Time for a new lab

Lab(v3) 11/2017 – 2 new White Box (self builded) + NUCi7 + “old” Lab(v2)

For each White Box:

CPU: AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950x (Zen) – 16 core @ 3.4 GHz
White01 RAM: 128 GB (16 * 8 sticks) – Adata AX4U2400316G16-SRZ XPG Z1 DDR4 2400MHz running @ 2133 MHz
Black01 RAM: 128GB (16 * 8 sticks) – G.Skill F4-2133C15Q-64GFX 64GB * 2 Kit DDR4 2133 MHz
MB: ASRock X399 Professional Gaming (with BIOS 1.71 & AGESA 1.0.0.4)
Case: Corsair Carbide 400c White/Black
Power Supply: Cool Master V750 Full Modular 750W 80 Plus Gold
Video: Zotac Nvidia Geforce 710 1GB DDR3
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9 TR4-SP3 92mm U-Type
Storage:
SanDisk Ultra Fit Flash USB 3.0 32GB (for ESXi boot)
Samsung 960 EVO M.2 NVMe 256 GB (as Cache disk for vSAN)
Samsung 960 EVO M.2 NVMe 1 TB (as Data disk for vSAN)
Host Networking:
2 * 1 Gigabit On board LAN Adapters (Wake on Lan enabled)
2 * 10 Gigabit – Intel X540-T2 Dual port Adapter

SDDC Layer: vSphere 6.5U1 & vSAN 6.6.1 & NSX 6.4
vSphere 6.7U1 & vSAN 6.7U1 & NSX 6.4.3
SDDC Lab Settings:
Fake SCSI Reservation on vSAN (for installing Nested ESXI on vSAN) – on each node

esxcli system settings advanced set -o /VSAN/FakeSCSIReservations -i 1
Enable Thin Swap on vSAN – on each node
esxcli system settings advanced set -o /VSAN/SwapThickProvisionDisabled -i 1
Large Pages disabled on each node
Mem.AllocGuestLargePage = 0
Transparent Page Sharing (TPS) enabled on each node
Mem.ShareForceSalting = 0
vSAN Dedupe & Compression ON

Lab(v3) add-on 04/2018 – The new Service Console

Intel NUC7i7DNKE – BLKNUC7I7DNK2E Kit

CPU: Intel i7 8650U (Kaby Lake R) – 4 Core @ 1.9 GHz – Turbo max @ 4.2 GHz
RAM:  32 GB (16GB * 2 sticks) – Ballistix Sport LT DDR4 2400MHz BLS16G4S240FSD
Storage: Samsung 960 EVO M.2 NVMe 512 GB
Host Networking: 1 Gigabit On board LAN Adapter
Virtualization Layer: vSphere 6.7 GA
On top:

  • VCSA 6.7U1
  • NSX Manager 6.4.3
  • ESXi Witness Host for vSAN
  • CentOS 7 VM for NTP/DNS services
  • Windows Host as Jump VM (Wakemeonlan-x64)

Lab Switches:
TP-Link TL-SG1016DE Managed Easy Smart Switch – 16-Port 1 Gigabit Base-T
TP-Link T1700X-16TS Managed Switch –
12-Port 10 Gigabit Base-T  + 4 Ports 10 Gigabit SFP+

 

Lab(v2) 12/2013 –  build on a White Box (self builded) with the following specs (this is also my “Playstation”)

CPU: Intel i7 4930k (Ivy Bridge-E) – 6 core @ 3.4 Ghz
RAM: 64 Gb (8 * 8 sticks) – DDR3 @ 1600 Mhz
MB: Intel X79 Platform with Intel Rapid Storage Technology
SSD: 2 * Samsung 840 Pro 256 GB in Raid 0
HDD: 4 * Segate 7.2k 2TB in dual RAID

  • #1 Volume in RAID0 with 1.3TB raw
  • #2 Volume in RAID5 with 4.5TB raw

Host Networking: 2 * 1 Gigabit LAN Adapters
OS: Windows 10 + VMware Workstation
Video: Nvidia GeForce GTX 680

Old Lab(v2) has been converted as Service Console and NAS for Lab(v3).

 

Lab(v3) Components

CPU

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Motherboard

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RAM

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SSD

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Case

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Video

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CPU Cooler

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Power

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Cabling Wires

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Shine on you crazy diamond:

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White01

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Black01

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