Setting up network for home lab- What would you do?

Discussion in 'Networking & Security' started by Outlaw85, Sep 19, 2016.

  1. Outlaw85

    Outlaw85 Gawd

    Feb 7, 2012
    I should have a 48port gigabit and 8 port fiber switch when I get home. As cheap as they were, I couldn't pass up getting them both. I'm a noob to a lot of this and especially when it comes to fiber. I'm just starting to learn it at work.

    1. Cisco Catalyst 2948G-GE-TX
    2. brocade 3250 (only supports upto 2GB SFP)

    1. HP DL360 G6- 2xE5520 64GB RAM- ESXI (No HDDs)
    2. HP DL360 G6- 2xE5520 64GB RAM- ESXI (No HDDs)
    3. S5500BC- 2xE5504 28GB RAM- ESXI (1x500GB)

    Server 3 is used as my management host for FreeNAS and the vCenter Server. FreeNAS is setup in iSCSI for the two G6s

    My questions.
    -Can I used the brocade as a dedicated storage network? I do need to buy the SFP cards for the hosts but read vmware can be finicky with SFP hardware.
    - If above is possible, Is it just having to assign the NIC to the VM?
    - I know the brocade only supports upto 2GB, is it worth messing with? I bought it because it was really cheap and I assumed I could still use it to learn.
    - Would it be preferred to just use multiple ports from the 48port? I have enough NIC cards (4x1GB) that I could use to provide 2GB or 4GB connectivity to each host or direct from host to host if possible.

    Ideally I want to wire the house to the 48port but I won't need all of them.
    I am currently cleaning up some HDDs I have to grow out FeeNAS. I'd like to have FreeNAS supply storage to the cluster and have a generic media filesystem. I assume this would just be another VM for FreeNAS or something like Win Home Server or just a generic windows box with file sharing. I'm not sure which would be optimal.

    And sorry, I wasn't sure if this should be posted in Virtualized or Networking. I chose here since my primary questions were on networking. Also, sorry if this post is a bit messy.

    Any and all input is greatly appreciated. If I wasn't clear on something please let me know.