Ethan Banks, Packet Pushing superstar, posted hist list of VMs Running In his ESXi Networking Lab as of 23-Dec–2014. A few others mentioned posting what’s in their lab, so I decided to post what’s in mine. While I plan to add to mine after reading Ethans post, here is a list of what I have as of today.
First I have to say that I currently have 2 ESXi servers in my personal lab. The first is a custom built machine on a Supermicro board with 16 GB of RAM. The second is built on a Shuttle DS81 which I posted about recently. The machines I’m showing you here are currently running on the Supermicro. I’ve moved a Windows 8 Machine with GNS3 1.x to the new server. My plans for that one are a vWSA, vyatta, and olive. Since it’s not fleshed out yet I won’t get into those.
The Overall View
Overall I have a few VM’s sitting here but dont run them all at the same time. As you can see in the graphic, I have a few shut down or paused at the moment. You probably do the same right?
The virtual ASA comes as an OVA from Cisco. This is the default configuration. One point to make is that I did enable the serial console connectivity so I dont have to use the vSphere client console.
I just removed my 1.2 VM from inventory but they are still on the iSCSI disk. Here are the configuraitons of the two ISE 1.3 VM’s, also delivered as an OVA from Cisco.
I mentioned on twitter that I fired up VIRL in the lab. I have a whole other post coming on that, but here is what it looks like. I use the VMmaestro client on Mac to manage it.
The other VM’s are unexciting. Ubuntu for linux testing, and a Windows 8 client. On thing I do with the Windows 8 client is add a wireless dongle to the ESXi server and map it to the Windows 8 server. This way I can test ISE authentications over wireless. I do the same with a wired interface dongle since the 802.1X plays better with a direct connection.
Well that’s it for now. My VM’s are pretty fluid as I test various products. If you have any recommendations please feel free to share them. If you’ve posted about your lab please link it in the comments. It’s aways cool to see what others are running.