Building the New Lab: Part 4
Networking is the last part I am adding to the “Building the New Lab” series. Depending on the size of your lab environment you might not even really need to add a networking aspect. For example, if you build out a one ESXi host lab, or run nested ESXi hosts within one physical machine, your entire network will basically be virtual (unless you have NAS like I do in this case). Because I don’t have any internal drives, and I’m building out a 2nd ESXi host, I wanted to make sure that I had sufficient bandwidth availability between my internet, NAS, and Hosts.
As you saw in my earlier posts the host has an integrated gigabit NIC in the motherboard as well as a 2nd gigabit NIC placed in the PCI slot. The NAS has dual gigabit NICs as well. This can be used for failover or link aggregation (I’m not quite there yet).
I wanted to purchase a Cisco gigabit router (I could then work a little more on getting my CCNA with some hands-on experience) but when I saw the prices I had to change my mind. Below is what I purchased.
|TP-LINK SafeStream TL-R600VPN 10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit Broadband VPN Router|
|Rosewill RCW-562 7ft. /Network Cable Cat 6 Black|
The TP-LINK was on sale so I got it for $55 instead of $100 and I purchased 7 Cat6e network cables (2 per device + 1 between TP-Link router and gigabit switch). I already had a TP-Link gigabit switch laying around so I am going to be using that once I get everything else setup. This setup will allow me to run the entire physical lab environment at gigabit speeds. The bottleneck now will be the speed of the NAS and the hard drives.
I’ll post pictures once I get everything setup.