Home Lab Environment

Setting up the Home Lab Environment

The main reason behind building a Lab at Home, like many others also do, is to help me study and learn.

The specification of the hardware I used for the Lab can be found here.

To give you a better understanding of the setup and the nesting that is happening, I have drawn the below diagram. You can see that everything is on a single physical machine running VMware ESXi 6.0 U2, and the picture below represents the logical design of my lab. A physical switch, a physical server, and everything else virtual.

Logical Design

Vgnosis Logical Design

 

The Main Lab “Infrastructure” Setup

Let’s outline what our basic infrastructure components will be for the Lab.

Hostname OS Description Hardware
vgnosisesx01 Vmware ESXi 6.0U2 vGnosis Physical ESXi Host HP Proliant DL360 G7
vgnosis2k01 Windows 2012 R2 vGnosis Domain Controller and DNS Virtual Machine
vgnosisvap01 Virtual Appliance – SLES 11 vGnosis PSC (Platform Services Controller) Virtual Machine
vgnosisvap02 Virtual Appliance – SLES 11 vGnosis VCSA (vCenter Server Appliance) Virtual Machine
vgnosis2k03 Windows 2012 R2 vGnosis VUM (Vmware Update Manager) Virtual Machine
sw01 Cisco IOS vGnosis Cisco Switch Cisco WS-C3750E-48PD
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My Lab – Hardware

The Kit I use for my Lab:

PHYSICAL SERVER:

HP Proliant DL360 G7

DL360-G7

Specs:

CPU Cores: 12 CPUs x 2.666 GHz

Processor Type: Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU X5650 @2.67GHz

Processor Sockets: 2

Cores per Socket: 6

Logical Processors: 24

Hyperthreading: Active

Number of NICs: 4

Memory: 288GB (16x16384MB @1333MHz

SWITCH:

Cisco Catalyst 3750E-48 2x10GE

 

ws-c3750e-48pd-ef

 

 

 

 

 

HOME ROUTER:

TP-Link Archer C7 AC1750

 

348351-tp-link-archer-c7-ac1750-dual-band-wireless-ac-gigabit-router

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