Brainstorming

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Intro

This section is simply a list of all of the ideas we have for sections. After each section title feel free to update your name against the line item in italics (double apostrophe on either side of your name) if you would like to complete the initial build out of the content for that individual page. Once you have completed it to a satisfactory level, please mark it off with a checkmark (✔) to enable us to track our progress against the list.

Alex has pre-assigned a few where people may be best suited to doing the initial content creation, or people had already expressed an interest!

The Open Homelab Project

Building the Homelab

Setting the Scene

Setting the Scene
Types of Homelab Common Requirements Other
  • Use cases ✔
    • Study ✔
    • Media ✔
    • CCTV ✔
    • Pics ✔
    • Blogs ✔

Hypervisors, Power, Cooling, Noise and Compute

Hardware Basics
Hypervisors & Ecosystems Power, Cooling & Noise Compute Cream Boxes
  • Power
    • UPS
    • Locating your lab with your employer
    • Choosing low power components - Alec
      • Intel CPU Differences
      • Networking power
      • Storage COnsiderations
    • DPM
      • Use more power hungry machines?
      • Turn off when not in use
      • Scripts to power on/off
  • Cooling and Noise
    • Comparing CPUs and heat
    • Chassis size is inversely proportional
      • heat exchange
      • noise
    • Summer vs winter
    • Tips for cooling
    • Airbricks!
  • I3 vs i5 vs i7 vs Xeon
  • Clock speeds
  • Hyperthreading
  • More, cheaper vs fewer, faster
  • AzureStack RAM requirements
    • Config file change for 32GB
  • Loadsa RAM
  • Optimum ratio of cores to RAM

Networking, Storage, Cloud Labs and Other

Hardware Basics
Networking Storage Cloud Labs Other
  • Intro to Cloud Homelabs - Alex
  • How much time monthly spent in the homelab? ✔
  • Amazon AWS Free Tier - Alex
  • Azure
  • GCP?
  • Ravello
  • Bare Metal Cloud – baremetalcloud.com
  • Free labs ✔
    • VMware HoL

Managing your Homelab

Managing Your Homelab
Directory Services Backups Configuration Management DNS & IP Management Automation & Code
  • DNS Tools
    • AD Integrated
  • IPAM Tools
    • MS IPAM
Managing Your Homelab
Patching Monitoring Logging Load Balancing Email Other
  • SCOM
  • Spiceworks
  • Veeam One
  • Sensu
  • Observium
  • PRTG
  • MRTG
  • VMware LogInsight
  • Splunk
  • ELK
  • Syslog Basics
  • NetScaler
  • KEMP - Gareth
  • SMTP
  • Exchange

Securing your Homelab

Securing your Homelab
Security & remote access Firewalls Other

Decision Trees

This will be the tricky part - perhaps we have a few different ones based on different elements of the lab? I would love to do one all-encompasing d-tree but I don’t think it will be possible

The section index is here:

Homelab HCL

Reviews / Discussion on specific hardware in the context of homelabs? Could also have lists of tested hardware for things like HBAs which work with VSAN, etc?

The section index is here:

Other Stuff

  • Running a mainframe!
    • IBM zSeries (z/OS, z/VM, Linux on System z)
    • IBM iSeries (AS/400)
    • Unisys (Clearpath MCP?)

Cool Homelab Blog Posts / Blog Series