How to set up a safe test environment?

By rmarinuccijr ·
I would like to set up a safe test environment outside my general network but am not sure how to go ahead with it. I have access to the hardware (servers, switches, hubs, etc) but dont know where to begin after imaging them. Do I just assign these machines static IPs and connect them all to a switch? How do I configure the gateway? Do I need to configure a router/switch to do this? I want to test Nagios for use in our Dev lab so I dont have to manually check the disk space, etc on every machine every day like I do now. Any help, links, docs etc would be much appreciated.

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by Jellimonsta In reply to How to set up a safe test ...

You could setup a DMZ on your firewall that is lower security than your LAN. You could ensure the 'test' environment then has access to the Internet (which it may also be worth bandwidth policing to cap at a certain limit), but cannot communicate with your corporate environment (and therefore mess with).
You could either ACL it so that the test cannot get to corporate, or neither environment can communicate.

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