Newest Homelab Addition – Dell PowerEdge r710

Now that I'm all settled and running everything on my new workstation, I figured it was time for a new homelab addition.

I picked up a Dell r710 locally for $300 with the following specs:

Homelab Addition - r710

My current hardware goals for it are as follows, but they may change:

  • (possibly 2x Xeon L5640 if the power draw is too high)
  • 96GB (12x 8GB) RAM
  • 2x Samsung Evo 850 250GB (RAID 1)
  • 4x HGST Travelstar 1TB 7200 (RAID 1+0)

As you can see, I'll also need a better storage/rack solution for it as well.

Homelab Addition - Workstation

I've also managed to pick up a Cisco unmanaged 16 port switch to begin networking everything together.

Other than that, the only other homelab addition of note is a few hard drives:

I'm not sure if I'd rather put all 6 drives into the r710 or create a NAS (either new white box or repurposing my old desktop).

The benefit of putting all 6 drives into the r710 is saving me some money. Unfortunately, I'd still need to pickup a H700 (or H200), be unable to upgrade its storage in the future, and run the risk of my media going down if the server goes down.

The benefit of creating a NAS would be separating the duties between the server and the NAS, having another toy to play with, and all around ease of upgrades.

I'm still not sure which route I will take yet, but I'm definitely looking forward to setting everything up and really labbing.

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Ray Doyle is an avid pentester/security enthusiast/beer connoisseur who has worked in IT for almost 16 years now. From building machines and the software on them, to breaking into them and tearing it all down; he's done it all. To show for it, he has obtained an OSCE, OSCP, eCPPT, GXPN, eWPT, eWPTX, SLAE, eMAPT, Security+, ICAgile CP, ITIL v3 Foundation, and even a sabermetrics certification!

He currently serves as a Senior Staff Adversarial Engineer for Avalara, and his previous position was a Principal Penetration Testing Consultant for Secureworks.

When he's not figuring out what cert to get next or side project to work on, he enjoys playing video games, traveling, and watching sports.

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