My lab environment.
You can run your lab in the Cloud as I used to do so until few months ago when most of the things I needed to test was related to VMware.
So, I bought two HP z800 workstations, with two Xeon six core and 96Gb of ram each. I needed this resources because I was testing the automation of ESXi Host installation itself, and running many of then inside the physical ESXi hosts – nested virtualization. But you won´t need this much unless you want to do the same.
So, this is what my setup looks like:
2x HP z800 workstation, 2xXeon six core and 96Gb of ram each.
In fact, in the near future, I´ll move one of the workstations to another location so I´ll manage them as “separated (small) datacenters”.
They´re running VMware ESXi trial for now, but as soon as I publish all the tests I want with vmware, I´ll switch to oVirt or maybe OpenStack.
My home network is:
DNS: 220.127.116.11 and 18.104.22.168
DHCP range: 192.168.12.200-254 (for my wired and wireless devices)
Everything between 2 and 199 could be used on the lab. I know I won´t need all this address space, but I won´t have 50 devices on my home network either.
So it´s nice to have all these addresses as I can now organize them in some well defined ranges, as follow:
192.168.12.2-49: Core lab services.
192.168.12.50-99: NATs addresses to use if we want to test hosts behind a firewall.
192.168.12.100-149: “External IPs” for direct attaching in “prod lab”.
192.168.12.150-199: IPs for a “dev lab”.
Domain and conventions
The TLD will be “lab” – too much creative.
Let´s call the first location as DC1, so everything in this location will be dc1.lab.
And as the 192.168.12.0/24 is the “external” network from the lab perspective, let´s call it the External Network, abreviated as ext, so: ext.dc1.lab.
Sounds good ?
We need some core services running and we will put them in their allocated range (2-49):
DNS – to serve everything below .dc1.lab and recursive queries
192.168.12.2: DNS VIP – ns.ext.dc1.lab
192.168.12.3: Fisrt DNS: ns1.ext.dc1.lab
192.168.12.4: Second DNS: ns2.ext.dc1.lab
Another possible services
192.168.12.5: Squid Proxy
192.168.12.10: Ext VIP of an internal firewall lab
192.168.12.11: Ext IP of the first internal firewall lab
192.168.12.12: Ext IP of the second internal firewall lab
192.168.12.19: External NFS Dlink storage: dlink01.ext.dc1.lab
192.168.12.20: vCenter: vcenter.ext.dc1.lab
192.168.12.21: ESXi01: esx01.ext.dc1.lab
192.168.12.22: ESXi02: esx02.ext.dc1.lab
Automation and other tools
192.168.12.30: Foreman: foreman.ext.dc1.lab