Several people have asked what my esxi home lab looks like, so I’ve compiled a list of hardware that’s being put to use in the lab. It’s certainly nothing over the top or impressive like some of those other full rack “home lab” setups that others build, but is does get the job done. All the expected VMware features work without any issue and provides a great place to test, try new products, and even create new blog posts.

VMware ESXi Host

Shared Storage

With the current home lab setup, all of my lab virtual machines are running on the local NVMe or SSD drives. The shared storage is now primarily used to store ISOs, documents, photos, movies, etc.

Synology DS1815+, Intel Atom Quad Core 2.4 GHz, upgraded to 16GB RAM.

DS1815+ disk group

Networking

Other Home Lab Posts

Retired vSphere ESXi Hosts (2014-2019)