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.
The Main Lab “Infrastructure” Setup
Let’s outline what our basic infrastructure components will be for the Lab.
|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|