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Network Upgrade to my Homelab!!

Recently I added a Cisco CBS350 8-port managed switch to my homelab network. So far I only had umanaged network hubs in my homelab. As my network and services within the network began to expand, I began to realize the need for a managed switch. For one I wanted to experiment with multiple VLANs with NSX-T. In addition; since I now had my homelab network connected to the internet, I wanted to add in network monitoring (IDS) feature for my lab critical infrastructure.

Let's take a look at the updated network schematic of my homelab:

Updated Homelab BOM:


1. Intel NUC 10 i5(1):


Ram:32GB

Host name: Nuclab.virmyst.homelab

Storage:

150 GB SATA SSD

500GB NVMe SSD

Virtual Machines hosted:

Windows ADDS

Nested ESXis

Backup server: VEEAM backups for on-prem VMware backups

NSX-T manager

AWSGW: Windows remote access for internet access


2. Intel NUC 10 i5(2):


Ram:16GB

Hostname: Nuclab2.virmyst.homelab

Storage:

500GB NVMe

Virtual Machines hosted:

vCenter

graylog


3. Cisco CBS 350 managed switch:

8 ports managed switch (+2 Uplink Ports)

Features in use:

VLAN

RSTP

QoS

SNMP

Syslog notifications


4. RPI 4B 8GB: ESXi-Arm

Ram: 8GB

Hostname: RPI1.vimyst.homelab

Storage:

32GB USB drive


5. WD NAS 2-Bay

Storage:

1TB HDD

Services:

iSCSI initiator

SMB share for Backups


6. Synology DS120j

Storage:

500GB SSD

Services:

Iscsi initiator

PXE server

NTP server


7. RPI 4B (4GB)

OS: RPI OS

RAM: 4GB

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


8. D-Link 16 port Unmanaged Switch


9. TP-Link Wifi AP


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

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