Build Your Own HomeLab - Get That Experience

the best way to learn and play with tech is a homelab!!

4.70 (5 reviews)
Network & Security
4.5 hours
May 2022
last update
regular price

What you will learn

How to get started setting up your HomeLab

Different parts of a HomeLab, including hardware (Racks, Computers, Servers, Network, Storage) and Software

Creating a VMware vSphere 7.0 homelab

Providing further understanding and a general knowledgebase on key IT technologies

Building ESXi hosts and Windows Server


In this course we will cover all things HomeLab! If you are new to tech, wanting to learn more about tech, or have been in tech for sometime, this course will give you the foundation tools and tips to deploy your own homelab environment and get the skills to learn more about tech!

We'll talk about HomeLab setup, Hardware requiremetns and how to deploy your own VMware vSphere environment. We'll also talk about how you can start setting up and building your own VM's!

In this course we’ll cover -

- What is a HomeLab and how to get started

- What are the different parts of a HomeLab

- Hardware ideas for a HomeLab including Rack Cabinets, Computers, Servers, Network, Storage

- What software could you use to get started in your lerning

- What is VMware, vCenter, ESXi and how to use them

- How to install, setup and configure your own VMware environment

- How to build, configure and manage Virtual Machines (VM's)

Do I need to be an expert?

No, this course is designed for people who are excited about technology and want to tinker with more tech at home, it could be for your own learning or to get better at your current IT job.

Why this course?

This course will be easy to understand, and will give you an overview of the necessary skills to start and build your own HomeLab, along with some ideas on what you can learn about.

Of course this is only the beginning of your learning journey. Continuing to improve on your tech skills more and more will help you in being a highly skilled IT tech, and having your own HomeLab is the best way to do this!


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Laying a Foundation

What is a Lab Network

The Hardware

Build Ideas
Where to Store your HomeLab?
The Server/Comms Cabinet
Cables, Labels…Be Organised
Internet, Firewalls, Routers, Wifi
Physical Servers
Rack Servers vs Desktop
Storage, SAN & NAS
Does everything need to be left on?
Datacenters vs Server Rooms vs Comms Rooms (Optional)
Inside a Datacentre (Optional)

Setup the Environment

VMware 101
Download VMware ESXi
Install VMware ESXi
Basic Overview of ESXi
Adding an ISO to a Datastore
Setting up a NFS Datastore - Synology NAS (Optional)

Building some VM’s

Building a VM
Using the Console
Installing VMware Tools
How many VM's per Host?
Building a Windows Server (Optional)
Building a Linux Ubuntu Server (Optional)

Servers & Software

Server Build Ideas
What is a Domain and AD
What is DNS
Setting up a Domain and Active Directory
Using a DHCP Server
Bind a Windows Computer to AD

Good Housekeeping

Asset Registers & Network Diagrams
Monitoring Your Network





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