The nested vSphere lab or physical lab? That’s the question. Nested lab builds with the use of VMware Workstation has an advantages, but also an inconvenients. The obvious advantage is price, as you only need single powerwfull PC or laptop. In addition you can use the same box for something else, like multimedia, or gaming. Physical lab offers you more flexibility and power, but costs more.
Get this free E-book I wrote for people wanting to built a nested lab on a PC with limited resources, or a laptop. An 8gigs of RAM is necessary with preference having a SSD in the machine as well. This nested vSphere lab runs two virtual ESXi hosts together with DC, vCenter all together with client VMs. You can follow the step-by-step guide which is in the book.