Initial Setup — Bare Metal Servers

Craig Robinson
4 min readMar 4, 2023

Procuring equipment for your home lab can be expensive—the used servers I purchase come from sources like eBay, Craigslist, and r/homelabsales. Dell is my preferred vendor for used servers because they provide access to firmware updates without needing an active support contract.

This article details my process of setting up newly acquired PowerEdge servers.

Reset the server

I reset the acquired servers to factory defaults for security purposes and to eliminate misconfigurations.