If I don't count the SATA drives (since all the NAS boxes usually came in without drives too) I'll be able to show you that this homemade NAS box is costing only 358.83€.
Qnap TS 459 Pro+ costs 834,90€ and Synology DS-411+ costs 629,90€ at Materiel.net at the time I'm writing those lines. Those devices are the ones I was thinking about to buy and it was also Didier's or Kendrick's choice for their home labs. Didier and Kendrick are fellow bloggers which I appreciate and I'm not saying that those NAS devices aren't the right choice, but I just wanted to show a low cost version of VMware Home lab, since not everybody is rich enough to possibly put €1000 to a dedicated NAS device. And I wanted also experiment a bit … -:) and trying to bring the costs for the NAS box as down as possible.
I might not get the performance of a commercial NAS box but it does not matter, I can still recycle the box later for a home theater or Archive/backup destination box if I want to or Windows SMB storage box.
That's all for the introductory hardware part. See you in next part where I'll do the assembling the pieces together and installing the solution.
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