Tag : Home Lab

Written by Christopher Lewis on April 25, 2016 .

As part of my VMware home lab setup I wanted to be able to run a PowerCLI/PowerShell script to Power On/Off my hosts as required. The first objective was being able to power the hosts on using their IPMI interfaces. Thankfully the Microsoft PowerShell has something that does the job quite nicely called Physical Computer System View (PCSV) Device Cmdlets. Using Get-PcsvDevice Using the Get-PcsvDevice command interactively will require you to provide an IP Address/Hostname, a protocol (such as IPMI) and a set of credentials.

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Written by Christopher Lewis on February 9, 2016 .

Ok so the bits and bobs have started to arrive and I have put together one of the hosts and after a little work, I now have one host up and running with he following: The components in ESX-Host-1 are:- 1 x SuperMicro MBD-X11SH-LN4F-0 Motherboard (4 x 1GbE, 64GB, Socket 1151, M.2 PCIe, IMPI 2.0, 8 x SATA3) I chose this motherboard for multiple reasons; a) the 4 x 1GbE network ports mean that I don’t need a separate card, b) IPMI means i can remote controller the server to build it once plugged in c) supports 64GB RAM, d) its MicroATX so i can build it into a small case!

Home Lab

Written by Christopher Lewis on January 29, 2016 .

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: Compute 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.

Home Lab