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Building a Home IT Laboratory

Written by Denis Stadler on . Posted in Tech

At the beginning of November I decided to buy a HP ML 110 G6 Server, in order to build an entire virtual infrastructure on it. So, I ordered it from Amazon Germany (the same product was at least 200 Euros more expensive in Finland) and I received it on the 20th of November. The HP ML 110 G6 server has the following characteristics: 1 Intel Xeon 3430 Processor, 250 GB HDD SATA 7200rpm, replaced the standard memory of 1 GB with 2 kits 2*4 GB form Kingston which gives me a total memory of 16 GB.

Now the next challenge was to decide between installing Windows Server 2008 R2 as OS and add Hyper V as a role on it or using a raw hypervisor (Hyper V or ESXi). I have decided to go for the raw hypervisor mainly because I want to use in a very efficient way all the resources available. The next milestone was licensing. Hyper V as hypervisor is free (anyway I have the Technet NFR subscription as Microsoft Certified Trainer benefit) but I didn’t know anything about ESXi a.k.a Download VMware vSphere. After some researching I found out that it can be downloaded from VMware, so the license was not a problem anymore.

Now the next question: which to use? Considering that I didn’t have much experience with ESXi and the fact that it can be used to create Virtual Machines which run other OS the Windows (here Hyper V has some limitations) I have chosen ESXi.

In a business Environment things may be different. There is the Licensing Question which generates a lot of expenses. Microsoft provides a big advantage by offering the possibility of creating 4 Windows Server Virtual Machines using the Host’s license if you have Windows Enterprise on the host, and the number becomes unlimited if you have Windows Datacenter Edition. The details about the licensing can be found here.

Now, the infrastructure that I have implemented on it is presented in the following picture.


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