Today’s post is going back into the labs. I wanted to share just a bit about the GlobalConfig lab that I use to record my video training and demo for live classes. I should also note that we also support lab racks for CCNA and CCNP R&S/Security classes. So here’s a sneak peak at the Topology.
What Gear Is In The Lab?
I have a whole slew of gear in the lab that fluctuates from time to time. Here’s my general inventory of physical devices.
- 2x ESXi Servers
- 1x Cisco 1841
- 1x Cisco 2821
- 1x Cisco 3750
- 4x Cisco 2960’s
- 1x Cisco ASA 5505
- 1x Cisco 2504 WLC
- 4x Cisco AP1252 AGs
- 1x Ruckus Zone Director 1100 and AP
- 1x Airtight AP/Sensor
- 1x Aruba AP
- 1x Opengear Console Server
- 1x Synology NAS for iSCSI with the 2 ESXi Servers
- 2x Raspberry Pi (Pen Testing & Probe)
And on the vm side of things I have the following:
- 2x ASAv
- 1x WSAv
- 1x Windows 2012 Server
- 2x Windows 8 Test PCs
- 1x Ubuntu VM
- 1x Mininet VM
- 2x ISE 1.3
- 2x ISE 1.2
- 1x Cisco VIRL
- 1x Arista vEOS
I have a few other VMs that are not in inventory as well but I dont actively use them in an labs at the moment.
I have a basic topology that I use to walk through most of my Cisco Examples. It looks something like the following:
Some of the routers are virtualized in VIRL and the Test-PCs can be moved around to various VLANs for testing. The Wireless is not in the topology here, but its in the lab and the Test-PCs have wireless NIC cards to do all the Guest Access and BYOD. One things I have yet to attempt is to take an iPad and jailbreak it, install a vnc client on it and connect an Ethernet cable to the usb camera kit. This would enable the remote testing of BYOD scenarios. If I ever get to that I’ll blog about it.
In the lab I have connectivity via CLI to the console using the Opengear and the VIRL management network. I also have console access to the ASAs in the standard fashion as described in the setup documents. Most everything has a console connection saved in SecureCRT.
Again, this is just the lab I use to demo. It’s very fluid.
I’m always looking to kick the tires on new software that makes a good case for a production network environment. Often times at Networking Field Day, vendors will share VM’s with us to test. That may well be the case again at the upcoming NFD9.
Well, that’s my lab. I’d appreciate any recommendations as to additional lab equipment and VM’s if you have any. Feel free to leave them in the comment section below!