what is your power pc?

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  1. Juelz

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    What do you use to do all your lab work on? I currently use a macbook pro (late 2012) as my main system to run my VMs on, its a 2.5Ghz Intel Core i5 with a 250GB SSD and 16GB of RAM. Does the job no real intention of upgrading anytime soon, apple hardware is quite reliable I can honestly see myself getting 3 more years out of it at a bare minimum.
     
  2. SimonD

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    This is still my lab - http://everything-virtual.com/home-lab-environment-2/

    It now runs vSphere 6.5 rather than 6.0 but it still works a treat, all told it's 112GB of ram, the Microserver can only take 16GB of ram.
     
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    nice setup there mate, I often regret purchasing my mac, in total after upgrades I spent about 1k on it, I could have got a power horse of a windows machine for that money with double the amount of RAM I have now.. I can get away with running 3 VMS on the hardware I have now but its a push.
     
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    HP Proliant Microserver N40L picked up from Ebay, added 16GB Ram and some spare drives i had lying about, also came with an extra dual nic Gigabit card
    Installed Esxi 6.5 Free Edition
    Runs so far a couple of servers, OpenVPN and one windows box so far without issue

    now just need to lab properly on it
     
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    Recently given away everything I had to a charity near to me. I'm now left a 2017 Macbook pro, maxed out spec so handy for a little mobile lab although only 16GB ram. I also have a QNAP NAS TS431 I think it is, does a bit of virtualisation etc, good little device, so I'm in the market for some new kit, don't know what.
     
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    I have 2x Dell R620s with 96GB each, 40GB nics
    I have a custom build 2016 server with 50TB of Storage Spaces including a few SSDs for cache also on the 40GB network
    I have a Tranquil PC v6XD cluster with i5NUC Head and two Xeon-D nodes with NVME and SSDs that fits in a flight case (use this for demos or labs on the go) unfortunately its the 1GB version not the 10GB version
    I have an Intel Skull Canyon with 32GB and 2TB NVME that I use as a portable lab that can fit in my bag
    and I carry a 2017 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar for my day to day work, don't lab much on it but it does have a Windows 10 bootcamp/parallels image that I use as well as macOS

    Oh and I have a power bill... that tops $300 a month in the summer :/
     
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    Very nice Ryan. Not that you'll do it often but don't you find that Macbook Pro is an absolute joke battery wise running Windows in any shape, Fusion, Bootcamp etc. It's very light and pretty but it hates Windows it seems (on battery)
     
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  8. Phoenix
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    oh yeah battery is a joke on that, but I have a the cool little tiny macbook and a Surface Laptop for ultraportables :)
    and my little macbook can charge from my battery bank if it needs to, so i generally don't hit too many headaches, if the big boy is coming out it's near power :)
     
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    I have a Macbook Pro 15" 2015 edition (i7, 16GB, and 256GB SSD) that I use as my main computer with Parallels and a few VMs, although I don't run Windows on the MacBook, I typically run either Ubuntu or Mint Linux as VMs with MacOS being the main OS I use.

    I also have a Gaming PC for one purpose mainly, but I also do have Hyper-V deployed on it since it has 32GB of Memory and I added a dedicated SSD for the VMs as well.

    I also have two ESXi hosts (white boxes) with 64GB of memory total. vSphere 6.5 Update 1 deployed on it and I mainly use these servers for testing various apps. I don't do the same type of labs like I used where I kept an AD infrastructures at all times and SQL servers, etc.

    I honestly want to get rid of the lab and have something mobile rather than something fixed in one location.
     
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    Guys can you tell me what's the advantage of working on a Mac? If you work mainly with Vsphere and things managed via web then you don't need Windows I guess. They are nice devices and all but I can't see the superiority in typical IT jobs, especially when working with Wintel stuff. Of course you can have a VM for this but you could as well have a linux laptop and a Windows VM...
     
  11. Phoenix
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    I run an Azure practice, I often get this question
    'you're a Microsoft guy, why do you use a mac'

    reason 1. Superior hardware, i mean I lugged this thing on over 100'000 miles of travel around the world last year, it looks brand new, it has never blinked, it's never not powered on, and i can take it to an Apple Store anywhere on earth if anything crops up
    reason 2. Cross Platform exposure. 40% of Azure workloads are not on Windows, I need a platform that I can test my tooling and code against various scenarios, the Mac provides me a platform that I can run macOS, Linux and Windows on, nothing else does
    reason 3. Not a huge reason, but I enjoy some of the macOS apps, and again, on a Mac I can run Windows and macOS apps, so I can get the best of both worlds

    I could get more POWERFUL hardware in a Windows platform, but this suits my need and has a good balance between form, function, and global availability of repair and accessories
     
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