New Mac Pro for home IT Networking Lab?
Posted on 2014-02-02
Hello, this may seem a bit of a daft question, but I was wondering if anyone can see any issues with setting up an sort of IT study lab on one of those new powerful MacPros? I am guessing it would be more a limitation of Mavericks and the MacPros "Xeno hardware" configuration. This thing although powerful is probably got graphics design "horse blinders" on because of the Apple "our way or the highway" ethos. I am guessing it can't really be used as a server, which is a shame really.
What I would like to do is the following...
1. Install GNS3 to emulate a bunch of different Cisco IOS devices
2. Run vCenter on ether the Mac directly or in a VM if it isn't compatible.
3. Run a bunch of VMware servers on it, all communicating back to the vcenter instance.
4. Connect all these different VMs together via the GNS3 emulated hardware via VMloopback interfaces.
5. Set the GNS3 devices to exit out of the "virtual world" via the Mac Pro's actual physical internet connection (IE as a default gateway)
I know it sounds like I am trying to shoehorn something that is better done on a windows machine, and I am probably, but you cant really beat the hardware of that mac (according to random tech articles) and it apparently only uses around 60 watts (?!?). And it seems a bit of a waste to not be able to use such a thing for IT labbing.
Please let me know what you think of my logic in the steps above (if its rubbish), I have never done my own home lab. Also if anyone has experience doing this on a Mac, or if you have suggestions for a good PC setup.
The Mac looks swank, like a merger between that 2001 space odyssey thing and a 9th dimensional fold...or bang and olufsen take on a waste paper basket.
Thanks for the feedback.