Home Lab Update #1 Build a Home Lab From Scratch

Home Lab Update #1 – Building a Home Lab from Scratch

Building a Home Lab from Scratch – Update #1 One of the reasons for starting this blog was to document the process of building a home lab from scratch. I always new that it wouldn’t be something that you can simply go out purchase the complete solution, but one that would…


Installing Server 2012 R2 on a HP ML10 v2

I’m beginning to like my new HP ML10 v2, its straightforward, solidly built and above all fits exactly in my budget for my home lab – however I did run into a small problem when setting it up – the complete lack of a decent source of information on how…


Home Lab Server #2 – HP Microserver Gen8

Server #2 – HP Microserver Gen8 After getting a great deal on my first server for my new homelab I’d been doing some research on a second. My plan was to use my existing ML10v2 as a “compute” node, running either Hyper-V Server R2 or a standard install of Server 2012…


Home Lab Server #1 – HP ML10 v2

Introducing the HP Proliant ML10 v2 After my initial thoughts on picking up a Lenovo or Dell server but I ended up stumping for one of HP’s entry level offerings, the HP ML10 v2. I know that i’d specified that I wanted a Xeon or at worst an i3 based…


Building a Home Lab on a Budget – Initial Thoughts

Building a Home Lab on a Budget A good home lab is a great resource for any IT Professional. Its a test bed that can be used to emulate a production environment without the risk of data loss or systems outages should you inadvertently break something during testing. Its also a great…


VMWare VCA6-DCV Study Notes Pt 1

As per my first post, one of the first certifications that i’m studying as part of my “reboot” is the VMware Certified Associate 6 – Data Center Virtualization (VCA6-DCV). This is a great entry level introduction to VMWare and virtualisation as a whole – with the added bonus that the training…


The Path to Recertification Starts Here

I’ve worked in IT for well over a decade now and I’ve amassed a lot of experience of different industries and technologies over the years. While I’ve got tons of experience, I’ve let my IT Certifications lapse somewhat. I could make the usual excuses but I’ve simply not been able…