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HP Gen10 Microserver Cashback

In an unexpected move, HPE have announced that they are extending their fantastic Microserver Cashback scheme to include the brand new entry level AMD X3216 powered Gen10 Microserver. The entry level Gen10 Microserver currently retails £179+VAT (£220 inc VAT and delivery) via my preferred (non-sponsoring) retailer, ServersPlus and once you…

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Gigabyte Brix GB-BPCE-3350C HomeLab Review

Gigabyte Brix GB-BPCE-3350C HomeLab Review

After reaching out to Gigabyte on Twitter, I was sent one of their brand new Gigabyte Brix GB-BPCE-3350C barebones units for review and general testing in my expanding homelab setup (kudos to Andrew@Gigabyte for sorting this out) The GB-BPCE-3350C is a brand new Apollo Lake version of the Brix and…


Building a DIY Mac Mini Nas

Building a DIY Mac Mini NAS

Note: The instructions below worked on my initial install but i’ve been unable to replicate it upon further attempts. I now get various system errors and failed installs and nothing remotely resembling a working NAS. I’m keeping the below post active for education purposes with this disclaimer but will update with working…


DIY Synology NAS (Running Xpenology OS) Update

I’ve been successfully running my DIY Synology NAS (running Xpenology OS) for the last couple of weeks and I have come to a simple conclusion – this box isn’t the quickest system I’ve ever put together. On paper the specs are fine, the web interface is nice and snappy and the Xpenology OS…


Building a DIY Synology NAS

Since Installing Server 2016 on my Mac Mini, I’ve been looking for some dedicated storage for my home lab so I’ve put together a DIY Synology NAS running XPEnology. What is a NAS? NAS stands for Network Attached Storage, and is in essence device full of hard drives providing data access…


Possible HP Gen8 Microserver Upgrades

Over the last month or so, been getting quite a number of hits on my posts that deal with upgrades to the HP Gen8 Microserver so I though i’d collate everything together in a definitive post with links to more information. Due to its small footprint, the Gen8 Microserver is…


Installing Server 2016 on a HP ML10 v2

After a sort out of my loft, I discovered my long forgotten HP ML10 v2 server that was part of my initial home lab setup (before it went all Mac Mini), so I thought i’d fire it up and see if I could get Server 2016 on a HP ML10…


Install Windows Server 2016 on a Mac Mini

After much build up and fanfare, Windows Server 2016 has now been officially launched. I’d planned on creating a test VM on my HP Microserver Gen8 but its puny Celeron CPU just doesn’t have the grunt that I need to be able to play around with Server 2016 properly. I’d…


Upgrade a MacMini 2012 for ESXI 6

Upgrade a 2012 MacMini 6,1 for ESXI 6.0

As mentioned in an earlier post, I’ve recently been able to breath some life into an old dead late 2012 MacMini that i picked up for a bargain price off of eBay. As the chassis was a bare bones unit, I threw in some parts that I had to hand…


Homelab Update #3 - Long Overdue

Homelab Update #3 – Long Overdue

As you can see by the last post this blog received, i’ve been pressing pause on the blog for a good couple of months. This was mainly due to increased work commitments including training down in central London, picking up quite a bit of new work as part of my…