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Please, lain. I need tips on how to
create a complete study setup
with the cheapest hardware on
the market.
What would be the ideal setup?
Can you help me set up
something cheap and
professional? Rpi and my best


Study setup for what?


code, sysadmin and rfid. My focus is telecom.


Sysadmin here:

If you are on a decent machine now - virtualize it.

Build a domain controller, a file server, and a client. Get them to talk. Run checklist and get them secure. Figure out how to streamline your updates. Practice backups and restores. Check event logs. Etc.

Get cisco packet tracer (or another emulator I guess) and build a simulated network. Learn the switches. Build a network with vlans, block ports on vlans, set up port security, run more security checklists, back your configs.

Get this book: The Practice of System and Network Administration, Second Edition - Thomas A. Limoncelli

Quick links I use for security:

Sysadmin is some dry work in my opinion.


you can do this with qemu as well, and I am sure many other vm tools.


I run a couple of VMs (dhcp,webserver,dns) on a athlon x2 270 8gb ram. Pretty cheap.
If you wanna learn networking you can download packettracer or buy some switches and routers on craiglist.



Sysadmin here as well. This is solid advice. You specified telecom in an earlier post - do you have a telecom product in mind?

Asterisk is an open source VoIP telecom system that you can get going to play around with. If you're looking at enterprise class stuff you are pretty much stuck until you get on the job - that stuff is expensive and usually requires proprietary equipment.

Do you have an OS in mind? The advice specified a domain controller which usually implies Windows, which isn't bad in the business world but might not be in line with your goals.

Learn to script things. If you choose Linux, bash, if you choose Windows, PowerShell. If you want something that does both, look at Python.

If you want hardware recommendations you can get some cheap stuff on ebay. Decent Dell R710s are about $400 and will allow you to run Nutanix Community Edition which is a virtualization product that will give you some enterprise level virtualization tech. VMware used to have a free edition as well, I don't know if they do anymore. You can of course do it on your local machine with VirtualBox or similar as well.

The book that lain recommends has a third edition now, which is more in line with the cloud-based world we now have to live in. Matter of fact, get yourself a Safari Books subscription; it's expensive but will get you a whole load of books that will be useful to you. It will also help you with coding.

Coding - what language are you looking at? What do you want to accomplish?

Packet Tracer and other programs might be a bit overkill unless you see yourself going in to the networking field. If you don't see yourself handling the network equipment I wouldn't worry about it. If you do, Packet Tracer is a solid choice.

Sysadmin is a feast or famine career, either there's nothing happening or your hair is on fire. But, it's OK overall.

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