2017 - Where it all began
Gotta start somewhere. Old, unused computer hardware are great, low-cost way to start an homelab.
Converted an old desktop into a NAS, using FreeNAS (before the name changed to TrueNAS). The system is pretty janky, consist of the following:
- Random Lenovo Intel Motherboard, hacked together with an AMD cooler and fan
- Intel i5-2500
- 16GB (2x8) DDR3
- 2x Syba 4-Port SATA PCIe x1 Expansion Card (This was before I learn about LSI HBA cards)
- 12x 500GB Assortment of HDDs I salvage from work
For the pfSense Firewall, it started out as an HP Elitedesk desktop, with holes cut in the front for the Ethernet NICs.
This was running on:
- HP Intel Motherboard
- 4th Gen Intel i5 Processor (Forgot which model)
- 16GB (4x4) DDR3
- 4x Gigabit PCIe NIC, mix of Intel and RealTek, that have a ribbon breakout cable to the physical NIC daughter boards
- 1x 120GB SSD for Boot Drive