Category Archives: LAB

Whats in the Lab for 2017?

Whats in the Lab for 2017?

To me, a home lab is an important piece of my ongoing education. It’s one thing to watch videos and take classes but getting some time to build, configure or run solutions in your own setting is an invaluable resource. In my life, I’ve never learned anything REALLY well until I’ve had to operate and… Continue Reading

Ubiquiti in the Lab

Ubiquiti in the Lab

It’s one of those “first world problems” where you have either not enough wireless coverage at home, or you’re getting too much interference from the neighbors to have satisfactory wireless coverage. I had an Linksys AC3200 providing all of my house’s wireless connectivity and for the most part, it did a good job. I have about… Continue Reading

Custom Made Computer Lab Rack

Custom Made Computer Lab Rack

I had some extra materials left over from a home improvement project I had been working on and decided to put them to use on a custom made rack for my lab. My requirements for the rack design were pretty simple. Hold my equipment Make it somewhat portable Needed to be able to work on the… Continue Reading

Home Lab Expenses

Home Lab Expenses

Home Labs aren’t cheap. Depending on what you want to do with your lab, they can even be really expensive. If you’re looking at building one for yourself, you should take some time to determine what you want to get out of it. I’ve found that having a home lab is an incredibly valuable asset… Continue Reading

Add SSDs to HP Microserver

My brand new shiny HP Microserver arrived in the mail and I was excited to try it out.  I had four 480GB OCZ SSDs to add to this baby server and wanted to get it up and running.  Unfortunately, the HP Microserver is built for 3.5 inch drives.  Luckily I found great solution. Newer Technology… Continue Reading

Synology DS411slim Review

I recently purchased a Synology DS411slim NAS device for my home lab in order to quiet down my rack and start using up less power.  Obviously to accomplish this I would need to fill it up with Solid State drives which have the added benefit of a large number of IOPS 🙂      … Continue Reading

Baby Dragon Home Lab

My configuration is listed below if anyone is interested in the details.            Similar designs have been done before by both Chris [email protected] prior to that by Phillip [email protected] called them “Baby Dragons“.  I used their base config and made a few tweaks of my own based on pricing, part availability… Continue Reading