!!! IMPORTANT NOTICE !!!
1) LAB PREPARATION
Please plan to arrive 30 minutes early before your first session for lab preparation and setup. During this time, students can confirm that each cloud account is properly set up, ensure that laptops have virtualization enabled, copy the lab files, and start the Linux virtual machine. For students taking the course Live Online, the instructor will be available to assist them with laptop prep and setup 30 minutes prior to the start of the course.
The first lab of the course, Lab 0, is the foundation for the rest of the course. Failure to complete Lab 0 will prevent the student from completing any other lab exercise. Students should complete as much of Lab 0 as possible prior to the first session.
2) MANDATORY CLOUD ACCOUNTS
Students must bring their own AWS, Azure, or GCP accounts to complete the course labs.
The SEC510 course labs contain lab exercises for AWS, Azure, and GCP. Most labs can be completed with any one of these providers. However, we strongly recommend completing the labs for all three providers to learn how the services in each differ in small, yet critical ways. Experiencing this nuance in these interactive labs will help you better defend each platform and prepare for the GPCS certification.
Prior to the start of class, students must create the cloud accounts for the providers they would like to use. Students who would like to complete the Firebase lab must create a GCP account even if they choose not to complete the rest of the GCP exercises. The average cost to run the labs with all three providers enabled is < $5 USD per-day. AWS costs are less for free-tier accounts. New Azure subscriptions may be eligible for a $200 credit for 30 days.
- Students must create AWS, Azure, or GCP accounts prior to starting the course to complete the lab exercises for each:
Live events (in-person or Live Online)
3) MANDATORY LAPTOP REQUIREMENT
Students must bring their 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.
Students must be in full control of the network running the VM. The VM communicates with several external services (AWS, Azure, GCP, etc.) over HTTPS, SSH, and other non-standard ports. Running the course virtual machine on a host with a VPN, intercepting proxy, or egress firewall filter may cause connection issues communicating with these services. Students must be able to configure or disable these services for the lab environment to function properly.
BRING YOUR OWN LAPTOP CONFIGURED USING THE FOLLOWING DIRECTIONS.
- A properly configured system is required for each student participating in this course. Before starting your course, carefully read and follow these instructions exactly:
- 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.
- Fully update your host operating system prior to the class to ensure you have the right drivers and patches installed to utilize the latest USB 3.0 devices.
- Those who use a Linux host must also be able to access exFAT partitions using the appropriate kernel or FUSE modules.
- Download and install 7-Zip (for Windows Hosts) or Keka (macOS). Without these extraction tools, you'll be unable to extract large archives we'll supply to you in class.
- 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 at its website.
- Other 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 are not compatible with Windows 10 Credential Guard and Device Guard technologies. Please disable these capabilities for the duration of the class if they're enabled on your system by following instructions in this document.
Mandatory Host Hardware Requirements
- CPU: 64-bit 2.5+ GHz multi-core processor or higher
- BIOS/UEFI: VT-x, AMD-V, or the equivalent must be enabled in the BIOS/UEFI
- Hard Disk: Solid-State Drive (SSD) is MANDATORY with 50GB of free disk space minimum
- Memory: 16GB of RAM or higher is mandatory for this class (IMPORTANT! - 16GB of RAM is MANDATORY)
- Working USB 2.0 or higher port
- Wireless Ethernet 802.11 B/G/N/AC
- Local Administrator Access within your host operating system
Mandatory Host Operating System Requirements
You must use a 64-bit laptop with one of the following operating systems that have been verified to be compatible with course VMware image:
- Latest version of Windows 10, macOS 10.15.x or later, or Linux that also can install and run VMware virtualization products described below.
Mandatory Software Requirements
Prior to class, ensure that the following software is installed on the host operating system:
- VMware Workstation Pro 15.5.X+, VMware Player 15.5.X+, or Fusion 11.5+
- Zip File Utility (7Zip or the built-in operating system zip utility)
Cloud Virtual Machine (AWS AMI)
If your workstation or network does not meet the above requirements, please reach out to your instructor, TA, or OnDemand SME for access to the SEC510 Amazon Machine Image (AMI). After sharing the AMI, instructions will be provided for launching and connecting to the virtual machine over Remote Desktop (RDP). This option is required for students that cannot meet the laptop requirements.
Before beginning the course you should:
- Complete Lab 0.
- Have a laptop with a solid-state drive (SSD), 16GB of RAM, and a 64-bit operating system.
- Install VMware (Workstation or Fusion).
- Windows only: Verify that the BIOS settings have the Intel VT virtualization extensions enabled.
- Download the SEC510 Lab Setup Instructions and Course Media from your sans.org account.
- Register a NEW AWS account prior to the start of the class at https://aws.amazon.com
- Register a NEW Azure account and paid subscription prior to the start of class at https://azure.microsoft.com
- Register a NEW GCP account with a free trial prior to the start of class at https://cloud.google.com
After you have completed those steps, your course media will be delivered via download. The media files for class can be large, some in the 40 to 50 GB range. 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 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. Additionally, certain classes are using an electronic workbook in addition to the PDFs. The number of classes using eWorkbooks will increase quickly. 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.
If you have additional questions about the laptop specifications, please contact email@example.com.