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Building a Cisco Security LAB with Meraki and VMware

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Building a Cisco Security LAB with Meraki and VMware

Hello,

I am wondering how best to design a "part Meraki part VMware virtual lab" using the following equipment to help me study for the CCIE Security v5 lab.

 

Meraki part:

* MX67

* MS120-8LP

* MS220-8P

 

Dell/VM part:

  • Dell Precision T5600 Workstation running VMware vSphere 6.5
    • 2 x Hexa Core Xeon Processors (12 Cores total)
    • 128 GB RAM and plenty of HD space

 

Option 1:

I can create the many VLANS / subnets that I will need on the MX67 to be the default gateway.

A trunk port on the Meraki switch that passes ALL VLANS to the vSwitch on the ESXi host.

Spin up a CSR 1000v router with one interface pointed to the physical network and the other interface pointed inwards to the LAB environment.

 

Option 2:

  • Add a single additional VLAN/SUBNET to the Meraki MX67 (example: 192.168.15.0/24)
  • VLAN 15 (192.168.15.1 /24) would be the VLAN and default gateway hosted on the Meraki.
  • Create VLAN 15 on the Meraki switch and configure a trunk port that connects to the ESXi host
  • Spin up a CSR 1000v router with one interface pointed to the physical network and the other interface has lots of SUB-INTERFACES that host all the VLAN/SUBNETS for the SECURITY lab. 

 

 

 

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List of VLAN's configured in the Server:
 
  • V10 - ACSv1 - 172.16.1.1
  • V20 - ACSv2 - 172.16.2.1
  • V30 - ISEv1 - 172.16.3.1
  • V40 - ISEv2  - 172.16.4.1, etc, etc.
  • V50 - WSAv1-M1
  • V60 - WSAv2-M1
  • V70 - ESAv1-M1
  • V80 - ESAv2-M1
  • V90 - WLCv1-MGMT
  • V91 - WLCv1-DATA
  • V100 - TEST-SRV-A
  • V110 - NGIPSv1-MGMT
  • V111 - NGIPSv1-INT
  • V112 - NGIPSv1-EXT
  • V120 - NGIPSv2-MGM
  • V121 - NGIPSv2-INT
  • V122 - NGIPSv2-EXT
  • V130 - FTDv1-M0
  • V140 - FTDv2-M0
  • V150 - FMCv1
  • V160 - FMCv2
  • V200 - TEST-SRV-B
  • V210 - PHONE-TFTP
  • V230 - IP-PHONE-A-DATA 
  • V231 - IP-PHONE-A-VO 
  • V240 - IP-PHONE-B-DATA 
  • V241 - IP-PHONE-B-VO 
  • V310 - ASAV1-M0/0 
  • V320 - ASAV2-M0/0 
  • V330 - ASAV3-M0/0 
  • V331 - ASAV3-G0/0 
  • V332 - ASAV3-G0/1 
  • V340 - ASAV4-M0/0 
  • V341 - ASAV4-G0/0 
  • V342 - ASAV4-G0/1 

 

Thank you to the readers if you have read this far.

 

What do you think?

 

Any suggestions? Improvements? Just think I'm crazy?

 

Lets discuss!

 

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CCNA R&S, Security, Wireless, MCNA
2 REPLIES 2
Kind of a big deal

Re: Building a Cisco Security LAB with Meraki and VMware

I would just create all the layer 3 interfaces on the MX and not bother creating them on the CSR, but both of your options will work fine.

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Re: Building a Cisco Security LAB with Meraki and VMware

I am still working on the design.
I will post how I did it when I get my lab functionally working.
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CCNA R&S, Security, Wireless, MCNA
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