Important! Bring your own system configured according to these instructions!
A properly configured system is required to fully participate in this course. If you do not carefully read and follow these instructions, you will likely leave the class unsatisfied because you will not be able to participate in hands-on exercises that are essential to this course. Therefore, we strongly urge you to arrive with a system meeting all the requirements specified for the course.
CRITICAL NOTE: Apple systems using the M1 processor line cannot perform the necessary virtualization functionality and therefore cannot in any way be used for this course.
Host Operating System: Latest version of Windows 10, macOS 10.15.x or later, or Linux that also can install and run VMware virtualization products described below.
It is necessary to fully update your host operating system prior to the class to ensure that you have the right drivers and patches installed to utilize the latest USB 3.0 devices.
Students who use a Linux host must also be able to access exFAT partitions using the appropriate kernel or FUSE modules.
Students also must have 8 gigabytes of RAM or higher for the VM to function properly in the class.
It is critical that your CPU and operating system support 64 bit so that our 64-bit guest virtual machine will run on your laptop.
In addition to having 64-bit-capable hardware, AMD-V, Intel VT-x, or the equivalent must be enabled in BIOS/UEFI.
You must download and install either VMware Workstation Pro 15.5.x, VMware Player 15.5.x, or Fusion 11.5.x or higher versions before class. If you do not own a licensed copy of VMware Workstation or Fusion, you can download a free 30-day trial copy from VMware. VMware will send you a time-limited serial number if you register for the trial on its website.
Other types of virtualization software, such as VirtualBox and Hyper-V, are not appropriate because of compatibility and troubleshooting problems you might encounter during class.
VMware Workstation Pro and VMware Player on Windows 10 is not compatible with Windows 10 Credential Guard and Device Guard technologies.
MANDATORY SEC537 SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
- CPU: 64-bit 2.0+ GHz processor or higher-based system is mandatory for this course (Important - Please Read: a 64-bit system processor is mandatory)
- BIOS/UEFI: VT-x, AMD-V, or the equivalent must be enabled in the BIOS/UEFI
- RAM: 8 gigabytes of RAM or higher is mandatory for this course (Important - Please Read: 8 gigabytes of RAM or higher is mandatory)
- Wireless Ethernet 802.11 G/N/AC
- USB 3.0 port (courseware provided via USB)
- Disk: 30 gigabytes of free disk space
- VMware Workstation Pro 15.5.X+, VMware Player 15.5.X+, or Fusion 11.5+
- Privileged access to the host operating system with the ability to disable security tools
- A Linux virtual machine will be provided in class
Your course media will be delivered via download. The media files for class can be large, roughly 40-50 gigabytes in size. You need to allow plenty of time for the download to complete. Internet connections and speed vary greatly and are dependent on many different factors. Therefore, it is not possible to give an estimate of the length of time it will take to download your materials. Please start your course media downloads as soon as you get the link. You will need your course media immediately on the first day of class. Waiting until the night before the class starts to begin your download has a high probability of failure.
SANS has begun providing printed materials in PDF form, and this class uses an electronic workbook in addition to the PDFs. In this new environment, we have found that a second monitor and/or a tablet device can be useful for keeping the class materials visible while the instructor is presenting or while you are working on lab exercises