There are some exciting new updates to the lab! I finally got the Cisco ASA 5505 in, which replaced a Raspberry Pi running OpenWRT. With this upgrade we are now able to have a functioning DMZ, which affords us the ability to have a publicly available lab!
I’ve also added a beefy new host and 52 port SG-500 Cisco switch. The host has 96Gb of RAM and 2 quad core processors. This was a huge boost in resources…time to grow the lab even more!
I also bought a small LACK from Ikea to use as a makeshift server rack. It worked out perfectly!
At this point, we have the ESXi host built and VM’s running, but things are SLOOOOWWWW on that 7200RPM hard drive. So whats next? SSD’s of course!
I picked up a couple 240GB drives and went to work backing up my VM’s.
I use Veeam for backups, which I’m a huge fan of. I’ve been using Veeam for around 6 or 7 years, and it’s hands down the best backup software I’ve used. Super easy to configure, and I can restore: entire VM’s, FLR (file-level recovery), and single email items inside Exchange mailboxes very quickly (Ok, Veeam commercial over).
So I backed up my VM’s and removed my old hard drive from the ESXi host.
I installed the SSD’s and began restoring my VM’s. It was a little bit of a process since I needed to install Veeam onto a different physical box to do the restores; due to my backup server being located on a VM in the lab. By the way, you should always put Veeam on a separate physical box 😛 In the end, it didn’t take very long at all though, and what a difference SSD’s make!!