Hello Everyone, this is my first blog.Before I go ahead and talk about any other technologies I would like to talk about my Home Lab setup. Like many others I do not have dedicated servers at my home so I work around the limitations and get my lab going. By no means it is a great lab, but this will let you feel the technology, get your hands dirty on things that you would not be able to otherwise.
Physical Systems: I have two systems to build my lab:
I have installed VMware Workstation 9.0.0 build-812388 on both the systems. I have a ZyXEL router (with WIFI capabilities) for the network. The desktop system connects to it over LAN and the laptop over WAN. This router also acts as a DHCP server where I provided reserved IP’s bind-ed to MAC of a particular server, so that every time lab reboots or the hosting servers reboot they will always have the same IP’s.
Now to make the whole setup work and act a single entity I made the following setup in Workstation:
This makes the lab system ready to GO. After connecting one Workstation from another my entire Lab setup looks like below setup:
This was the underlying setup for my lab system.
I have taken two systems and enough RAM to support my lab (normally the testings I do RAM is the limiting factor not CPU). But for normal testing and small scale LAB setup a single system with 8 GB RAM is also sufficient.
Earlier I had built a well working vCenter Environment / vCloud Director setup in a single 8 GB laptop.*
Also I strongly suggest Autolab for those who wants to have a quick lab setup. I used it before my certifications.
This is the starting - in the coming blogs I plan to write up on Virtualization Technologies(mainly VMware), Linux and Scripting/Programming. Please provide me your feedback.**