LAST TIME in THE PURSUIT OF HOMELABS, I talked about what my options were in upgrading my at-home resources I could use for virtualization and storage. Until I took the plunge, I didn’t want to get too much into the specifics of what my decision was. I’ve done my research. I’ve done a lot of window shopping. I’ve slept on it for a while. And now… I’ve got some parts in the mail! Keep reading to see why (and how) I chose Dell’s R710.
Sometimes you need to do things on your own schedule. Sometimes you have a set of tasks set up that will take a few days to run, and sometimes those tasks happen to be running across Patch Tuesday or whenever Microsoft releases an out-of-band update, meaning you can’t reboot to install the latest updates to your OS as soon as Microsoft tells you to. This is for you.
Earlier this week, I announced that I’m looking to expand the resources I have at my disposal for homelabbing, and just a few days ago, I posted a pretty lengthy list of criteria I took into account planning my potential expansion. Today, I’ll be talking about what my options for expansion are and how well they might fit my needs.
It’s now no secret that I’ve been planning to expand my at-home storage and computing resources. In my last post, I outlined some criteria that I used to help me consider what hardware to purchase. I thought it’d be a good idea to expand on that list of criteria in case anyone else wanted to use it to help them work through finding some new hardware. This is going to be a long one, so settle in!
The last couple of weeks have been a flurry of learning, planning, and (for now) window shopping. Some earlier attempts at spinning up a few VMs at once on my desktop have been met with sluggish disappointment and a really warm office at best, and incompatibility and wasted time at worst. Despite being more than enough for gaming, it seems as though my desktop won’t cut it for what I’ve got planned. It’s for this reason that I’ve decided to look into expanding the resources at my disposal.