Home Lab Setup

This is the beginning of my virtual home lab setup I’m setting up. In the future, I’d like to move this set up to actual hardware at some point, but for now this should give me a good understanding of domains, AD, and Windows Servers in general. With Windows Server 2019 coming out in a few weeks, I figure it’s a good time to start planning my setup in order to be able to use it in a few weeks when it’s released.

The Plan

The current plan is to use Virtualbox on an external 1tb hard drive in order to boot Windows Server 2019 and Windows 10 Workstations. My biggest concern is drive speeds, but that’s something that I should be able to deal with. I’ll have a single domain controller for now, with several Workstations configured for various “virtual employees”.

The Host

There are two main system’s I’ll be using my home lab on

  • Laptop (Predator Helios 300)
    • 16gb RAM
    • i7-7700HQ  CPU @ 2.8GHz
    • GTX 1060
  • Desktop (Custom built)
    • 16gb RAM
    • Xeon E3-1230 V3 @ 3.3GHz
    • Radeon R9 390 w/ 8gb vram


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