Friday, January 8, 2016

The Current Lab

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Here's what is currently setup in the lab.

  • 2 Hyper-V servers, each hosting a number of virtual machines and both running GNS3.  Each has a quad core AMD A4-5000 APU with 16GB of RAM.
  • Another server that I will be putting ESXi on soon.  This machine has a pair of quad core AMD Opteron 4122's. I'm unsure about the RAM because I borrowed a few sticks for my new desktop.
  • My 42U rack, full of various routers, switches, firewalls, wireless access points and other devices. I'm not even trying to keep track any more. 
  • A Half-Top (laptop with a broken screen) running Windows Server 2012R2 acting as a domain controller, DNS and DHCP server to my home network.  
  • Separating the home network from the lab network is a Extreme Networks 400-48t switch. This just recently replaced another unit that failed to power back up after a recent trip out of town.
  • At the edge, between my network and the ISP is a Sonicwall TZ210. This will be replaced soon as I have plans going forward that it's incapable of.
  • My current desktop.  It's an i5 with 8GB of RAM and a pair of SSDs in RAID0 running OpenSuse Leap 42.1 and Virtualbox.
Moving forward with the studies, I will be building out a child domain off of my home network.  My immediate plans are to build the following and document the steps:
  • A domain controller on Windows Server 2012R2
  • A two tier Certification Authority (root and issuing CAs), both on Windows Server 2012R2.
  • An NTP server on NetBSD
  • An NPS server on Windows Server 2012R2 for RADIUS.
The 10 or so posts that this will take me through should be a sufficient foundation and then I'll start on 300-206 SENSS material.
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