Random ramblings of an IT Systems Engineer

Building my VMware home lab

I recently decided to start building my own home VMware Lab.  I signed up for VMUG Advantage and after much debate I recently bought the following to get started.

Intel NUC NUC6i5SYH Amazon
G.SKILL 32GB DDR4 Kit Amazon
Samsung 850 Pro 256GB SSD Amazon
SanDisk Ultra Fit 16GB Flash Drive Amazon

I eventually plan to buy a 2nd NUC and a Synology NAS but I wanted to get started on my build so I bought one just to get going. I chose the NUC for it’s low power consumption and compact size.  I have a 5th Generation NUC as my home desktop and have been happy with it up to this point so I thought I’d try it out as a lab device.

I originally planned to use an SD card as my boot device but much like fgrehl over at I have not been successful up to this point so I’m switching over to a USB flash drive.

I’ll be documenting my findings, frustrations and everything else here on the blog.

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