Lab

I have a large computer and networking home lab where I keep my technical skills sharp and play with new ideas. I use this for most of my engineering projects, getting hands on on new learning opportunities, and some interesting home automation ideas.  

Here are just some of the hardware and projects I have in there today:

Physical Hardware

  • 4 ESXi White box Servers- each with 4-8 cores, 16-32 GB memory, 1-3 TB local storage
  • NetGear 104 NAS Server, 9 TB storage
  • QNAP TS-459 NAS Server, 9 TB storage
  • Ubiquiti routers (2)
  • Dell 5248 GB Smart Switch
  • Dell 5224 GB Smart Switch
  • Dell 5324 GB Smart Switch
  • 3 Cisco 2500 Series Routers
  • Cisco 1700 and 2600 Routers
  • Several Raspberry Pi’s
  • Several Win 10 Laptops and desktops along with Macs and Linux servers

Virtual Devices

  • Windows servers (2008, 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2, 2016)
  • Linux (Ubuntu, SUSE, Puppy, CentOS)
  • VMware ESXi Servers (5.1, 5.5, 6.0, 6.5)
  • VMware vCenter, vRA, Log Insight, VUM, NSX
  • Windows Active Directory, DNS
  • Nagios
  • Cacti
  • MS SQL
  • Syslog, NTP

Virtual devices change weekly.  I use trial versions of all software and rebuild things often.

I am also playing with Azure and AWS and linking those networks with my own. Since my goal is to keep the costs down, I am limiting what public cloud devices I run and only have a budget of about $100 in my public cloud resources.

Programming

I have written several hundred scripts and small programs over the years and in the process of organizing them in one place. I have 4 GitHub libraries, a OneDrive, and several archives that I need to go through. I plan to remove anything old, no longer needed, or out-dated and move the rest to my public GitHub repository.

I plan to move my 3 IBM private GitHub libraries to my private GitHub Site. Let me know if you have any questions on any of them