New Year, New Networking Lab

I’ve decided to start off the new year by wiping the slate clean on my lab configuration and putting together a new configuration that will allow me to work on and test out some of the technologies that are relevant to me currently.  I’ve had many lab configurations over the years, and most of them have been pretty small and focused on working out a particular problem, or for prepping for the exam of the month.

This iteration of my lab will be a little different, in that I am aiming to mock-up, as close as I can with the resources at hand, an enterprise network complete with the traditional network layers, a data center, a dmz, WAN connections to remote offices, DMVPN over the Internet, remote access VPN, etc.  The end-goal is quite large, and it will take some time to completely get it up and running, but it will provide me a testbed for working with many aspects of enterprise networking.

As I work through the setup, I’ll be posting entries on progress, and specific configurations and tests I’ve completed.  Please leave any comments or suggestions for things to try or test out.

Goals for the Lab

Here is a short sampling of things I’m looking forward to setting up in the lab.

  • Cisco AnyConnect 3.0
  • Dynamic Access Policies
  • Secure Mobile Device Access – iPad, Laptop, Android, etc
  • 802.1x
  • MACSec
  • CiscoWorks LMS 4.0, Cisco Security Manager
  • DMVPN WAN Backup
  • Latest IOS Versions (ASA 8.3/8.4, IOS 15.x)
  • Cisco Office Extend Access Point (OEAP)
  • Cisco CleanAir
  • Anything else I can get my hands on

Lab Diagram – Draft

Here is the network diagram I put together for what I’m looking to create in the lab.  It isn’t complete, or fully detailed, but it does provide a good representation of what I’m working on.  I’ll also be using it as a working draft and will update it as the lab comes together.

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About hfpreston
Hank has spent time in most areas of IT services, but is glad to have his feet firmly planted in sane and predictable world of pushing packets these days. Having the rapid fire attention span common to IT, he dabbles in many network technologies, bouncing from Data Center, to wireless, then security, and ending on core route/switch around dinner time. You can find Hank on Twitter (@hfpreston) and Google Plus (http://gplus.to/hfpreston).

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