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Create cost-effective home lab with Dell PowerEdge T110

  • 1.  Create cost-effective home lab with Dell PowerEdge T110

    Posted Oct 18, 2014 05:27 AM

    Hi community,

    Want to create a home lab that's not too expensive. I've Dell PowerEdge T110 server with below specs and was after ideas so that I can install ESXi, vCenter server and few VM's on top. I am also looking to create datastores and RAID if possible using below resources.

    Specs:

    Processor: 1 Quad Core Intel Xeon 3430 processor

    Memory: 4 X 4GB=16GB on 4 DIMM slots. DDR3 1333MHz

    Storage drives: Hard Drive 3.5" SATA (7200RPM): 3X250GB (Total 750GB) Enterprise Class HDD. One drive bay is empty.

    DVD ROM drive

    Slots: 4 PCIe G2 slots

    Network: Single network adapter 1GB

    RAID controller: Internal PERC S100 software controller. No hardware controller.

    Video Card: Matrox G200eW w/8MB memory

    Few USB and one eSATA port available.

    I've checked on VMware compatibility guide and this server is compatible for ESXi 5.5 install.

    Looking for ideas so that I can utilise this hardware effectively and efficiently. OK to spend few more $$ so that I can install and practise stuff..

    cheers,