You must bring VMware Workstation or Fusion to run multiple operating systems when performing class exercises. If you do not own a licensed copy of VMware, you can download a free 30-day trial copy from www.vmware.com. VMware will send you a time-limited serial number if you register for the trial on its website. Linux virtual machines with all necessary tools will be provided to you on the first day of the course.
You must bring your own virtual machine image of Windows 7 SP0 or SP1 (32-bit or 64-bit), preferably the English version. It is highly recommended to also bring Windows 8.0 or 8.1 (32-bit or 64-bit) for some optional exercises. You may also bring Windows 10, although this is optional.
Tools needed for Windows will be issued in class. Make sure that you have the administrative ability to disable all security software and protection, including antivirus and personal firewalls. You may not be able to complete the exercises without this level of control. Also make sure that you can install software which may be blocked by administrative or security controls due to their nature. You will be installing various debuggers and vulnerable applications onto the virtual machines.
Attention Mac Users: VMware Fusion will work with the exercises for SEC660 on Mac OSX; however, there is the potential for issues depending on the version of Fusion you are running and the different types of hardware included with, or plugged into, your system. Some of these issues could inhibit your ability to complete some of the labs. Version 4.2.4 or later of VirtualBox is an alternative way to complete the exercises on Mac OSX; however, you may experience some of the aforementioned issues. You must be running OS X 10.6 "Snow Leopard" or newer. If you elect to stay with Fusion, please be prepared for the possibility of experiencing more difficulty during the lab set-up than you would using VMware Workstation on a PC. You will also need to map function keys such as F7 and F9 through any virtualization application on OSX in order to perform debugging.
You will be provided with a USB drive containing course tools. This drive is formatted in exFAT. If you are going to use Linux or Mac OS X hosts, please ensure that you have drivers installed to read the exFAT file system type.
Mandatory Laptop Hardware Requirements
- An external, USB Ethernet adapter - this is critical for certain labs
- PIII 1Ghz CPU minimum/M Series 1.5 GHz or higher is recommended
- 4 GB of RAM minimum, 8 GBs or more is highly recommended
- 100 GB hard drive minimum (HARD DRIVE SIZE IS CRITICAL)
- 30 GB of free space on your hard drive
- Bring your INSTALLATION DVDs or USBs to the course
- Ensure that you have administrative access over your system
- Verify that your processor architecture supports your VMware version. Do not wait until the day of class.
During the workshop, you will be connecting to one of the most hostile networks on earth! Your laptop might be attacked. Do not have any sensitive data stored on the system. SANS is not responsible for your system if someone in the class attacks it in the workshop.
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