For some time I have been trying different things on how to build a good Network Automation Lab. You would think that this can be as trivial as just your typical GNS3 lab hooked up with some VMs where you can launch your scripts, but in my mind, I wanted something very simple and straightforward, pretty much painless approach to building one. I had a good idea of how this kind of lab should be. Below are the points which guided me in my search for the right kind of setup.
Before I get into my story I just want to give an overview of what Network Automation is as I understand not everybody who might read this will be familiar with it. If you are new to networking or has plans to jump on board, this is probably the most important thing that you need to know. The whole networking industry has been undergoing a shift for the last couple of years now.