Home Lab Build: vSpecialistLabsv2 Overview

Now that I’ve moved jobs and consequently lost access to all the toys that constituted the original vSpecialistLabs, I am starting a rebuild project with vSpecialistLabsv2! This will be entirely hosted as a true ‘home lab’ (i.e. not in a DC), and will be the basis of my lab testing for the foreseeable future.

I wasn’t very dilligent in documenting my last lab (the original vSpecialistLabs), due to a little thing called my job! That’s the problem with labs based at a place of work – they tend to be used for active projects and development. The new vSpecialistLabsv2 is different though, as I will be using this not only for testing, reviewing and learning, but as a true sandbox environment that I can and will several times over build, burn then rebuild.

Also, in a change to the last vSpecialistLabs posts, I’m going to be less structured about how I document the lab, as I realised that saving up lots of information into a single post quickly becomes unmanageable and hence less likely to get done. That said, I will cover topics such as:

  • Lab Hardware
  • Lab Networking
  • Storage
  • Configuration
  • Testing Information
  • On-going Projects
Hopefully some will find this useful, if you are considering building a home lab to test or enhance your virtualisation skills – my aim of these posts is not just to document my own lab but to provide pointers to others so avoiding some of the common pitfalls. Enjoy! 

Jeremy loves all things technology! Has been in IT for years, loves Macs (but doesn't preach to others about their virtues), loves virtualization (and does shout about it's virtues), and sometimes skis, bikes and directs amateur plays!

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