Hey all, have been looking around the net for a place where I can get decent advice on a lab setup and tech-forums appears to be the solution. I hope you can all help a new member with some advice
I'm in the process of moving house and when we're setup there I want to get myself a proper lab setup for help with my future certs and learning new technologies. I've been asked by my employer to tackle the Hyper-V certs and then move on to the System Centre varieties (SCCM, SCOM, etc) and whilst my laptop has sufficed in the past (running vmware) the hyper-v MS Press Book requires a complete setup in order to get the most from it.
Whilst I could probably do this without having to do the exercises I want to get the most from my studies and there are things I could do in my own lab that I couldn't do on the work domain.
My question boils down to this; I want to get a 2 machines with the specs listed below, would I be better off building them myself or just buying them online? If anyone has a similiar lab setup that they use for studying then any other advice would be greatly appreciated.
Specs required for both machines;
x64 Virtualization compatible CPU (e.g. Intel-VT or AMD-V)
DEP Capable CPU (for Hyper-V)
4 GB RAM (with the possibility of upgrading in the future)
2 x HDDs (want to RAID 1 them just incase so atleast 500GB)
2 x NICs (1 PCI, 1 on board)
If I were to build it myself then are there any suggestion on a MB and CPU? I'm not fussed about the speed of the CPU as I'm hardly going to max them and if I did cause slow-down it's not a production environment so isn't going to matter all that much.
Nor am I fussed whether it be Intel or AMD, am thinking possibly the latter as last time I built myself a PC (about 3 years ago) AMD were cheaper though arguably not as good as their intel counterparts.
The most important part in all of this though is of course; the budget. I'm hoping to get some funding from my employer though I'd expect my budget is going to be in the region of £800 - £1000 for the lot (i.e. Up to £500 per machine).
I'm sure this is do-able but was hoping to get advice from those who may have a similiar setup or words of warning when it comes to this kind of thing.
Any advice is greatly appreciated