Home Lab: Storage

I went through a few iterations of figuring out how I wanted my storage. And it’s not done yet. Each of my ESX hosts has a 250GB HDD on it. ESXi is installed on there, and the rest is VMFS space available if needed. The shared storage for the ESX hosts is a 3rd physical host that I have had for a while. The hardware stats are as follows:

Asus P5Q-Deluxe Motherboard

Intel Core2Duo E6850 3.0Ghz


4GB Sandisk Extreme USB (FreeNAS OS Boot)

750GB 7200 RPM HDD

500GB 7200 RPM HDD


4-Port Intel PCIe NIC

FreeNAS Home

I have this in an extremely simple setup so far. I have taken 2 of the NIC’s and created an LACP LAGG in FreeNAS:


The 2 ports in the LAGG are connected to ports fa0/23 and fa0/24 on the switch. These two ports are configured into an LACP etherchannel.

sh etherchannel


I am currently, for the sake of getting things going, only serving 1 volume. I created a 500 gig volume with one of the HDD’s.

FreeNAS Volumes

Until I setup iSCSI at a later point, The volume is shared with NFS.


The NFS share is mounted on both hosts.


Stay tuned for the update, including iSCSI, the SSD, and some performance testing.