Virtual Equipment + Physical Equipment = Big Lab

I have posted a few entries covering GNS3 and how you can use it to help you with your studies. And, in the Connecting Your PC to Your Virtual GNS3 Routers I showed you how it was possible to break your GNS3 routers out of the Virtual world and bring them in to the Physical world. In this post, I am to show you how I used this technique in my lab to give me a rather nice setup.

Figure 1 shows the equipment I own at the time of writing. I don’t really use the 2610 as GNS3 fulfills all of my router needs. I do use the 2509 though as a console router for the rest of my equipment.

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New PC – Nexus 1000V here I come!

As per my previous post, I have been in the market for a new PC for a little while now and have finally made a purchase. The specs can be found below.

CPU: Intel Core i7 3770
GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD7850 2GB OC V2
Mobo: ASRock Z77 Extreme6 Motherboard
RAM: G.Skill Ares F3-1600C10D-16GAO 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3
Case: CoolerMaster HAF 912 Advanced
PSU: Antec High Current Gamer 520W Power Supply HCG-520
HDD1: Samsung 830 Series 128GB SSD
HDD2: Samsung 830 Series 128GB SSD
HDD3: Seagate Barracuda 2TB ST2000DM001
ODD: Samsung SH-224BB/BEBS SATA DVDRW Drive OEM
Screen: 27″ Acer V273HL Acer V273HL FHD LED Backlight Monitor

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Download & Install Nexus 1000v For Free!

Cisco has recently announced that the Nexus 1000v can be downloaded and installed free of charge. This is great news for those of us who use VMware products, and especially great news for those of us who have home labs and can’t afford to spend large sums of money on licences.

Using this excellent guide, you will be able to build an entire virtualised setup from the ground up in no time at all.

However, if your like me and your PCs are 7+ years old, it is time to upgrade. I’ve been doing a bit of research, and this is what I have come up with so far:

CPU: i7 3770k
Mobo: Asrock Z77 Pro4
GPU: Gigabyte AMD Radeon HD7850 OC 2GB GV-R785OC-2GD
RAM: G.Skill Ares 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3-1600
SSD: Plextor M5S 256GB
HDD1: Seagate Barracuda 2TB (ST2000DM001)
PSU: Antec High Current Gamer 520W
ODD: DVD burner

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