I've been wanting to learn a bit more about SaltStack Config so I recently deployed SSC 8.6 to my environment (using vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager to do so as described here). I selected the option to integrate with my pre-existing vRA and vIDM instances so that I wouldn't have to manage authentication directly since I recall that the LDAP authentication piece was a little clumsy the last time I tried it.
I picked up an Intel NUC 9 Extreme kit a few months back (thanks, VMware!) and have been slowly tinkering with turning it into an extremely capable self-contained home lab environment. I'm pretty happy with where things sit right now so figured it was about time to start documenting and sharing what I've done.
Hardware (Caution: here be affiliate links)
Intel NUC 9 Extreme (NUC9i9QNX) Crucial 64GB DDR4 SO-DIMM kit (CT2K32G4SFD8266) Intel 665p 1TB NVMe SSD (SSDPEKNW010T9X1) Random 8GB USB thumbdrive I found in a drawer somewhere The NUC runs ESXi 7.