INTRODUCTION

Over many years of developing courses, writing books, and just doing my job, I have had to build countless systems. Sometimes, there is ample documentation for doing things but often, it’s been difficult to pull a lot of pieces of information together from many different sources. This was an attempt to pull a lot of that information together into a single resource. This is not meant to be an exhaustive resource that covers all possible combinations of systems and software. Instead, it’s meant to provide some inspiration and guidance about how to go about solving some of the issues that arise from putting a lab together.

Hopefully the chapters follow a useful, if not entirely narrative, arc. This starts with Chapter 1, covering ...

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