Home Cloud: Part 1 – Planning the Home Cloud

I start the Home Cloud project by defining the Windows Home Servers I have and what ports they’ll be using.

[Update: As mentioned in Trail Log #66 I’ve rethought this project and will be looking at alternatives.]

In the Home Cloud introduction I set out my goals and a broad outline of my plan. Now it’s time to get into the details. First I’ll plan out the servers that will be part of the home cloud and lay the groundwork.

I’ll be using the domain run.co ¬†for my home cloud. This domain is already registered but still unused. It’s first use will be these servers.

I’ll be setting up three servers:

Server

IP

Server Port

WAN Port

OS

OSQWHS01

192.168.1.101

80

8081

WHS v1

OSQWHS01

192.168.1.101

443

4431

OSQWHS02

192.168.1.104

80

80

WHS 2011

OSQWHS02

192.168.1.104

443

443

OSQTBS01

192.168.1.105

80

8082

WHS 2011

OSQTBS01

192.168.1.105

443

4432

The server port is what port is used on the physical server. Port 80 is the default for the web and port 443 is the default for https access which is used to secure the connection.

The WAN port is the port that will be monitored on the pfSense WAN connection. Traffic that comes in on the listed WAN port will be forwarded to the corresponding port on the server. So for OSQWHS01 any traffic to the WAN on port 8081 will be forward to port 80 on the server. Any WAN port can be used provided it’s not used for anything else.

As I mentioned in the introduction, if I’m in the office I can only get to my servers through the standard web ports due to the proxy server in my office. I’ll be using the server OSQWHS02 for that access.

A nice short article this time. As the home cloud grows I’ll add updates here. But for now we’ll start with Windows Home Servers. The three servers gives me a nice assortment to test. I’ll start configuring pfSense next.