Software and h/w for VMs farm?

#1

Need to get some advice from this forum.

I am thinking to build a box to host VMs/Containers for home/small buz use.
Nothing too powerful, want to host several say 2-3 Windows and 2-3 Linux VMs, possible to move pfSense to it

I like Intel NUCs I7 - they come with 32 GB RAM max.
I’d prefer 64GB, some people were saying that it’s possible for specific memory types (not sure if true?)

And for software - use https://www.proxmox.com/en/

So wonder what other people use/suggest on this topic?

Thx

#2

What’s your goal? To just host some VMs or to learn a virtualization platform? For a home lab I would probably use different hardware than for a business client, but the software would be the same.

#3

Both goals, to host and learn
But home user

#4

You could use that hardware. Would you run proxmox as your hypervisor for a business? I use Hyper-V for my clients, so that’s what I run in the lab.

#5

I wonder if somebody knows an option of small PC box like NUC with IPMI capabilities ?

I saw something about Intel’s remote management module RMM but looking for real users’ experience.

The goal is to be able to manage box via console remotely

#6

The little HP MicroServers have ilo. (Integrated Lights Out) You have to purchase a license for remote console after it boots, but it’s viable. They are great for a home lab because they are small and quiet.

#7

Would you share a link to this product ?

Also how much is the a license you know?

Thx

#8

The server:


HP makes a bunch of different configurations on those microservers. Some with Intel processors and the cheap ones use AMD.

ilo license:

#9

Thanks, you gave me food to digest :roll_eyes: