Building new Hacking LAB,

going to use my *new* HP Proliant N36L Microserver



At A Glance –>

  • Processor:
    • AMD Athlon™ II NEO N36L
    • AMD RS785E/SB820M chipset
  • Memory:
    • Two (2) DIMM slots
    • 1GB (1x1GB) Standard/8GB Maximum, using PC3-10600E DDR3 Unbuffered (UDIMM) ECC memory, operating at max. 800MHz
  • Storage Controller:
    • Embedded AMD SATA controller with RAID 0, 1
    • Embedded AMD eSATA controller for connecting external storage devices via the eSATA connector in the rear of the server
  • Storage Drive Support:
    • 4 Internal HDD Support
    • Maximum internal SATA storage capacity of up to 8.0TB (4 x 2TB 3.5″ SATA drives)
  • Network Controller:
    • Embedded NC107i PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Server Adapter
  • Expansion Slots:
    • Slot 1: PCI-Express Gen 2 x16 connector with x16 link
    • Slot 2: PCI-Express Gen 2 x1 connector with x1 Link
    • Slot 2-2: PCI-Express x4 slot for optional management card
  • USB 2.0 Ports:
    • Seven (7) USB 2.0 ports: 4 front , 2 rear, 1 internal (for tape)
  • Power Supply:
    • 150 Watts Non-Hot Plug, Non Redundant Power Supply
  • Management:
    • Optional MicroServer Remote Access Card
  • Operating System:
    • Supports Windows and Red Hat Linux
  • Form Factor:
    • Ultra Micro tower

The GOAL: to create a server where virtual machines can be created and a virtual network can be build.

I have decided to use VMWARE for this – VMWare ESXi 4.1

This VMware vSphere Hypervisor can be downloaded here.

I had 4 x 320Gb Seagate SATA hard drives already …


Hard Drive Spec
Model Number ST3320413AS
Interface SATA 6Gb/s
Cache 16MB
Capacity 320GB

The system board has a internal USB 2.0 port, I will put a USB stick in this port ,that I will be used to boot and run the VMware vSphere Hypervisor.


For this I will be using a Kingston’s DataTraveler® Ultimate 3.0 G2


Speed of USB Stick

  • When plugged to a USB 3.0 system:
    • Read speed up to 100MB/s
    • Write speed up to 70MB/s
  • When plugged to a USB 2.0 system:
    • Maximum specification performance (around 30MB/s read and write

I will be upgrading the internal memory to 8GB, for this I used Kingston ValueRam KVR1333D3N9K2/8G


There is a nice video on YouTube of how to take the system board out to upgrade the memory, that can be found here.

I then put the 4 hard drives into the trays (4 trays is supplied by default) , and insert them into the drive bays.

The system comes with a 250Gb Seasgate disk, by default , I will use that for something else.

In the BIOS the RAID has to be setup, you have a choice of RAID 0 and RAID 1. I will use RAID 0 (also known as a stripe set or striped volume) for performance.

Add a 4 x 320Gb drive into one RAID 0 Volume, this will give you 1.2Tb usable drive space.

There is a 5.25″ bay for a optical drive, but I used a USB DVD-Writer, that I used to boot the boot disk I created from the VMWare ESXi 4.1 ISO image.


I then installed the VMware vSphere Hypervisor on the Kingston’s DataTraveler® Ultimate 3.0 G2 that I plugged into the internal USB port on the system board.

Remember: In the BIOS set the USB DVD-Writer to boot first.

The VMware setup starts, choose to install it to the USB Disk.

When the installation finished, it will pick up a DHCP IP address.

Browse to the url http://hackrack/


Download the Download vSphere Client.

Install the client, then connect to the VMware ESXi Server.


Add here is my own VMware vSphere Hypervisor to install my own Hacking Lab GOODIES…. 🙂





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