Hardware Lab: PC, Servers and Network Equipment

I run a small technical consultancy and this means that I have access to a number of Windows, Linux and MacOS systems plus network attached storage.

It also means Unix Tutorial gets preferential hosting and technical support arrangements cause I use my Tech Stack consultancy skills to solve Unix Tutorial challenges and use findings from Unix Tutorial Projects to expand my technical expertise.

Here’s the list of what I currently have, meaning I can research a particular topic or perhaps even test a new scenario based on your request – just let me know!


  • A number of dedicated servers in EU datacentres, 32-64GB RAM with 250-500GB SSD storage – running a number of KVM virtual machines
  • Various EC2 instances in AWS eu-west-1 (Ireland) region
  • Some Scaleway instances for VPS experiments
  • 2023: i7 9900k based desktop system running as Proxmox server with 96GB RAM - this is now hosting most of my websites



  • 2017: MacBook Pro 2017 with latest MacOS version
  • 2023: MacBook M2 Pro 14 32GB
  • 2019: Dell XPS 9380 running Ubuntu 19.04 (and Linux Mint 19.1 before that)

Low Powered Automation Servers

  • Server for network management (Unifi on Ubuntu 18.10) – will be upgrading Ubuntu soon

Raspberry Pi for remote access (SSH/tmux server)

  • Hostname: s7
  • Model: Raspberry Pi 3 Model B Rev 1.2
  • RAM: 1GB (shared with GPU)
  • CPU: 1.2GHz Quad Core ARMv7 Processor rev 4 (v7l) Raspberry Pi with touch screen

Hostname: Becky

  • Model: Raspberry Pi 2 Model B Rev 1.1
  • RAM: 1 GB (shared with GPU)
  • CPU: 900Mhz Quad Core ARMv7 Processor rev 5 (v7l) – BCM2835

Network Attached Storage

  • Synology DS1815+ – this is a great 2-core system with 2GB RAM and excellent DSM software (7.x is a great release)
  • Helios 4 NAS based on Armbian running OpenMediaVault for 2nd tier backups – will be upgrading OMV soon

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