Home Lab Upgrades - Part 1

Home Lab vSphere

Published on 29 January 2016 by Christopher Lewis. Words: 135. Reading Time: 1 mins.

I have finally taken the first steps in upgrading my home lab and over the next few posts I’ll go through what I have purchased. I have started with just a single host so I can check all the components, some of which are not the on the official VMware HCL, actually work.

At a high level this includes:


  • 1 x Supermicro X11SSH-LN4F Motherboard
  • 1 x Intel Xeon E3 1275 V5 “skylake” (4C/8T)
  • 4 x 16GB Crucial DDR4 EUDIMM
  • 1 x Samsung 850 EVO 250GB SSD (M.2)
  • 1 x 400W Fanless PSU
  • 1 x Micro ATX Cube Case


  • 1 x Cisco SG200-20


  • An Additional 2 x 3TB WD Red SAN drives for my Synology 1815+ NAS for NFS/iSCSI

If everything works together for the host, I’ll be quickly buying a second host.

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