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How to setup Home Lab Servers - Need Suggestions

by nandukamal / April 2, 2015 1:36 AM PDT

Hi Experts,

I would like to setup Home Lab Server to host multiple VMs for various business/personal purpose.
I see ,there are lots of articles of setting up ESXi Home Lab Server. But , Am not a expert in buying hardware and assembling them nicely. but i dont mind give a try.

I need suggestions to understand the best method to setup home lab server
I see following couple of options, but not sure which one is cost effective and reliable/expandable for future purpose

1. Buy Hardware and Setup Home Lab of your own

Reference 1 : ESXi Home Lab

2. Buy Desktop Servers from DELL/LENOVO/HP

Reference 1: Lenovo ThinkPad Servers

Could somebody help me for best & easy method to setup this home lab server?

Thanks in advance

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How about half that budget? It's for home lab, not shop/biz
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 2, 2015 1:53 AM PDT
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It looks ok, looking for more reliable / higher bandwidth
by nandukamal / April 2, 2015 2:52 PM PDT

Thanks Bob.
Hak5 looks good, however it doesnt seems to fit my requirement for high load server as am specifically looking for 32 or 64G RAM or more to run ESXi to host multiple VMs
I would be running some exhaustive Database/Applications on these VMs, so, looking for better configuration.
I will dig deep on your suggestion and see if i get any further options.
Meanwhile, if you could find any other better solution, please share so.

Thanks again

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Same idea.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 3, 2015 3:49 AM PDT

Just put in motherboards that hold that much RAM. I see you may have missed the idea of what our hero was doing.

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