I am looking for guidance on how best to get started with checkpoint fw and begin working towards ccsa. I am soon to start a networking role for a 4000 employee company that has a checkpoint fw environment and wish to get a head start. I am aware of the cp4b site and intend to use this as one my resources initially.
I am however struggling to decide on how best to set myself up with the best hardware, for running beginner labs and building up to more complex lab environments when i start the ccsa studies. I am looking at 2 options:-
1) Purchasing an Intel NUC with 64gb and running esxi.
2) Purchasing a laptop (16-32gb RAM) and running checkpoint labs in a nested environment inside vm workstation.
My background is predominantly Cisco R&S with a limited amount of exposure to asa and next gen firepower. I have very little exposure to vmware (esxi or workstation), and zero exposure to checkpoint.
I don' want to focus on which of the above options is the better vmware home lab (from a hardware point of view, as opposed to buying a 2nd hand workstation or rack mounted server), I am looking to understand from a checkpoint learning perspective, what will get me up and running quickly, is easiest to manage day to day, and serve me best long term?
I will be using windows eval licences and vmware 60 day licencing, if that has any relevance on the above.
Can anyone please offer any guidance? Many Thanks...