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When i was practicing for my VCP and VCAP Deploy I mainly used VMware workstation as a home lab. I used my Desktop PC which included Intel core i5, 32GB for RAM , One 512 SSD and 1TB of HDD. When i needed to practice backup, replication, multiple PSC’s and multiple VC’s my biggest constrain was the RAM and i had to shuffle VMs and hosts around.

So I finally decided to get some dedicated Hardware so i can continue to study. My home lab now include the following:

  • One Dell PowerEdge T130
  • One Cisco SG-300-10
  • One Netgear ReadyNAS 202

Dell PowerEdge T130 Configuration:

  • ProcessorIntel® Xeon® E3-1220 v5 3.0GHz, 8M cache,
  • RAM: 64GB UDIMM,2133MT/s,ECC780-BBWS
  • HDDs: 2X 500GB 7.2k RPM SATA 6Gbps
  • Networking:On-Board LOM 1GBE Dual Port
  • Management:iDrac8, Basic with Dedicated NIC

Cisco SG-300-10

  • 10 ports of Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000) connectivity
  • 2 combination mini-GBIC ports support fiber-optic or Gigabit Ethernet uplink connectivity
  • Integrated IP telephony support automatically configures connected IP phones with the correct VLAN and quality-of-service (QoS) parameters to prioritize voice traffic
  • Advanced security features, including access control lists (ACLs) and guest VLANs.

Netgear ReadyNAS 202:

  • 2-bay Network Attached Storage.
  • 1.4Ghz processor and 2GB on-board memory for swift data transfers
  • Two 1TB WD Reds

Total investment in  my home lab is: $1537 

  • Dell PowerEdge T130  – $972
  • Cisco SG-300-10 –  $205
  • Netgear ReadyNAS 202 – $250
  • 2X 1TB WD Reds – $110

Hybrid lab:

My plan is to continue using VMware workstation with my new hardware, i will be using nested configuration on my Dell PowerEdge T130 server and for my backup/replication target site i will be using my VMware workstation. The picture below shows my two hosts:

  • F22-Raptor is my Dell PowerEdge T130 server
  • F35-lightning is my VMware workstation hosts




VMware Workstation:




Lab Picture:




  • David

    Hello Mordi,
    Nice blog, very good information
    I am planing to do expand my lab as well, my current lab is on VMware workstation and would like to know how you connected the nested VMware workstation lab with physical server ?

    Appreciate your response


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