My Homelab Setup

A homelab is a place where you can safely perform experiments, consider it your own sandbox. 

My lab consists of 2 HP servers and an old thinclient running Docker. 
If you are considering a homelab make it your own, with whatever tools you have at your disposal. 

You don’t have to spend lots of cash on your homelab, I sourced the thinclient from ebay for £50 and the 2 HP servers were hand me downs. And this is perfectly fine, all you have to do is source some disks and memory and you’re ready to go. 

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Security is Everything

Don’t forget just because your homelab is at home, don’t skimp on security. A good firewall, only allow administrative connection from inside your network, use one time passwords, authentication tokens etc. I will list some of the software I use below.

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My network

I run 3 subnets in my lab, my infrastructure network, LAB network and a sandbox network for intricate testing, sometimes I also use my sandbox network for locked down temporary inbound connections. 
I have a standard router with a 28 subnet range from my ISP. Behind that I run a firewall in a VM with it’s required interfaces plugged into my router. 
I also run a small router for my backup line with it’s own Dynamic IP for temporary connections. 
Each of my subnets are in their own Zones, meaning, I can segregate my subnets from each other. 

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Software

Selection of software really depends on what you would like to do, I run 2 hosts that in turn run a series of VMs, I can spin up a VM in a matter of minutes and do what I need to do. 
I also run my thinclient as a Docker host, this allows me to spin up a container or a series of containers for my needs. 


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