Setting up my Homelab

I have seen a lot of videos about people setting up their own Homelabs with crazy infrastructure right at home, and I always wanted to build one for myself. I finally managed to do that, so in this post, I am going to briefly detail out what exactly I have done, and how I use it.

Why a homelab?

Why not? Having a couple of machines to just toy around with is always good. I can most definitely use Raspberry Pi, but the prices of those is significantly higher than just buying old PCs in India at least. And the main reason for me was I wanted to learn more about networking and how to set up a server. I have been using Linux for a while now, and have deployed cloud servers, but I have never really set up a server from scratch. So this was a good opportunity to learn more about it.

What I have

  • 3x Dell Optiplex 7010
  • 1x 4 Port Gigabit Switch That's about it. kind of a small setup, but I am still learning. Each of the optiplex have 4 cores and 16GB of memory.

What I use it for

I would want to deploy my portfolio site on there but since my ISP is not giving dedicated public ip to me, I can't do that. I am currently using it to host a few services on my local network, and access most of them by using Tailscale MagicDNS. The services that I am currently running are:

  • Plex
  • Nextcloud
  • PiHole
  • Portainer
  • Traefik
  • Unifi Controller

How I set it up

For the complete setup, I just decided to go with something more enterprisy. So I decided to install Proxmox on each of those systems with one of them acting as the main control plane, and other two are nodes. This way I can create as many services and VMs as I want (ofc this is less considering there's only 12 cores to work with).

I decided to use Terraform in order to spin up the machines since that seemed only logical. Have 2 birds in 1 stone. I always wanted to learn Terraform and this was a good opportunity to do so. I will write another blog post about how I set up the infrastructure using Terraform.

So what's next?

Over the next coming days, I will be writing a lot more posts on how I set up each of the services, and how I use them. This is just the first post in the series. I will also be writing about how I set up the infrastructure using Terraform. So stay tuned for that.