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    Hi all

    Im looking to study to be a sys admin and dont have the luxary of college and i dont think just books is going to cut the mustard.

    I wish to set up a virtual lab enviornment that will emcompass all i need to simulate a mixed tech corporate enviornment e.g. mainly microsoft with one linux server, separated by routers, 2 subnets with dhcp, dns etc. with a branch ofice etc.

    I need to learn about the the internet works also e.g. email, web server etc. so Im wondering has anyone so far go a layout or any good practice advice based on a typical medium busines.

    Thanks for reading

  • #2
    Re: lab setup medium business

    server with enough disk to fulfil your requirements (abd probably separated over several raid controllers)

    give it at least 16GB of ram.

    hyperV or ESX/ESXi the decision is really up to you.

    in terms of layout, just go through one o the MS training books - it'll tell you how you configure a given lab for each exam prep...
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    • #3
      Re: lab setup medium business

      Ok thanks mate

      should have metioned ill be using virtual box unless hyperV is easy to pick up knowledge wise. I dont have a 16GB server. I can string together a few laptops with 2 to 4gb per laptop(shoe string budget ) and connect a crossover cable to link these together nd host maybe 3 vm's on 1 machine and 2 on another.

      I do have 2 cisco routers and was thinking of using a roll over cablem or whatever its called cable to simulate a wan link.

      Wondering if anyone has had a similar undertaking

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      • #4
        Re: lab setup medium business

        Forget the Crossover cable and get a cheap switch.
        IMHO go HyperV as MS allow you to download a number of pre-configured sets of VHDs to get live environments quickly:
        http://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/e..._122GMUS010825 and then search for VHD Demo

        4 Gb will let you run 2 or 3 VMs without too much problems as long as you accept performance will be "slightly" poor!
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          slightly ? :O
          I've got 4GB in my laptop, and when i try and run a 2GB 2008 host, it goes to sht..
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          • #6
            Re: lab setup medium business

            Originally posted by confuseis View Post
            Ok thanks mate

            should have metioned ill be using virtual box unless hyperV is easy to pick up knowledge wise. I dont have a 16GB server. I can string together a few laptops with 2 to 4gb per laptop(shoe string budget ) and connect a crossover cable to link these together nd host maybe 3 vm's on 1 machine and 2 on another.
            Wondering if anyone has had a similar undertaking
            Seriously, beg and borrow parts to get something with 8GB minmum (16GB better) to use or you will not have fun. I have my 16GB Host running on an i3 530 and it is sufficient, just. Money was an issue at the time otherwise I would have a better CPU but for VMs, RAM is King.

            If you have a 4GB laptop with Win7 on it, you may want to try using an 8GB USB memory stick and ReadyBoost. It is going to run like molasses but it may work.......just.
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            • #7
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              If its HyperV the OP should be running 2008R2SP1 either HyperV (free) or Standard (evaluation)
              Core HyperV should use about 0.5Gb leaving 3.5 for VMs

              I have run Exchange courses with 4 or 5 running VMs on a 4Gb laptop -- not brilliant (now replaced with 8Gb i3) but workable
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              • #8
                Re: lab setup medium business

                I'm going to say you'll need at LEAST 16gb of ram.
                Sure, you can do less, but as BIGGLES said, Ram is indeed king.

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                • #9
                  Re: lab setup medium business

                  Originally posted by tehcamel View Post
                  I've got 4GB in my laptop, and when i try and run a 2GB 2008 host, it goes to sht..
                  Keep in mind that disk performance will have an influence too, although granted, not as much as the memory.
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                  • #10
                    Re: lab setup medium business

                    VMware workstation is worth a consideration if VMs are to be run from a laptop.

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