Self-Hosting Update 2021!

By thunderwood

Last year, I posted about my first ever homelab setup.  It was a humble little project, that has now been dwarfed by the current setup.  Below I will showcase what I have been up to in my free time in the past year, from hardware upgrades to software and services.


Hardware upgrades are as follows:

  • R320
    • Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2450 0 @ 2.10GHz
    • 24g RAM
    • 6 TB SAS 15k
  • C220 M3
    • 2 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2690 v2 @ 3.00GHz
    • 256g RAM
    • 12 TB SAS 15k
  • PowerEdge 2950 (1)
    • 2 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2450 0 @ 2.10GHz
    • 24 Gb Ram
    • 2 146gb 15k
    • 2 73gb 15k
  • PowerEdge 2950 (2)
    • 2 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2450 0 @ 2.10GHz
    • 8 Gb Ram
    • 2 146gb 15k
    • 1 750gb SATA
  • Ubiquiti 24G
  • Ubiquiti AP AC PRO
  • Ubiquiti HD Nano


Rack as of MAR2021 - Cable Management is Needed
Dishy McFlatFace

Software and Services

Along with the dramatic increase in hardware, I have deployed a multitude of services across my home network.  The following may seem as a bit “too much” for a home network, but don’t worry I also deployed Ansible to make it not so. *Insert laughing emoji*?

You can look forward to in-depth reviews, guides, and talks on these services in the future.  In the mean-time, regularly head over to the Community Wiki to see what’s in progress!

List Overview

  • Active Directory
  • AD CA
  • HASS
  • Unifi
  • Node-Red
  • Ansible
  • PBIS AD on Linux Machines
  • 62 and Counting Smart Devices w/ custom firmware
  • Organizr V2
  • vSAN for Cluster
  • pfBlockerNG
  • Grafana (w/ Starlink Metrics Int.)
  • Photo Server
  • SSO w/ Keycloak
  • Wireguard Self-Host Tunnels
  • ELK Stack
  • Security Onion V2
  • Nextcloud Setup (Mimics Onedrive)
  • Bookstack (Community Wiki)
  • Mailcow
  • VScode Server
  • TVHeadend
  • Yacht

A Look Forward

As stated before, expect to see a slew of articles regarding the above topics to come out.  I am excited about the starting of the Digital Metaverse Community, and I hope you are excited to be a part of it!  With the creation of collaborative services such as the wiki and dedicated discord server, we have seen the community start to grow in such an awesome way.  If you find yourself new to the “realm”, feel free to hop in the discord!