HomeLab: Hardware – PT 3 – Building the vSan cluster

Last night I directed my attention to building the vSan cluster, which would be used as a test lab/slight prod VDI setup.

However, prior to closely inspecting the vSan host licence provided by VMUG Advantage, I set out to purchase another R610… It wasn’t until after I had 4 x Dual processor servers that  I intended to use for my vSan cluster… That I realised,  VMUG only offer 6 processor licenses for vSan.

Well damn, it doesn’t make much sense to me to build a 3 node vSan now. As my only real reason for running a vSan lab at home was to replicate (in a way) the production VDI vSan we use at work.

To implement it at home is going to cost quite a bit more money upfront. I will need to purchase multiple controllers that’ll allow pass-through, also more disks.

However, all is not lost. I decided to throw the 4 hosts intended for my vSan cluster onto my prod cluster until I revisit vSan later down the track.

I present to you, the 6 host HomeLab.

6 host prod cluster

The spaghetti shot!

Server wire spaghetti


It’s a shame that I’m not able to get the vSan cluster sorted now. But with my holiday to Japan only 3 weeks away, I really need to stop spending money here. So I have more money to spend there!

I think I might buy my drift car some good bits.

On the plus side, adding 4 more hosts to a cluster does look good in the specs.



Prod cluster specs


Prod resources now


*obviously no additional storage has been added yet.

This might be my last HomeLab post until I get back from Japan.

However, maybe I’ll do some more on the Server Room Build over the coming weeks…

No promises though.

Posted by Brendan

An IT system Administrator from Australia, technology guru and Automotive enthusiast/wanna be mechanic.

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