Expanding my homelab with some servers and RAM.


New additions

A few months ago I took a trip up to Courtenay to pick up some servers I won via BCAuction.

Sadly, the servers I picked up were not filled to the brim of precious DDR4 ram as I had original hoped. Ultimately, I was able to collect 64 GB’s between the 6 servers I picked up. Which is pretty great to be honest!

I picked up these servers from Courtenay:

3x ProLiant DL360 Gen9

2x ProLiant DL360p Gen8

1x ProLiant DL380p Gen8

The goal was to replace my existing Dell R710’s with some newer hardware that would be more power efficient and support later versions of ESXi.

Sadly, the final tally of my Courtenay trip only really resulted in 1 fully spec’d out server, but even then it had only 64 GB’s of RAM.

So, naturally I had to either make a choice of butchering my Dell R710’s for their RAM, or find some other source of RAM…

And so I did!

I logged into BCAuction again and placed a healthy bet on some freshly pulled RAM sticks.

Yes! I won a lovely auction for for 48 sticks of server RAM:

That’s right! My homelab just got a huge upgrade, 786 GB’s worth of an upgrade!

2 weeks later I had a nice package of RAM on my doorstep. After a bunch of testing, it looks like 6 of the modules they sent are dead. Which means I have 42 sticks of functional RAM that’ve been able to insert into my servers.


Did someone say RAM?

After another small while, I’ve completed a bit of crazy upgrade to my homelab. I think the next thing I purchase should probably be a server rack…

Here is a gallery of the new servers: