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2022 - Is this still a homelab?

Electricity cost are on the rise. At this point, the Ivy Bridge Xeon Processors are over 8 years old, and are drawing more watts compared to a more modern processor.

Time for an internal upgrade. A LOT of upgrades.


From top to bottom:

  • 1U 24 Port Patch Panel
  • 1U 24 Port Patch Panel
  • Brocade ICX 7250
    • 48 Gigabit RJ45 Ports, 8x 10G SFP+ Ports
    • Going 10G for the servers network, because why not
    • Command Line operation for the switch at last; time for some automation
  • Netgear GS108LP PoE Switch
    • DMZ switch
    • Physical separation for the DMZ network
  • 1U Shelf, holding Raspberry Pi trays
    • From Left to Right:
      • Raspberry Pi 3B, Primary Pi-Hole
      • Raspberry Pi 3B, Secondary Pi-Hole
      • Raspberry Pi 4B 2GB, Home Assistant
      • Raspberry Pi 4B 2GB, Network Monitoring
      • Raspberry Pi CM4 8GB, Pi-Box, running NextCloud
  • 1U pfSense Server
    • Supermicro X10SDV-4C-TLN2F
      • Built-in Dual 10G Intel NIC
      • Xeon-D 1520 Low Power CPU
    • 16GB DDR4 ECC RAM
    • Intel i350-T4 Quad Gigabit PCIe NIC
    • 2x120GB SSD for mirrored Boot drive
  • Unifi Protect NVR
  • 2U Main ESXI Server
    • AsRock x470D4U AM4 Motherboard
      • One of the only Server grade motherboard for the consumer Ryzen CPUs
    • Ryzen 7 3800X
      • 8 Cores 16 Threads
    • 128GB (4x32GB) DDR4 RAM
    • 2x Nvidia Quadro P400 GPU
    • Supermicro Dual 10G SFP+NIC
      • One port is directly connected to the TrueNAS server for NFS share
  • 2U TrueNAS server
    • AsRock D1541D4U-2T8R Motherboard
      • Xeon-D 1541 Low Power CPU
        • 8 Cores 16 Threads
      • On-Board 10G RJ45 NIC
    • 4x12TB HDD in RAID 10
      • Bulk Media Storage
    • 2x 1.6TB SAS SSD in RAID 1
      • ESXI NFS Datastore
    • 2x 1.6TB SAS SSD in RAID 1
      • Backup Pool
    • 2x Dual 10G SFP+ PCIe NIC
      • One direct connection to ESXI server for NFS share
      • One SMB only connection to rest of network
      • One webGUI only connection to rest of network
  • 4U Server
    • Brother's server, also upgraded to Ryzen with Asrock Mobo


On the back, from top to bottom:

  • 1U PDU, connected to CyberPower UPS
  • 1U APC ATS, connected to both APC UPS and Tripp Lite UPS
    • Networking Equipment are connected to this ATS, for extended run time
    • With only the pfSense, Brocade Switch, Unifi Access Points, and Verizon ISP modems, the three UPS gives about 30 minutes of continuous run time during the recent power outage
  • 1U PDU with switches for quick ISP modem reboots
  • 1U VGA KVM
Is this even a home lab anymore? It feels more and more like a home data center instead.