In this chapter, we will cover:

•   Virtual local area networks (VLANs)

•   Trunking

•   Routing

•   Software defined networking

You have your operating systems determined. You have your strategy for how you are going to be building your systems, whether it’s virtual or physical. If it’s physical, you have decided whether you are using preconfigured and built systems or whether you are going to be building your own. Perhaps you are going to be using single-board computers like the Raspberry Pi exclusively. No matter what your computing devices are, you will need to be connecting them. Even if you are using all virtual machines, there is still connectivity involved. This is where we need to start talking about networking. ...

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