Ryzen Mini PC Review: Quiet and Power-Efficient Virtualization for Your Homelab! [YouTube Release]

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00:00 :arrow_forward: Ryzen Mini PC Running XCP-NG
00:25 :arrow_forward: Hardware Specs
01:32 :arrow_forward: Price And Where to Buy
02:24 :arrow_forward: What’s Inside
02:51 :arrow_forward: Networking & IO
04:20 :arrow_forward: Some Final Thoughts

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We need a mini PC that has like 4 or more m.2 SATA connections (plus a system drive) to put cheap drives in and works with Truenas (pick your flavor). Then we could build low power labs that really reflect how a production system will work.

If I’d have known about these cheap but powerful miniPCs, I might have bought them for my lab. I recently bought 3 HP DL360p Gen8 with more ram and processor than I’ll ever need. But loud and power hungry compared to the above, so it lives at work. Most of the miniPC I’m familiar with are things like J4105, N5105, etc, not really enough processor for a VM host.

I picked up 2 of these units to create a 2-node cluster. I’m half tempted to get a 3rd one to build up a pfsense with a 1GB Wan and a 2.5LAN.

Tho I’m still trying to see how much I want to get of this exact unit.

My current idea is to try and use a Thunderbolt cable to see if I can do a peer-to-peer network for the storage migrations.

I ended up installing proxmox on them since XCPNG gave me a bit of a headache, and I didn’t get a solid container idea built up.