HomeLab - Few n40l micros or one beast?
Between random playthings, coding, and learning for exams/courses been thinking about setting up a full time test lab rather than using VMs on my pc.
Can't decide between a couple of HP n40l microservers, or one "proper" server. Will be running free version of esxi as the base system for the virtual side at least.
Advantages of HPs:
Multiple machines to play with things like one real dc, one client, one server. (Guess I'd still need a physical dc/client to connect to esxi etc)
"Overall" more storage/RAM/processor to use compared to single server
Easy to upgrade/play
Cheap (£150~ after cashback + RAM)
Advantages of beast:
More storage/RAM/processor options to give to a single VM, as and when needed
Better options like Xeon processors, hardware raid etc.
Better warranty/more support for new models
Can see the benefits in both, but can't really pick anything that would "really" sway me, so looking for thoughts/opinions :)
(Trying to stay away from ebay/2nd handers, as no doubt I'll just get things working then it'll break :) and also prefer towers to rack as easier to find space!)