Back in the day when IBM PC XT/AT compatible was introduced in 1984 with microprocessor Intel 80286, building PC was quite cumbersome. Not only slow, booting up with Floppy disk, DOS a non GUI interface, also upgrading RAM memory was so tedious. You need special chip socket tool to insert every chips on the motherboard instead of using memory slots to insert memory cards.
When it comes to home labs my main focus is the size, power, heat, noise, performance, and budget factors. On top of that the IT field encompasses a host of various technologies and many of us are striving to master different concepts. Today my lab is primarily geared towards Microsoft technologies, specifically Hyper-V. To maximize server performance, It’s important to consider the best CPU, high speed RAM with at least 16 GB, multiple disk arrays
I have tested Windows 10 (Professional version), 2012 R2 (Server) and several Virtual Machines: VMWare, Virtual Box and Hyper-V, with minimum memory I have, I found it’s best to run on Windows 2012 server with Hyper-V virtual machine. I created 4 servers on separate disks: