Home Lab Storage and Network Upgrade

I’m a huge advocate of home lab equipment – it’s one of the best ways to learn and grow as an IT engineer or whatever your job title names you. Having stuff you can intentionally break then try to fix or to test something so you are ten times more confident doing it for real … Read moreHome Lab Storage and Network Upgrade

pfSense SG-4860

My home lab is certainly turning into quite a setup and I now have another new device to add to it – the pfSense SG-4860 hardware unit. I’ve played around with pfSense in virtual machines over the years but never got round to actually deploying it as my home router. I finally took the plunge … Read morepfSense SG-4860

Change Supermicro IPMI Admin Password

Changing default passwords is a vital task – it is never a good idea to leave any system credentials as they come ‘out of the box’. With that in mind I’m changing the password on the IPMI (Intelligent Platform Management Interface) admin account for my two Supermicro SYS-5028D-TN4T servers.   First off I log onto … Read moreChange Supermicro IPMI Admin Password

Windows Server Core Expand Volume

I am trying to run as many of my Windows server home lab virtual machines (VM) as Core installs. This reduces the resource requirement for each VM in terms of drive space, memory and CPU – obviously a good thing in any environment. It also forces me to learn more ways of dealing with situations, … Read moreWindows Server Core Expand Volume

Intel X552/X557-AT Network Adapter Driver Installation on VMware ESXi

My home lab is comprised of two Supermicro SYS-5028D-TN4T servers which utilise the Intel Xeon-D system on chip (SoC) CPU. This chip has built in 10Gb Ethernet support and provides two ports for cool stuff like storage/vMotion/VSAN etc. We also have two 1Gb NICs, again provided through the SoC. Unfortunately the standard installation of VMware ESXi … Read moreIntel X552/X557-AT Network Adapter Driver Installation on VMware ESXi

VMware ESXi Embedded Host Client Installation

Today I’m going to install the VMware ESXi Embedded Host Client software on one of my Supermicro SYS-5028D-TN4T lab servers. This is a VMware fling I’ve kept an eye on since it’s first release and much as I would like to see it on our production systems it isn’t’ something we have signed off on … Read moreVMware ESXi Embedded Host Client Installation

Cisco SG300 Default Route

I’ve been working on my home lab and finally have a few virtual machines running which will require Internet access (e.g Windows Server Update Services). My Cisco SG300 switch is setup for layer 3 mode and I have two VLANs currently configured on it with more to come as my lab environment grows. An important … Read moreCisco SG300 Default Route

Configure Cisco SG300 Switch Layer 3 Mode

The Cisco SG300 switch series can act as a standard layer 2 switch or be enabled for layer 3 functionality. Typically the switch will come in layer 2 mode (also called switch mode in the CLI). There are a couple of ways layer 3 functionality can be enabled and I will demonstrate them both below. … Read moreConfigure Cisco SG300 Switch Layer 3 Mode

Supermicro IPMIView Setup

My new lab equipment is located in the front room of my house as it is closest to my Internet connection and I don’t have network cabling run through the property so it would have been a pain to locate the kit elsewhere. I don’t want to leave a keyboard/mouse/monitor attached to the two servers … Read moreSupermicro IPMIView Setup

Supermicro Server BIOS Update

Having received my Supermicro SYS-5028D-TN4T servers for my home lab it’s now time to update the BIOS on each unit. This process can be achieved either through bootable media or if you have the correct license key for the dedicated IPMI (Intelligent Platform Management Interface) interface you can update through that. In my case I … Read moreSupermicro Server BIOS Update