pbalderos
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Home lab setup requirements to study for VCP

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I just purchased a Lenovo Think Server TD 230 with a Xeon processor and 2 gd of ram. I confirmed that it meets all requirements on the HCL on the VMware website. The server holds up to 32 GB of ram but until I purchase the second CPU I am only going to upgrade it to 16 gb which will give me a nice amount of memory to distribute to the vms. I am looking for some documentation with more detail as to how to setup a VCP lab using workstation as the host. I know I have a msdn account of I have access to tons of operating systems and NOS to build vm with. I am just trying to figure out how to structured the environment using esxi, vsphere, vcenter server, and build all of this in Workstation 8.

Phillip Balderos VCP6-DCV
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sorabhk5
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Hardware looks enough for VCP5 virtual lab , you can go through the below links for more information & setup details

All opinions expressed here are my personal opinions and not of my employer. Thanks #Sorabh [[ http://sorabhk5.in or @sorabhk5 ]]

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nielse
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You might want to take a look at Autolab (http://www.labguides.com/autolab/) which is basicly a complete lab being storage, vcenter,... Smiley Happy This will get you started.

If you want to install everything yourself you could base yourself on the total setup.

@nielsengelen - http://foonet.be - VCP4/5
pbalderos
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Thanks Nielse!

Im about to check out the link. At the same time I am studying for my VCP I am working on server 08 certification so this will help.

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sorabhk5
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Hardware looks enough for VCP5 virtual lab , you can go through the below links for more information & setup details

All opinions expressed here are my personal opinions and not of my employer. Thanks #Sorabh [[ http://sorabhk5.in or @sorabhk5 ]]

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pbalderos
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Thank you for the links I did find them very helpful.

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chriswahl
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I have an article on setting up networking, it would apply to any ESXi host (both virtual and physical). You can use the 4 NIC scenario or split it out into 8 NICs.

http://wahlnetwork.com/2012/07/16/efficient-virtual-networking-designs-for-vsphere-home-lab-servers/

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