Building a home lab is a good way to learn and test technical skills.

Listed below is the setup I use for my existing and planned projects. I will update this list to reflect the evolution of the home lab.


Laptop with i5 processor and (a modest) 4 GB of RAM

Virtual Box Environment

Virtual Box internal host network

  • Ms Server 2008 Standard Edition with Active Directory
  • Windows 10 beta
  • Windows 7
  • Windows XP
  • CentOS
  • Kali Linux
  • Metasploitable - Ubuntu distro built to practice penetration testing
  • DEFT Linux - Ubuntu distro built with digital evidence and forensics tools

Current Goals

  • Build an Active Directory forest
  • Build virtual network lab
  • Upgrade RAM on host hardware