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Intel NUC Home Lab


Intel NUC Home Lab

My home lab is based on Intel NUCs.


I have 2 x Intel NUC6i5SYH that run as ESXi 6.5 hosts.
They each have an Intel Core i5-6260U processor (2 core, 1.8GHz) and 32GB RAM.
Each has a 250GB Samsung 850 EVO M.2 SSD and a 500GB Samsung 850 EVO 2.5" SATA SSD
There is one onboard 10/100/1000 network interface, as well as a USB attached 2-port 1Gb NIC.


In addition to those, I also run an Intel NUC Skull Canyon as my main workstation. It has a 4 core Intel i7 processor, 32GB RAM, and runs Windows 10. VMware Workstation runs on this as well and is where I have my domain controller, vCenter, and one or 2 other VMs.

External storage is handled by a Synology 1515+ with 8TB usable. It serves NFS and iSCSI storage to the ESXi hosts.

All of this is connected by a Cisco SG200 8 port Gigabit Smart Switch.


Overall I'm happy with this setup, although the NUC's don't have a few features which I'd like such as IPMI or 10GbE.  However, it is very quiet and doesn't consume that much power.

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Re: Intel NUC Home Lab

Hi @wdowdle 


Nice setup - can you share a link to the 'USB attached 2-port 1Gb NIC.' I'd be interested in picking one up. Thanks for sharing. 

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Re: Intel NUC Home Lab

I have the StarTech 2-port adapter.  There's also a single port option.