Well, I, like most serious virtualization professionals, am taking the plunge into building a home lab. I’ve gathered pieces for the past few months from various sources and am now in a position to start. I decided what better place to chronicle my journey.
Let’s start with the inventory:
- 2 HP ML350 G5 /w 14GB RAM – ESXi 4.1 Host
- 2 HP DL380 G4 /w 6GB RAM – iSCSI Shared Storage
- Cisco 3550 XL 48p Switch – Loaded with Router Code
- Cisco ASA5505
Some would say overboard, but I also plan on using it for infrastructure at my house, and hosting of some personal websites.
Here is a list of VMs I plan to run:
- Windows 2008 R2 – vCenter 4.1
- Windows 2008 R2 – DC, DHCP, DNS
- Windows 2008 R2 – File/Media Server
- Windows 2008 R2 – SQL Server
- Windows 2008 R2 – Exchange 2010 Server
- Windows 2008 R2 – IIS/Web Server
I’m sure this list will grow as I look to master new technologies, but for now I think this is a good start. As soon as I get the lab up and running, I’ll post again and take a few pictures as well. Things are still in the design and planning phase so if you have any advice or recommendations, please feel free to share them.
I went through and corrected some of the server models as I had mistyped them. I also swapped out my 3500XL for a 3550XL so I could load router code on it and handle my Layer 3 traffic on one device and not melt my Linksys.
As a company who is an HP Shop for all of our servers in the datacenter, its nice to have a few good tools to make the day easier. I wanted to share some of these tools with you all, so that it may help benefit some of you.
The first is useful for P2Vs of HP systems. Its a free tool created by Guillermo Musumeci and is designed to remove HP Products such as the Array Config Utility and Insight Management agents installed by the HP PSPs. Since this is a major part of the cleanup of a VM after a P2V, its nice to have a tool that automates it completely.
It can be downloaded HERE.
The second tool is a vCenter plugin called HP Insight Control for VMware vCenter. As you can gather from the name, these are plugins that pump management capabilities straight into vCenter as to keep you from having to jump around to multiple consoles to manage your HP ESX host. Features include in depth monitoring, remote control and power optimization straight from vCenter. If you run HP systems, its definately a great addition for vCenter, as it allows you to combine your management view over both your virtual and physical environments from one console.
It can be found HERE.
These are both great examples of tools available to help manage your HP Environment when it comes to VMware. Feel free to offer up anymore suggestions with a comment.