So, after several months of procrastination and searching for build information, my ‘home lab’ build begins which will grow over time into the new ‘vSpecialist Labs’ sandbox infrastructure. With this, I plan to do test and research work for configurations for production deployments, as well as have an environment which we at www.vspecialist.co.uk can use for study (VCP, VCAP and VCDX) too.
This page is the basis for the documentation of the configuration of our lab, the reference information used to create the configurations and and hints and tips learned along the way. If you are building a home lab or are looking for information on how to go about this, then we hope you find it useful.
A note about licensing. The majority of the licenses used in the lab for research are the 60-day evaluation licenses available from VMware. Currently, there is a movement to get the popular VMTN subscription (comparable to a MS TechNet account) reinstated by VMware. If you would like information on this, there is discussion here, being driven on Twitter my Mike Laverick (@Mike_Laverick) using #VMTNSubscriptionMovement (Twitter external link).
vSpecialist Labs Documentation
Part One – Hardware: http://www.vspecialist.co.uk/vspecialist-labs-hardware/
Part Two – Roadmap: http://www.vspecialist.co.uk/vspecialist-labs-roadmap/
Jeremy loves all things technology! Has been in IT for years, loves Macs (but doesn't preach to others about their virtues), loves virtualization (and does shout about it's virtues), and sometimes skis, bikes and directs amateur plays!