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Homelab Upgrade v2!

Recently I made few hardware and software upgrades to my homelab setup. I am calling it as my Homelab v2 as it seems like my homelab has come a long way from when I had first set it up. This is what the first version of my homelab looked like: https://www.virtualmystery.info/post/my-home-lab-setup

As my curiosity and hence interests expanded, I wanted to practice and develop skills on containers, virtual networks and cyber analysis (Pen-testing). Luckily for me, my fundamental skills of virtualization and ESXi meant that deploying setups for learning these unexplored domains was not an uphill task.


Let us take a look at my update home lab network setup and the BOM:

My homelab bom (2022):

1. Intel NUC 10 i5(1):

Ram: 48GB

ESXi : 7.0u3F

Host name: Nuclab.virmyst.homelab


Storage:

150 GB SATA SSD

500GB NVMe SSD


Virtual Machines hosted:

1- Tanzu Community Edition BootStrap VM

2- Tanzu CE Management Cluster

3- Tanzu CE Worker Cluster

4- NSX-Edge Node1 -- For Firewall and Homelab WAN router


2. Intel NUC 10 i5(2):


Ram: 32GB

ESXi: 7.0u3f

Hostname: Nuclab2.virmyst.homelab


Storage:

500GB NVMe


Virtual Machines hosted:

1- vCenter 7.0u3e

2- NSX-T Manager 3.2


3. Intel NUC 11 i3(1):


Ram: 32GB

ESXi: 7.0u3f

Hostname: Nuclab3.virmyst.homelab


Storage:

500GB NVMe

250GB SSD


Virtual Machines hosted:

1- ADDS

2- EdgeNode-2 (For creating micro-segment for pentest setup)

3- LinuxVictim

4- Win7Victim

5- KaliLinux VM



4. Cisco CBS 350 managed switch:


8 ports managed switch (+2 Uplink Ports)

Features in use:

VLAN

RSTP

QoS

SNMP

Syslog notifications



5. RPI 4B 8GB: ESXi-Arm


Ram: 8GB

Hostname: RPI1.vimyst.homelab

Storage:

32GB USB drive



6. WD NAS 2-Bay


Storage:

1TB HDD


Services:


iSCSI initiator

SMB share for Backups



7. Synology DS120j


Storage:

500GB SSD


Services:


Iscsi initiator

PXE server

NTP server


8. RPI 4B (4GB)


OS: RPI OS

RAM: 4GB

This Raspberry Pi is intended for testing Grafana and other open source monitoring services.


9. D-Link 16 port Unmanaged Switch


10. TP-Link Wifi AP


11. DLINK Wifi repeater- to extend the home internet to my homelab


I will be discussing in more details on my pentest and micro-segmentation setup in the upcoming posts. I have already shared a post on my TCE deploy in this post: https://www.virtualmystery.info/post/deploy-tanzu-community-edition-v0-11-using-linux-boostrap-vm-part-1 . I will be using my K8s cluster for setting up NSX-T Application Platform, which I will be discussing in my upcoming posts. Stay tuned!


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