I want to take a moment to mention the great work Neal Anderson did in his NetApp ONTAP 9 Simulator Guide. This incredibly detailed (117 pages) guide not only shows you how to set up a NetApp ONTAP 9 simulator for your lab, but you’ll also learn how install/configure:
- VMware Player
- VyOS router
- Windows 2012 R2
- Ubuntu 16.04
Storage is critical to any infrastructure and while you’re learning it’s easy to quickly install a storage solution that’s not representative of what you’ll see in the real world. I try to make my lab environment match what I see in real production environments as much as possible. That means using segregated networks with VLANs, firewalls, load balancers, CA signed certificates, and with the help this guide you’ll be able to implement a real world storage solution.