Tips and tricks for a mobile EVE-NG lab

Most of my lab work gets done on a laptop these days. I like to run an EVE-NG lab and connect it to several other VM’s. There are some challenges in doing that on my mobile Windows device as compared to having a dedicated ESXi box for it. Most of those challenges are now solved so I’d like to share some of my findings.
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Setting up the successor to UnetLab: EVE-NG!

I’m happy to bring an update to my previous article about Unetlab. The successor to Unetlab, named EVE-NG, is now released. EVE-NG stands for Emulated Virtual Environment Next Generation and it’s packed with cool new features. I will describe some of them in this article, along with the setup procedure which is very similar to setting up Unetlab.
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HPE ProCurve port mirroring warning

There’s a bit of unexpected behaviour on ProCurve switches when configuring port mirroring if you come from a Cisco background. Ports that are configured as a destination for port mirroring are still actively participating in their configured broadcast domain(s). I have witnessed the most severe possible consequence in the form of a bridging loop on two core switches. For that reason, I see a warning as due diligence.
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New places as a system administrator

I thought I’d do a more generic topic for this post, although some of it is certainly applicable to network engineers as well. When I still did general system administration work I had this list that I used to get a grip on every new infrastructure that I came across. The list consists of a number of topics, most of which are relevant for any given IT infrastructure in existence. I am now sharing this list in the hope that it will be useful for folks starting at a new place or even for junior system administrators who are just getting started.
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