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My Office is coming along nicely now and my Homelab changed a bit during this time – its still very much Work In Progress but i have  usable lab which i am starting to setup fully.

Originally I planned on using a  HP DL380 G5 and a few HP Microservers for my lab – but i changed my mind.. Instead I opted for a HP XW6600 Workstation: HP XW6600

I got this off Ebay for about £100 – this was fairly Bare bones but had a Semi Decent Xeon Processor – E5440 @ 2.83GHz

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Reasons for the this workstation:

  • Supports Virtualization
  • Can take 48GB of RAM (possibly 64GB still to confirm)
  • Plenty of Space in the chassis for upgrades / expansion

You will also see from the above Image – It upgraded to Windows 10 with no issues at all – so I am now running Workstation 12.

I have installed 2 SATA drives – One for OS and a 2TB for VMs – but I just bought a 2.5″ Caddy to install an SSD which i will migrate my OS over to very shortly.

Also the Motherboard can take another CPU so I will end up with 2 x Xeon Processors (last time looked on Ebay they were around £15 – £20 for a CPU)

UPDATE: I purchased another CPU for £14 on Ebay Used, and realized that the Heatsink was actually going to cost more.  I purchased a used Heatsink for £30 and got this installed.  This now has 2 x Xeons CPUs with 8 Cores

UPDATE 2: I ordered 64GB RAM off Ebay for £90, The HP Specs state 32GB but so far I have added 48 GB and it is working fine.  Looks like I may have an issue with one of the DIMMS, so leaving it at 48GB for Now and will try again soon.

UPDATE 3: I ordered an SSD (Listed below) and I have used EaseUS Todo Backup Free to Clone my HDD to SSD

I now have 3 x Monitors; 2 x 22″ and 1 x 27″ which are hooked up to my MacBook Pro, see Three External Monitors Post


I am using Microsoft Remote Desktop to connect to my Lab PC and I have a couple of Linux Servers and a Kali Pi which i either use SSH or I have No Machine setup

These are all setup on Wall Mount Cantilevers so i can move them all around as necessary

Heres a list of what i have bought:

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