Please bring the following with you when you attend SEC505:
- Laptop with 8GB or more of memory, a USB port, with any operating system you wish.
- A virtual machine (VM) running the free, evaluation version of Windows Server 2016 Datacenter Edition. Please install your VM before you arrive, not the morning of the training.
- When you install the VM using Microsoft's OS installation program, choose the option for "Windows Server 2016 Datacenter Evaluation (Desktop Experience)". Do not accept the default "Server Core" option.
- Bring a copy of the evaluation ISO file for Windows Server 2016 with you.
Please don't let your IT department spoil your training experience by giving you a "loaner laptop" that is too slow. Also, do not install Windows Server directly onto your laptop, you must use a VM for the training.
If you would like to install a second VM like the above, this is fun for testing IPSec between the two VMs, but it is not required for the course.
How should the Windows Server training VM be configured?
To test your training VM for the course, please confirm the following:
- In your virtualization software, such as VMware or Hyper-V, configure the VM to use "Host-Only" or "Private" networking (not "NAT", "Bridged" or "External").
- Do not apply updates or patches to the VM.
- Confirm that you can log into the VM using the built-in Administrator account. Do not rename the Administrator account or use a different account. Do not install Active Directory or run any SETUP scripts.
- On the desktop of the VM, confirm that it does not say "Evaluation Expired" in the bottom right-hand corner of the desktop. Create a new, fresh VM if your evaluation period has expired (do not run slmgr.vbs).
- Disconnect your host laptop from any wireless network and pull out any networking cables. Then, open the Control Panel inside the training VM, go to the "Network and Sharing Center" applet, click on the "Change adapter settings" link on the left, then confirm that your network interface is still enabled and appears to be connected to a live network. If your VM's network interface cannot stay enabled or connected, right-click that interface and disable it (disable the interface inside the VM, not on your host laptop). You will need to install the Loopback Adapter in Control Panel inside the VM (see instructions below).
If you wish to install VMware Tools or other similar virtualization support software inside your training VM, feel free to do so, but it is not required.
If you have questions about the laptop setup, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We are here to help!
What does the "Desktop Experience" option look like when installing Windows Server?
You will see the following screen after you've booted your VM from the Windows Server installation ISO file. Choose the "Desktop Experience" option at the bottom of the list for Windows Server 2016 Datacenter.
Where can I get the free evaluation version of Windows Server 2016?
You can download a free trial version of Windows Server 2016 from Microsoft as an ISO image file (an ISO file is an exported copy of a CD/DVD disk). Just do an Internet search on "site:microsoft.com windows server trial eval" to find the download link to the ISO file on Microsoft's web site. Make sure to get Windows Server 2016, not Server 2012.
Bring the ISO file with you on your hard drive when you attend the course.
VMware prompts me for a license number or I get a license error message!
Make sure you have the evaluation version of Windows Server, not the retail version.
When creating the virtual machine in VMWare, it is best to choose the option that says "I will install the operating system later" and then provide the path to the ISO file for Windows Server after the VM has been created, not during the initial creation.
After the VM has been created, go to the Settings of that VM and provide the path to the source ISO file. Now, when you start the VM, there should be no evaluation licensing problems.
Why doesn't SANS just provide attendees with a pre-built virtual machine?
We would if we could! Microsoft does not allow us to redistribute evaluation versions of Windows Server 2016 virtual machines, even though the ISO download is free and does not require a license number.
Do I need to install the Microsoft Loopback adapter? (Most likely not.)
Most likely, you do not need to install the Microsoft Loopback adapter inside your VM. Inside the VM, not on your host laptop, if the VM's network adapter will not stay enabled and connected when your host laptop does not have a live network connection, you will need to install the Microsoft Loopback adapter in Control Panel. This problem is common on older Dell laptops, but rare on other laptops (it's a driver issue, not hardware).
If you need to install the Microsoft Loopback adapter, follow these steps:
First, open the Control Panel inside the training VM, go to the "Network and Sharing Center" applet, click on the "Change adapter settings" link on the left, then right-click your current interface and disable it (this is the non-loopback interface). Go back to the main Control Panel list of applet icons.
Second, in Control Panel inside your training VM, double-click the "Device Manager" applet > right-click your server at the top in Device Manager > select "Add Legacy Hardware" > Next > select "Install the hardware that I manually select from a list (Advanced)" > select "Network Adapters" > Next > choose "Microsoft" as the manufacturer on the left > choose "Microsoft KM-TEST Loopback Adapter" on the right > Next > Next > Finish.
The Microsoft Loopback adapter is a simulated Ethernet network interface card which always appears to be connected to a live network, even though it is not.
If you have additional questions about the laptop specifications, please contact email@example.com.