Sanity check: Setting up a Cyber Security Home Lab using my Unraid Box

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Afternoon all!

I'm looking to change careers into the Cyber Security space later this year, and with no actual industry experience i'm trying to get hands on with as many tools and technologies as possible to prove that I have some idea of what i'm doing :p

It's come to the point where I need to get a proper homelab set up to start emulating attacking/defending, but feeling a bit lost as to where to start so wondering if someone can eye over my plan below to see if it would work or i'm barking up the wrong tree.

- Using my Unraid box (2700x/64GB DDR4/3070/1TS SSD/28TB pool) as the Host
- OPNsense in a docker container/vm to act as the firewall/router of the Virtual private network
- Windows Server/Linux Server/Windows Hosts/Kali Linux VM/Security Onion VM etc. etc. all connected through the OPNsense VM

I have OPNsense set up on a Dell optiplex for my actual firewall/router, but wanting to emulate an entire physical network homelab all within my Unraid box.

Would that be possible? And would it make sense or is there a better way to do it?

As you may be able to tell, i'm relatively new to this level of stuff so any help would be greatly appreciated :D
 
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Thanks for the reply @LostCorpse !

I'm aiming to get into a SOC analyst role early next year, the red team/pentesting side is probably what has piqued my interest in the industry, but I realise those sorts of roles aren't for newbies, and are few and far between, so SOC analyst seems to be a good way to get into the industry. Have to learn how to protect something to attack it best after all!

Already working my way through TryHackMe which is a great help for getting used to tools and getting the basics down!

Now to try and put everything together, wish me luck :p
 
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