due to your judgement not being clouded by alcohol 😉

      That said, I haven’t updated the kit list since I did the original build. The only changes I’ve made was to add an additional 8GB of memory to the NAS host, taking it up to 16GB total as I decided I wanted to run it as a third vSphere ESXi host and virtualise the NAS platform.

      I think the general principals by which I determined this kit list still stand however. Motherboards that support 64GB of RAM are the way to go. Multiple 1Gbps NICs are also really the only option for connectivity, 10GbE is still way too expensive as is Infiniband.

      Good luck with your lab build.


  2. Michael Brearley

    Hi Lee,
    Stumbled across your blog in a search to try to improve my home network. I too suffer with VM 70mbps connection from time to time to the point where I got so frustrated that I installed a digital timer to reset my Super Hub every night automatically :-S Now I’m struggling to get a good connection at one of the D-Link powerline points for online gaming.

    Do you have any suggestions about how to configure the VM Super Hub 2 to get the best out of it? The only thing I was hoping to keep going was the wifi but am willing to try anything else, separate DHCP or DNS on a Raspberry Pi etc. I researched traffic shaping and QoS but failed to find a decent solution.



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