This is something I have been wanting to write up for a very long time now - a summery of what my homelab looks like every year. Altough given my current lack of time and motivation I am not sure if I will manage to write one post every year.
This is the most recent upgrade to my lab. This year I finally managed to upgrade the old hardware, replacing the old AMD Athlon X2 240e with a “new” Intel Pentium G4400 and upgrade the RAM to 16GB. I also added two new 10TB WD whitelabel drives I shucked from their external drive lineup. The old drives are now either in storage or used as backup drives as they are almost 9 years old. Yeah, that’s very old but I also kind of want to see how long those old Samsung drives are going to last.
The most important change was probably the OS. Up until the end of January I was using Windows Home Server 2011, which was soon to be EOL. So when I began the rebuild I chucked in a 120GB NVMe drive to replace the old SSD and installed my trusted Debian on it. With this I was finally Windows-free (as far as bare-metal installs are concerned, I still have a couple Windows VMs).
This also allowed me to move all my files to a ZFS filesystem. The two 10TB HDDs are in a mirror and three of the old 2TB drives are in a RAIDZ1 configuration.
In case I need more storage I need to buy two additional drives, but that’s a price I am willing to pay for all the extra features ZFS provides, like snapshots and file integrity checking. In the future I might want to upgrade to 10G ethernet when cheaper NICs are available.