I’m a junior System Engineer and new to this job. The most of my friends have a Lab (but now old Hardware). Now I have also decided to build my own Lab. I want to build a VMware vCenter / Cluster and a Software iSCSI, FcoE or SANs.
Then I want to install 2003 - 2012 R2 Server’s so that I have some Domain controllers, File Servers and Exchange (2007 - 2013) Servers. Then I want to experiment with Failover clusters, Network clusters and other Windows Server stuff like DFS etc.
So now to my main question. Which Hardware should I buy for my purpose? What is the latest cheapest solution for me? I heard Dell has the cheapest Server Hardware. Do you have a similar Lab at home? If no how are you testing and experimenting? We don’t have time in the company. I have VirtualBox but this is not enough for my needs.
Many thanks in advance