To expand my IT knowledge I’ve decided to build myself a homelab, where i’ll be able to test solutions i want to learn. The main objective was to get flexible environment not spending much money both on hardware and energy bills.
The homelab is based on two servers.
First, main one, working 24/7 is equipped with:
Motherboard MSI AM1L
Processor AMD APU 5150 (4×1.6GHz, 25W TDP)
RAM DDR3 16GB
RAID DELL Perc 6i controller
HDD 2xWD RED WD20EFRX in RAID1 mode
Server is working with XCP-NG 8.
Second, backup – is used from time to time to backup main one.
Motherboard Asrock A55M-HVS
Processor AMD A8 3800
RAM DDR3 4GB
RAID DELL PERC H310 controller (flashed to LSI8211-8i)
HDD 4xHGST 3TB in RAID 1+0 mode
RAID controller has been chosen to handle 3TB drives that i bought – it’s the cheapest one which could work with drives larger than 2TB. It had to be flashed to LSI8211-8i firmware because hypervisor had no drivers for DELL firmware.
It’s also working with XCP-NG 8.