This page contains sample lab designs from various folks around the globe. They include all of the parts and pieces, at least from a general level, in order to build a home lab.
Wahl Network Home Lab by Chris Wahl – This lab features a number of different products to learn vSphere, Cisco, HP, and various protocols. A lot of the components are whitebox or purchased refurbished.
vCloud “In A Box” Design by Chris Colotti – Chris outlines a slick way to get a vCloud environment running in a home lab specifically designed around this goal. All of the components and software pieces are listed.
vHersey’s Home Lab in Workstation by Hersey Cartwright – This is the lab configuration that Hersey put together to study for the VCP5, and is run entirely inside of VMware Workstation 8 on a desktop machine.
Poor Man’s SRM Lab by Eric Shanks – You’ll see how Eric has configured his lab to run VMware’s SRM product inside of nested virtual ESXi servers with virtual NetApp simulators. I also feature this lab as a server, since the entire design relies on a single whitebox tower.
Nested HP DL380 G5 Lab by Andreas Lesslhumer – This design does a great job at laying out all of the components necessary to build out an entire lab on a server class piece of hardware. It uses openfiler, the vCSA, and nested ESXi.
VMware Home Lab Version 2 by David Hill – David has a very price-point friendly design that leverages HP compute, Iomega storage, and Netgear networking. He does a great job at outlining his design into management, vSphere, and vCloud.
Simon’s Gigabyte Brix Lab by Simon Eady – Simon does an excellent job at creating a learning lab while focusing on a low price point by using a variety of Gigabyte Brix compute, Synology storage, and Cisco small business networking.
Technobabble Home Lab by David Klee – Mix together some solid design, creative purchasing of refurbished equipment, and snappy airflow and you’ll have something similar to what David Klee has put together. He relies on HP and Supermicro compute, OpenFiler and Synology storage, and a mix of networking boxes.
vSkilled Home Lab by Karl Nyen – This super detailed post covers everything from compute, storage, networking, power consumption, fire extinguishers, and much more. A great example of how to document the entire stack from end-to-end.