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Building a server lab

I have been looking into building my own home lab for some time. I am after some help / guidance with this.

 

I am looking to do a full setup with a server rack, Networking Equipment and Servers.

 

For the servers im looking for some with alot of power (ram, cpu) and also some just for storage solutions. 

 

Im looking for a full server rack as i would like lots of room to install more equipment in the future.

 

I need to know what sort of gear i would need to get this running, Switches, Patch panels, Routers, Cabling, Cable management, Servers.. and so on

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I have been looking into building my own home lab for some time. I am after some help / guidance with this.

 

I am looking to do a full setup with a server rack, Networking Equipment and Servers.

 

For the servers im looking for some with alot of power (ram, cpu) and also some just for storage solutions. 

 

Im looking for a full server rack as i would like lots of room to install more equipment in the future.

 

I need to know what sort of gear i would need to get this running, Switches, Patch panels, Routers, Cabling, Cable management, Servers.. and so on

As for the server stand, u should know some important things:

  • you can place it at home, but u have to provide a climate control system & fire extinguish system
  • no one should be allowed to enter this room, unless he has a purpose to fix something

Also note, that this server will be loud.

Then, a good router & firewall system is necessary. I use a cisco system for routing and separate server for the firewall (3-ring firewall with mirrored proxy).

Make sure all the cables are labeled, colored, it will help u to fix any sht happening.

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I to know about the conditions that these systems need to be run in. I do have a cooling solution planned. I already own Safety equipment such as Signs, Extinguishers, ventilation and a secure room.

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I have been looking at some Cisco equipment, Im just not sure as to what is essential for this setup.

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How much storage and what type of processing power are we looking at?

 

Im not looking for specific space, Just something that can hold alot of drives.

 

And for the performance servers here is what i have been looking at, PowerEdge R820

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I have been looking at some Cisco equipment, Im just not sure as to what is essential for this setup.

Just don't forget to quote posts or mention people, u're lucky that I accidentally came back here.

If u wanna do this as a job, get premium tech, it will bring all the costs back later.

You will 100% need good firewall, that can handle some attacks, gigabyte intranet... The rest is very obvious.

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Just don't forget to quote posts or mention people, u're lucky that I accidentally came back here.

If u wanna do this as a job, get premium tech, it will bring all the costs back later.

You will 100% need good firewall, that can handle some attacks, gigabyte intranet... The rest is very obvious.

Some of the reason i am doing this is to get experience with Enterprise Server management and Getting to know how to build and run these systems. 

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