Lab Environment Version 2

Getting started on all this I thought a bit about what to put and what might be useful to put here. Since I work with VMware products and have done so for a while now (since ESX 1.5). I figured that describing my lab environment could be a good start, and also what plans I have for that environment.

The physical part of the environment is something like the following:

I have several servers, 8 in fact. They are of two different types. 3x Dell T130, which are the newer servers that I have and then there are the 5 older ones, IBM x3250. The systems generally are built with maximum memory available. 64 GB for the Dell servers and 32 GB for the IBM servers. This comes from an early time in virtualization where I learned that CPU is not as important as memory usually.

The network consists of Cisco Catalyst switches (3750x), Cisco Routers (800 Series) and a SoHo FortiGate firewall.

Storage is made up of some Synology boxes hooked up as iSCSI devices and the Dell Servers also has some internal SSD, which later will become useful for a (minimal (and most likely sluggish)) vSAN configuration.

The current environment consists of the 3 Dell Servers, with 1 Catalyst for networking traffic and a second catalyst switch for storage traffic. It is fully on purpose I did it this way so I can restart the normal network without impacting the whole lab.

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The three dell Servers makes up primarily a management network part, 2 Windows Servers for AD, 3 node vROps cluster 6.6, Log Insight server, vRA 7.6 and a few other bips and bops. Currently it suits most of my requirements but I got thinking the other day… why not expand the setup a bit. What if I add 2 more sites? Use the old IBM servers, they still are supported by VMware with ESXI 6.7u2. Once could add a SRM site, remote collectors to vROPS (Because every home needs that :)), Create a Payload cluster for VRA, deploy NSX-T?

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So the idea looks a little bit more like this, reconfigure the current 3 Dell servers and the network topology. Add a connection to where the IBM servers are located (Devolo power over Ethernet adapters, they are usually so unstable that will be quite good for simulation the interim power site failure in the house I live in, and also slow enough to emulate the connection to a secondary site :)). Then take the 5 IBM Servers, split them to a second management cluster, which would allow me to run SRM across, though I suspect only in an older version as I am not sure that there are Synology adapters for the appliance yet (more on that when time comes around). The other three servers can then be used as payload for example or … whatever really comes to mind.

Anyway, these are the thoughts on a Saturday morning, well afternoon now.

One thing is for sure, the electricity company will love me…

 

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