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Well, build log, profession advancement... The works I guess!! :) Complete and Total Overkill part 3!!

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Well, how do I start this thread going...

So, little bit of background.. When I left school (16), went to college (3 years) finished college and tried to get a job IT.. Never worked, nothing got me close to IT work (did everything under the sun and inbetween) until about 2 and a bit years ago, I finally got my chance (about 18 years after lol) so when I got my chance I took it :)

Now two and a bit years later, I've been given some amazing kit to use and try at home so I'm trying to think how I can use that better than what I'm currently doing.. So, this is a bit of a project log of the journey I take and setup for testing or just even getting to grips with things. Now I think it might interest some, it might bore others and others might think, what the heck is he doing...

Well I've recently had a bump into the Infrastructure side of things, so a step up from the service desk/desktop support role I had previously.

As I'm a huge hardware loon, I like to get my hands on things and use things that will make use of what I have. This is one of the reasons why I run WCG and FAH on so many machines at home, A because I have them and B with solar power, it's free whilst the sun is out, so why the heck not...
But aside from the masses of CPU power I have at home, I'd like to do different things as well, so things like creating a domain, setting up a file server, print server and whatever else I can think of, even with some input from everyone here, I'd love to learn and do more and more and push myself with the tech I have access to and I've been given so that rather than it just sitting there, I'm actually making some use of it and more so learning more to push my career forward.

So now all the boring text is out the way, I'd just like to ask about the forum to see if anyone else 'bothers' with this sort of thing at their home, whatever the scale. I know we have a Homelab section which I love seeing @Solaris17 and everyone else that post in there (apologies for not mentioning everyone!!) I'm also going to be hopefully following some of Solaris17's guides in setting things up that he has done via his YouTube, so I'm looking forward to that.

So, for starters then I'm thinking I'd like to start with something that I can build a domain on. So, if anyone has any ideas of some specs I should be using or any suggestions at all, I'll willingly take that on board and see what I can find at home. I've a few things I think I should get out the cupboard (so to speak) and make use of :) I'm not sure if I'm honest a Domain Controller would need to do a massive amount of work, but I'll hopefully find out soon enough :)

Some things I'd like to touch on with my project is Linux, VMWare (or just VM's in general) and learning about Group Policies (from scratch) and then maybe moving on to Clusters and maybe a bit of something more in dept like NetApp storage or setting up something similar.. I'll also add in some networking fun as well..... I'm sure that list will grow :)

So I'll stop boring everyone to death now and look forward to some comments and such :) I'll see if I can add some photo's at some point to this first post (or second) and then it'll hopefully look a little more pleasing than a load of text and me waffling on... :)
Thanks for looking anyone who makes it this far!! :)
 
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Right, some update photo's for the few bits of kit around the house.....

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Now as the crazy is out in the open (and still I may add a load more crazy to come if I'm honest...) with everything I have here, I intend on making the most of, especially the servers :) So, as it's been a bus weekend I'm hoping to get a few things sussed out in my head of what I'd like to use and do for the Domain Controller setup. I think I have another PSU spare floating around at the moment, so I should be fine for a little while..

Aside from the X99 rig I use everyday, I'd like to eventually swap that out, definitely will be AMD but I do look forward to finishing off my Intel collection as well. I'm still trying to track down the EVGA X99 Classified motherboard which hasn't gone so well so far... (if anyone knows of a complete retail packaged and near mint condition board with accessories please please please do let me know :)) I'm looking to try and get either the Classified or the X99 OCF board in the X9 case on my desk, had it for a while now and not even close to putting it in!! I'd like some new tubing at least for my build and possibly a new pump and res combination. It would also be great to grab a few other loops whilst I'm at it for various other builds but with no money, I have more important things to worry about first and foremost... (Sometimes I hate being a grown up!!)

So, here's a few pics to look through (I remembered thumbnails this time!!) whenever you fancy :) If anyone has any suggestions with regards to hardware for my DC, please let me know here :) Best get to bed now considering tomorrow will be a crappy day as I have to take my eldest daughter back to her Mum and we both don't particularly enjoy the drive or the doing it... Still, until next time :)
 
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Why don't you sell that obsolete junk and get some current gen stuff.
 

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Would a mod mind deleting my post 2 and put this one in number 2 instead please?? I forgot that I can't edit posts after a day.... :(
Done, and edit time is unlocked on first two posts :) Your house looks like a hardware enthusiasts treasure trove! :D
 
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Thats a beautiful establishment You have there :D
Your command center is great, Im working on mine atm too!
No chance to match up to @phill-senpai though! :D
...my wife is already complaining about parts boxes etc under our bed :laugh:
 
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Why don't you sell that obsolete junk and get some current gen stuff.
To which hardware are you referring too??

Done, and edit time is unlocked on first two posts :) Your house looks like a hardware enthusiasts treasure trove! :D
I am trying but I also have two children and a misses to fit in, I mean, I think I might need a bigger house.... Some of the hardware is hidden and out of the way, sadly a lot of it is up in the loft which I have tried to make sure it's a constant temp up there, I really don't want any hardware up there to die (not that it's powered on etc)..... I do love my hardware and sadly I still have a list a mile long to get hold of kit to go with the rest of it... I know people think that I'm crazy and that's fine, they are entitled to their opinion but me don't care :D :D

Thats a beautiful establishment You have there :D
Your command center is great, Im working on mine atm too!
No chance to match up to @phill-senpai though! :D
...my wife is already complaining about parts boxes etc under our bed :laugh:
Thank you @Lorec :) I've lived here about 9 years so far, when I bought it I made sure it had one room where there was a load of power and everywhere was networked.. I made sure of that!! :D :D I've got a few systems I'd love still to buy and have but I would have uses for all of the kit :) WCG comes to mind and a LAN Gaming suite is also planned for the new home :)
As a very good friend of mine knows what I'm like, it's a go big or go home type attitude with us :D :D @TheMadDutchDude can verify I'm a bit of a loon :D :D Oh, here's a pic tho, that might show it a little better...

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Sadly that was back when I had some nice big monitors... I miss big res screens :( 3 x 3008 monitors, what a glorious sight it was :D
 
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To which hardware are you referring too??
I dunno, maybe the 6 generation old GPUs and 10 year old platforms?
 
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That is ridiculous and called HOARDING :). I've been a review in the industry for over 10 years and never have I accumulated that much stuff... wow.

My OCD and need to be neat just makes me want to sit in the corner in the fetal position and rock back and forth until it is cleaned up. :p
 
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I dunno, maybe the 6 generation old GPUs and 10 year old platforms?
That's still used on a daily basis, thankfully solar panels help with the lack of worry when it comes to efficiencies etc :) Some stuff is just boxed and kept for sentimental reasons which is stored away and I don't worry about it :)

That is ridiculous and called HOARDING :). I've been a review in the industry for over 10 years and never have I accumulated that much stuff... wow.

My OCD and need to be neat just makes me want to sit in the corner in the fetal position and rock back and forth until it is cleaned up. :p
Well as it's being used, I can't see it as hoarding but I enjoy the hardware and it's a hobby for me :) When I do move, I am looking forward to a mass tidy up. If I can get some time before I move then work and baby allowing, I will be in there cleaning and clearing stuff out and away :) I'd like to get a few more cases so I can get a few systems housed as at the moment, them being open test benches isn't the best thing in the world :)
I have OCD in that I need it tidy and it's far from it at the moment, but eventually given some extra cash flow and such, I'll get it to where I want it to be :) The servers are part of a give away I'm doing. If I could get some answers back from companies about boxes and protective packaging, I'll get rid of some of those as well :)

There was a post in another thread, if you think this is bad, then wait till you see that ;)
 
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I just enjoy the hardware, I keep hold of somethings and rarely sell as I always end up needing what I sell. Drives me nuts having to buy twice!! lol

The loft has a lot of the boxes etc kept out the way, not masses of hardware up there but enough that I'd like to get down and get in use but it all costs money which I don't have. I've not spent anything on hardware in quite some time. Servers etc where all freebies which is what lead me to the idea of a give away to our WCG Team :)
The conservatory keeps hold of my servers and rack, that will definitely get emptied out soon enough :)

Check here for the post I meant :)
 
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