My New Virtualization Homelab

The specs

  • Processor: Intel Core i5 11400 6C/12T
  • Motherboard: ASUS Prime 560M-A
  • RAM: 32GiB DDR4 @ 3200MHz (Corsair Vengeance)
  • SSD0: Samsung Pro 970 256GB
  • SSD1: Tcsungbow 1TB ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  • Case: CoolerMaster N200 MicroATX
  • Hypervisor/host OS: Debian 11 Bullseye

Why?

I like virtualization and I want an always-on server to continue to learn and experiment with the KVM virtualization ecosystem.

Why not used enterprise gear?

Looks big and loud. Most of the used gear at my price point seemed kind of old, too. And besides, if this ever stops being a hobby for me, I can just throw a video card in this (if such a mythical thing can ever be found again) and find it a new home.

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