Andrew Connell

Home office setup (geek pr0n) :)

My home office setup. On the desk is my primary machine, Dell Latitude D820 (2Ghz Centrino Duo, 4GB, 80GB SATA 7200RPM HDD, 2nd modular 7200RPM IDE / DVD+-DL), beautiful Viewsonic VA1912wb 21" widescreen, Uniden wireless phones, Treo 700wx, Zune, wireless USB mouse, two WD 5400 RPM USB drives, and my MSFT Wireless Notebook Presenter Mouse 8000. In the desk is my switch for this side of my network, Vonage router, and old skool KVM). On the stand is my all-in-one scanner/printer/copier Epson CX4200 and franken-server running Win2003 Server x64, AD, SQL2005 x64, Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 x64, VMWare Server 1.0.3 and SubVersion (AMD 3800, dual core 2Ghz x64, 4GB, two mirrored 250GB 7200RPM SATA drives for OS & data, one WD Raptor 150GB 10,000RPM for virtual machines) and two battery backups (server getting a 1hr one, the desk stuff getting a 15m one) under the stand. Behind the camera is where the DSL modem, router, and “home” PC is located.

Anmiated GIF

Following in Scott’s posts on the Ultimate Developer Rig and Steve Harman’s home network post , I decided I’d throw a shot of my workspace at home that is quite modest, but does a great job.

This is only a portion of the Connell Home Network, but it’s the hub (minus the Media Center in the living room that has all the music, photos and videos). I do most of my work on my laptop, but these days living in the world of SharePoint, I spend a considerable amount of time in the virtual world. That little tower to the right is where the work happens. While the host OS is the hub of the house (running Win2003 Server x64 with AD and SQL 2005 x64), the bulk of the work is going on in Virtual Server machines (or VMWare Server machines which I’m contemplating a move to from the MSFT virtualization products).

Yes, the desk is a bit of a mess… just got back from a week-long vacation on the beach.

Been playing with the idea of adding a second machine as a hard core virtualization box and leaving the white one as a home server of sorts. I am definitely going to go with that Antec Gun Metal Black case that’s built to kill noise as my current box is a bit to noisy. Also need to spend some time and making it more of a quiet box, adding some foam and quieter fans.

Hey Spence , notice the little blue placard on the all-in-one? Still have yours? :)

Oh… better not tell my wife about my idea for a 2nd LDC and mounting them on the wall. :P

Andrew Connell
Developer & Chief Course Artisan, Voitanos LLC. | Microsoft MVP
Written by Andrew Connell

Andrew Connell is a web developer with a focus on Microsoft Azure & Microsoft 365. He’s received Microsoft’s MVP award every year since 2005 and has helped thousands of developers through the various courses he’s authored & taught. Andrew’s the founder of Voitanos and is dedicated to delivering industry-leading on-demand video training to professional developers. He lives with his wife & two kids in Florida.