Best Virtual home environment setup on a budget?

Discussion in 'Linux Admins, Storage and Virtualization' started by Tronan90, May 4, 2018.

  1. Tronan90

    Tronan90 New Member

    May 4, 2018
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    Hi all.
    I am hoping for some advice on how to best setup my homeserver.
    I am a curious soul with passion for Virtualization, tho the couple of years I have not had the time to keep up. So I am looking forward to expand my knowledge and thus hoping someone could help me out setup my homeserver so it's best setup for future endevours :)

    I have a older "server" that is currently running Windows 10 with Hyper-V.
    My hardware:
    Xeon E3-1230 v3 3.3GHz
    2x 3TB disks
    1x 1TB disk
    1x 500GB disk
    1x 512GB SSD
    16gb RAM
    AMD Firepro 2270 (using it just to connect a monitor when needed, since Xeon doesn't provide built-in graphics on this generation)

    I am planning to move from my current setup to Proxmox.
    Main Services:
    Webservices (non-critical /test)
    Other media-download on Linux distro (ex. CentOS)
    Windows 10 for RDP
    Learning more about LXC Container
    Learning more about Docker and it's use-case

    Main 2 focus points (issues I have now)
    I am tired of losing data to disk-failure since I don't have any redundancy as of now.
    But I am hoping to expand my disks sometime after the summer.

    With Windows I can not experiment with Docker or LXC Containers, and all the other goodies that comes with ex. Proxmox.

    How would you advice me to setup my homelab? (especially considering the disks I have available).

    Hope for some good feedbacks :)
  2. Evan

    Evan Well-Known Member

    Jan 6, 2016
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    Using the disks you have is probably not the best idea, could just buy 2 new larger ones and mirror them. Then buy an ssd or couple of ssd mirrored for the vm’s

    With Windows 10 you could have a Linux VM that contains docker easily.
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