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  • What does your home lab "look" like?

    Hi all!
    Tell us about your home lab! Post pictures if you like, or just describe them in beautiful prose! What equipment do you have in your lab and what do you do with it?

    Years ago, I had a home lab with a handful of servers and endpoints that I rescued from the disposal pile at work, some network gear that I was lucky enough to score from a few different places, a workbench, and a rack full of spare parts that I had accumulated over the years.

    Times have changed a bit, and I no longer have that lab or any of that old equipment. I don't want to rebuild a physical lab, so I'm hatching plans to create my next home lab in AWS. More importantly, I want to use Terraform to define and manage the infrastructure. The goal is to be able to spin the entire lab environment up and down on-demand so that it only has to be up when I want to use it.

    -AC

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    Twitter: @AccidentalCISO
    Blog: https://www.accidentalciso.net/

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    I've got a Dell 7510 with an i7, 32GB RAM, and 1TB SSD I use as a main PC with several test VMs, small experiments, etc. I also have a dell poweredge 1950 that reached EOS and was given to me as a recycle - looking to set this up with ESXi to have more persistent VMs.
    Twitter: 0xSeanG
    Blog: https://seangoodwin.blog

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    • #3
      Those old rack servers seem to just run for forever. Recycle rescues are great for home labs! I've made old gear available to employees before for that reason. It's kind of fun to send out an email to the team saying "this pile is being recycled in 2 weeks. If you want something, get it out of here before then."

      What kind of projects are you doing in your lab?
      -AC

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      Twitter: @AccidentalCISO
      Blog: https://www.accidentalciso.net/

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      • #4
        I'm pretty much in the same boat as you, at one point I had a cabinet full of Cisco kit, a couple of old PowerEdge pizza box servers and a couple of HP Microservers, but I've whittled away at my lab over the years as I was too comfortable in my role so now I have nothing.

        I'm kinda reluctant to pick up old data centre gear due to the noise, dust and power consumption, I'd really like to pick up a decent spec'd Intel NUC, but I find it hard to justify the price to myself so I'm thinking of building a lab environment in Azure via Terraform for the same reason as you.

        I'm a couple of months in a new job so still getting a feel for the environment and culture so I'm trying to focus on the softer side of things here before I start labbing up things and asking for changes.

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        • #5
          The power consumption and heat from that old gear is no joke!
          -AC

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          Twitter: @AccidentalCISO
          Blog: https://www.accidentalciso.net/

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          • #6
            Currently i don't have a server or anything along those lines, but i'm looking into building a home lab
            (mostly network side as i'm not so fussed with the Computer itself. high end build for the win! )

            In terms of network setup, i'm considering reconfiguring my current router to a Modem and pushing it into a self-bought router (if i remember correctly it was a Nighthawk XR500 i was looking at)

            which would give me more overarching control of who is allowed into my home network, and the wireless power/connectivity distribution

            Any recommendations on network config and physical / software setup for it? ports to block, secure config, etc.

            I also may purchase a small switch [5 or 8 port unmanaged] or a firewall, not sure which would be more important to source first.

            I'd likely be going pre-owned (despite my paranoia) or price-efficient, so any recommendations of devices would be greatly appreciated.

            (This should probably be a separate post in itself, i'll create a new post if needed.)

            ~Ancient

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            • #7
              These are some good resources for labs:

              https://github.com/clong/DetectionLab
              https://github.com/redcanaryco/atomic-red-team
              https://leanpub.com/avatar

              I’m personally rebuilding my lab based on Tony Robinson’s book (3rd link) but resources are limited. I have a lot of hardware laying around so maybe one day I’ll get a rack to set something up.

              -
              Sandpaper

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