• Building Virtual Machine Labs: A Hands-On Guide
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Building Virtual Machine Labs: A Hands-On Guide

by Mr. Tony V Robinson

Building Virtual Machine Labs is a comprehensive guide to creating a practice virtual network on some of the most commonly utilized hypervisors today.

In this book you will learn how to build a flexible, multi-role baseline lab network that can then be customized to suit the reader’s needs.

While this book teaches readers about a wide variety of technologies for building and maintaining a lab environment, one of the keystone components is the pfSense virtual machine that is, quite literally, the center of the virtual environment. With this book as your guide, you will learn how to create and manage firewall rules and aliases for secure network segmentation, configure pfSense software to provide core network services for your lab (such as DHCP, NTP, and DNS forwarding), and finally, learn how to configure your pfSense VM to serve as a SQUID web proxy, in addition to its duties as a network firewall.

The skills you learn about managing the pfSense virtual machine will directly translate into skills you can use for managing pfSense software on a Netgate firewall. You can easily utilize your newly built virtual environment as a pilot network for testing firewall changes before putting them into production. This will help network engineers to assess the impact of their changes prior to implementing them in production networks, assisting with change control processes.

Additional topics

  • Understand the mechanics of virtualization and how they influence the design of your lab
  • Build an extensive baseline lab environment on any one of five commonly used hypervisors (VMware vSphere Hypervisor, VMware Fusion, VMware Workstation, Oracle Virtualbox, and Microsoft Client Hyper-V) 
  • Harden your lab environment against VM escapes and other security threats 
  • Configure the pfSense firewall distribution to provide security, segmentation, and network services to your virtual lab 
  • Deploy either Snort or Suricata open-source IDS platforms in IPS mode to further enhance the flexibility, segmentation and security of your lab network
  • Deploy Splunk as a log management solution for your lab
  • Reconfigure the provided baseline lab environment to better suit your individual needs 
  • Easy to follow steps and illustrations provide detailed, comprehensive guidance as you build your custom-tailored lab
  • Both IT and security professionals need practice environments to better hone their craft
  • Learn how to build and maintain your own with Building Flexible Virtual Machine Labs

Product Details

  • Paperback: 600 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (June 1, 2017)
  • Published: June 1, 2017
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1546932631
  • ISBN-13: 978-1546932635
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.4 x 11 inches

Further Information

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