- July 8th, 2011
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Building new Hacking LAB,
going to use my *new* HP Proliant N36L Microserver
At A Glance –>
- AMD Athlon™ II NEO N36L
- AMD RS785E/SB820M chipset
- Two (2) DIMM slots
- 1GB (1x1GB) Standard/8GB Maximum, using PC3-10600E DDR3 Unbuffered (UDIMM) ECC memory, operating at max. 800MHz
- Storage Controller:
- Embedded AMD SATA controller with RAID 0, 1
- Embedded AMD eSATA controller for connecting external storage devices via the eSATA connector in the rear of the server
- Storage Drive Support:
- 4 Internal HDD Support
- Maximum internal SATA storage capacity of up to 8.0TB (4 x 2TB 3.5″ SATA drives)
- Network Controller:
- Embedded NC107i PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Server Adapter
- Expansion Slots:
- Slot 1: PCI-Express Gen 2 x16 connector with x16 link
- Slot 2: PCI-Express Gen 2 x1 connector with x1 Link
- Slot 2-2: PCI-Express x4 slot for optional management card
- USB 2.0 Ports:
- Seven (7) USB 2.0 ports: 4 front , 2 rear, 1 internal (for tape)
- Power Supply:
- 150 Watts Non-Hot Plug, Non Redundant Power Supply
- Optional MicroServer Remote Access Card
- Operating System:
- Supports Windows and Red Hat Linux
- Form Factor:
- Ultra Micro tower
The GOAL: to create a server where virtual machines can be created and a virtual network can be build.
I have decided to use VMWARE for this – VMWare ESXi 4.1
This VMware vSphere Hypervisor can be downloaded here.
I had 4 x 320Gb Seagate SATA hard drives already …
|Hard Drive Spec|
The system board has a internal USB 2.0 port, I will put a USB stick in this port ,that I will be used to boot and run the VMware vSphere Hypervisor.
For this I will be using a Kingston’s DataTraveler® Ultimate 3.0 G2
Speed of USB Stick
- When plugged to a USB 3.0 system:
- Read speed up to 100MB/s
- Write speed up to 70MB/s
- When plugged to a USB 2.0 system:
- Maximum specification performance (around 30MB/s read and write
I will be upgrading the internal memory to 8GB, for this I used Kingston ValueRam KVR1333D3N9K2/8G
There is a nice video on YouTube of how to take the system board out to upgrade the memory, that can be found here.
I then put the 4 hard drives into the trays (4 trays is supplied by default) , and insert them into the drive bays.
The system comes with a 250Gb Seasgate disk, by default , I will use that for something else.
In the BIOS the RAID has to be setup, you have a choice of RAID 0 and RAID 1. I will use RAID 0 (also known as a stripe set or striped volume) for performance.
Add a 4 x 320Gb drive into one RAID 0 Volume, this will give you 1.2Tb usable drive space.
There is a 5.25″ bay for a optical drive, but I used a USB DVD-Writer, that I used to boot the boot disk I created from the VMWare ESXi 4.1 ISO image.
I then installed the VMware vSphere Hypervisor on the Kingston’s DataTraveler® Ultimate 3.0 G2 that I plugged into the internal USB port on the system board.
Remember: In the BIOS set the USB DVD-Writer to boot first.
The VMware setup starts, choose to install it to the USB Disk.
When the installation finished, it will pick up a DHCP IP address.
Browse to the url http://hackrack/
Download the Download vSphere Client.
Install the client, then connect to the VMware ESXi Server.
Add here is my own VMware vSphere Hypervisor to install my own Hacking Lab GOODIES….