I’ve managed to finish migrating all of my VMs to the new DL380 G7 ESXi Host. Afterwards, I found some time to sit down and draw a quick network diagram. I then posted this diagram to an online forum and received some good questions & suggestions.
1. Move the Xbox and Media PC off of the main network’s subnet as if the HTPC is running many 3rd party programs, which it is, it may be considered untrusted.
I like this suggestion, and I’ve actually implemented the changes into my current environment!
2. Use vlans! Why aren’t you using vlans?
I haven’t found a use case for vlans in my current environment yet. I have some experience with using them in the past, so incorporating them into my lab would be a beneficial learning experience.
Questions People Asked
What’s your thought process on subnetting?
The reason I have a 10.0.0.x network and a 192.168.1.x network is because I want my VM lab to have nothing to do with the rest of my network. It’s for testing stuff mostly, so I didn’t want to confuse myself .
What are your projects/plans for all of that RAM?
I want to get to a point where I’m emulating my work’s environment, they have a few more servers there so I’ll need the ram to be able to mimic it all on one machine. That and I run my own VMs for home.
Why the switches instead of PFsense vlans?
pfSense is only 3 days old, I haven’t had the chance to use it. Ill be adding vlans to the list of things I test before using it as my main firewall/router. (Lots of people suggested vlans!)
Whats your end goal/learning objective?
Kinda mentioned in Q2. I want to replicate my work’s environment so I can become more familiar with networking and the likes. I’m a year into working in IT as a qualified professional and just want to be able to test stuff in my own environment without the risk of destroying my career with the press of a button.
What’s running on the TX1330?
It was my first server, so it was my ESXi host running everything. (I also had a 1050 Ti in there for GPU passthrough to one of the VMs)
Currently it’s just a datastore but I’m looking to turn it into either a NAS or even just a windows server with a bunch of shares. I need to figure out the pros and cons of each before I do.
I’m glad someone asked about it since it is by far my favourite server. Only pulls 50W when idling so it’s cheap as chips to run. (That’s how I justified the cost).