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    Who's got a home lab? Hp Microserver?

    Im at the point where I want to move all my "testing" machines off my imac and onto a dedicated server.
    Do any of you have a home lab for testing / studying with?

    Im toying with the idea of getting a Microserver, installing 8GB RAM and ESXI to get some client server testing going.

    I also need a file server to act as a backup for my imac so thinking of the following

    ESXI
    VM WHS for backing up my imac
    2 VM Server 2008R2
    2 VM Client OS's (probably W7)

    Would this work on the microserver? The bottle neck im guessing will be the CPU. The only server with any substantial load on it would be the WHS as its backing up the imac. But backups wouldnt be run at the same time as im working on the other virtual machines...

    any thoughts?

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    ive had mine (older version) running 08r2 host and win7 vm with 3gb of ram (and one in a school same) and its usable

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    I use an old laptop with a bust screen as my home server. They use very little power and have battery backup. Mine is plugged into 7 1tb usb drives. The laptop uses 11Watts of power + each USB at 1W in standby. At nearly 20p / KWh now it's something to look at.

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    I bought a MicroServer (the first generation). Ideally wanted another ML115 G5 Quad Core but HP stopped making them. It's soooo quite it's in my bedroom. Haven't had much problem. Had the Microserver for over a year now.

    RAM is cheap, stick the ESXi on an internal USB stick, put some HDD's in and it's ok for a cheap LAB environment or home server. If you backup during the weekdays while your'e not at home don't think the backup would be a problem.

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    I have a home Data Center with a HP DL580 in with 8 GB RAM which is hosting my web domain, looking for a new switch to stick in there for gigabit! It's served me well my DC has Cisco & Juniper routers in there for education purposes!

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    ML115 running ESXi for VMs, Microserver for NFS mounts and general file storage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cpjitservices View Post
    I have a home Data Center with a HP DL580 in with 8 GB RAM which is hosting my web domain, looking for a new switch to stick in there for gigabit! It's served me well my DC has Cisco & Juniper routers in there for education purposes!
    And I thought I had an interesting home network :-D .

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    I've turned my microserver into a HTPC. 5GB RAM, 2008R2 Standard, ATI 5450 w/HDMI out. Serves up media but also acts as a home lab server just to play with things. Useful for RDP as well.

    Davit2005, how quiet is yours? Mine is in my bedroom and loud enough to notice it at night.

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    i have mine (n36l) with whs 2011 on connected via lan to my tv to serve videos. the cpu seems to get blitz, am thinking of putting a linux distro on to test with, and may look at esxi on the pen drive for some fun.

    my experience is, get as much cpu power as u can for your ú

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    Quote Originally Posted by crutchfieldj View Post
    Davit2005, how quiet is yours? Mine is in my bedroom and loud enough to notice it at night.
    Can hear it vaguely, It isn't sleep disturbing (but maybe that's jus me after a few beers) :-D

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamin100 View Post
    Do any of you have a home lab for testing / studying with?
    We live in a one-bedroom flat with an open-plan living room / kitchen, so I had to get something small and quiet. I ended up getting a Tranquil PC machine - completly passivly cooled, Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM. Storage is via two external eSATA drives configured as a RAID-1 array. It runs half a dozen or so virtual machines with no problem, including a Windows Server 2003 domain controller, a Windows XP workstation for remote access and assorted Linux VMs. It also acts as a router for the ADSL connection. For running virtual machines, disk I/O speed and available RAM are more likely to be limiting factors than raw processing power.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davit2005 View Post
    Can hear it vaguely, It isn't sleep disturbing (but maybe that's jus me after a few beers) :-D
    Id be more worried about the over bright front light. Ive managed to shove it out the way but is way bright

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    Quote Originally Posted by sted View Post
    Id be more worried about the over bright front light. Ive managed to shove it out the way but is way bright
    you could always use the 2p 'mod' as found here: tmp :: c3fada17.jpg picture by darryn_pmr - Photobucket (not my picture)

    Not the best solution, but it does the job.
    Last edited by computer_expert; 23rd March 2012 at 08:27 PM.

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    I have 2 HP Microservers 8 gig ram extra NIC running a hyper-v failover cluster. I use a QNAP box for backup and for ISCSI targets. Not a cheap setup but a lot easier to work with than a virtual setup within a virtual setup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by computer_expert View Post
    you could always use the 2p 'mod' as found here: tmp :: c3fada17.jpg picture by darryn_pmr - Photobucket (not my picture)

    Not the best solution, but it does the job.
    I solved it removed the led from its holder nd shoved it down side of case but it is bright enough to light a room lol why firms think you need a pwr light that bright is beyond me

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