Intel NUC Home Lab

  • 1 December 2017
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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 SSDThere 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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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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I have the StarTech 2-port adapter. There's also a single port option.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00D8XTOD0/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o08_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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I've went and built a similar nutanix setup with just a single node, with a skull canyon. That said I was blown away at how much memory the CVM is using. 16GB out the door with no other VM on it. Is that normal? Apologies for the noob question, coming from the Simplivity world.
I've went and built a similar nutanix setup with just a single node, with a skull canyon. That said I was blown away at how much memory the CVM is using. 16GB out the door with no other VM on it. Is that normal? Apologies for the noob question, coming from the Simplivity world.
Yes, it is by default. you can redeuce it. I reduced it to 8GB in my 3node lab. Follow this link for more info. https://next.nutanix.com/blog-40/part-i-how-to-setup-a-three-node-nuc-nutanix-ce-cluster-15257
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gsonty-59890,

Thanks so much for that. Coming from the Simplivity world, I have to say I'm amazed at how far Nutanix has grown in 3 years time.
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I have the StarTech 2-port adapter. There's also a single port option.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00D8XTOD0/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o08_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1



Hi, what ( or how) do we need to configure this "Star tech USB to 2 Port 1Gb nics"? is it plug and play. Im keen on getting one for my 3 NUCs. Thanks in advance.
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Hi @gsonty-59890

Have you looked over at YouTube - lots of great tutorial videos that can help. 👍

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