My New Eco-Friendly VSAN Homelab

I’ve been busy as hell recently, building what is essentially my realistic dream lab. It’s beans on toast for a few months (years) but I love it.


Finished product-
(top to bottom)
Virgin Media Arris router in modem mode (200mbit)
Cisco SG300-28 switch
Startech cable management
2U blanking plate
Supermicro 502L-200B chassis, X7SPA-H mobo, 2GB RAM, 120GB Samsung Evo
Supermicro SC505-203B chassis, A1SRi-2758F mobo, 32GB RAM, 120GB Samsung Evo, 500GB WD Black (x2), LSI 9211-4i HBA
Synology RS214 NAS with 2TB WD Red (x2) in RAID 1
APC SmartUPS 750
12U Startech rack


Kenable C13 PDU
Kenable UK plug PDU

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Meraki MR18

My OH wasn’t too amused at the amount of time I spent on this, so got to name the VSAN DS


Operating systems
502L-200B houses a dedicated Untangle UTM
The three SC505-203B chassis run vSphere 6 in a DRS enabled, VSAN cluster
Synology NAS runs DSM 6 and provides TimeMachine directly to my MacBook, several small shares to the house and an iSCSI shared datastore to the vSphere cluster for logging, vCenter and other VMs I don’t want hogging VSAN resources

Virtual Machines
vRealize Operations Manager
vRealize Orchestrator
vSphere Management Assistant
vRealize Log Insight
LXD (x2, runs my home built HA web cluster with ELK Stack, HAProxy, Varnish, Nginx, MySQL, Postfix etc. Hosts WordPress, OwnCloud, Magento, Jira, Bitbucket and various other projects)
Ubuntu (torrent box with Kodi and Plex)
Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials
Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter (SQL Server, Exchange, Veeam, Hyper-V for testing AD etc)
Windows 7
Windows 8.1
Windows 10

The whole rack draws ~150 watts with ~60GHz compute power, 96GB RAM and 3.29TB useable space.

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