I am currently in the planning stages of building a new home server to replace my HP MediaSmart EX470 and the rack-mounted boxes in my lab. I am confident that I can build a machine that performs all of my lab duties, as well as the functions of my home server (account synchronization, serving media, storing computer backups).
I plan on installing VMWare vSphere Hypervisor on the machine and installing the following VMs:
- Windows Server 2008 R2 – act as a domain controller for the home network
- pfSense – router/firewall for the home network, as well as a VPN provider (site-to-site and road-warrior)
- something to serve up Active Directory-protected shares (individual user network spaces and computer backup repository) and public/anonymous read-only shares (media)
- various Linux VMs for lab purposes
I plan on posting more parts as this comes along and will cover topics including hardware selection, software selection (for the NAS part), and configuration.