Building a Home Lab – Part 3 – Benefits

It’s been a while since I made a post due to school and work, but I definitely wanted to finish the last part revolving around the benefits of building a home lab. Previously in Part 1, I talked about the history and hardware requirements to make a home lab. In Part 2, I talked about the design/functionality of a home lab, and now I will be talking about some of the overall benefits with running your own home lab. This post will be a bit wordy and contain a larger number of images to represent some of the technologies I have setup in my home lab environment.

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Building a Home Lab – Part 2 – Functionality

In a previous post “Building a Home Lab – Part 1 – Hardware” I talked about why I believe IT professionals benefit from having their own home lab environments. I also talked about the evolution of my home lab from multiple physical servers down to a single physical hypervisor. This single server would run virtual servers as needed and would no longer require expensive switches or complex network storage solutions. Continue reading

Building a Home Lab – Part 1 – Hardware

A personal goal of mine has been to try to educate myself as much as possible in all common enterprise technologies. I also believe that I am not alone when I say “building a home lab is what many IT professionals do to improve their skills and get some needed practice with common enterprise technologies”. In the past I have gone through several lab designs, but with the way technology is changing I found myself trying to virtualize as much as possible. Continue reading