New Lab Environment 2015 and vpro VNC blackscreen

Now when I purchased nuc5i5mybe it was with the Intel® vPro Technology in mind. This technology requires no software for you to install and can be very useful for management purposes. There are lots of cool tools that can be used, but one of the most common is going to be the inbuilt vnc solution, which gives the ability see exactly what is happening and even login remotely.

Now the one stumbling block with the vnc solution which I did not initially realize is that a headless system (one without a monitor) may return a black screen when trying to logon.

The solution that I found easiest was to get a EDID dongle which is basically a plugin dummy monitor device about the size of small thumb drive. If you do search for “edid headless plug” you should be able to get one for around £10 pounds or less. This device will then pretend to be a monitor and solve the issue of a black screen on the remote desktop session.

New Lab Environment 2015

I have recently been looking at solution for hardware for a new home lab. The primary need was a lower power solution, with plenty of ram and the ability to run hyper-v.

The solution I have chosen is a small form factor from Intel called nuc5i5mybe. The hardware purchase list is as follows:

Crucial 16GB (2x 8GB) DDR3 1600 MT/s CL11 SODIMM 204 Pin 1.35V/1.5V Memory Module Kit CT2KIT102464BF160B ***NOTE THIS IS LOW VOLTAGE RAM compatible with the board***
Price: £97.60

Price: £346.98

M.2 Type 2280 500GB Fast Solid State Drive/SSD Crucial MX200
Price: £168.60

Total Cost: £613.18

This enables the running of several visualized guests, which so far I have two domain controllers, and one edge server allowing a site to site vpn to azure. This means my home lab can integrate seamlessly with the cloud offering from MS.