This quick reference page provides a summary of the specifications of the A+ Pod.

The A+ Pod is a 100% virtual machine pod consisting of four virtual machines. Linked together through virtual networking, these virtual machines provide the environment for a student or team to perform the A+ labs.

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A+ Pod

You may request virtual machine templates for the A+ Pod from CSSIA.


Lab Topology

A+ Pod

Virtual Machines

The virtual machines in the A+ Pod are listed below. The Virtual Machine Deployment Names are provided as a suggested naming convention.

Virtual Machine Topology Name Virtual Machine Deployment Name
Win7-01 NISGTC_A+_Win7-01
Win7-02 NISGTC_A+_Win7-02
Win2k8 NISGTC_A+_Win2k8

Storage Requirements

The A+ course will consume 53 GB of storage per each master pod instance.

Details of the storage requirements for each of the lab virtual machines in the A+ Pod are provided in the table below. Some fluctuation in the numbers may occur.

Virtual Machine vCPU vRam GB Storage
(thin provisioning) GB
Win XP 1 .5 4
Win7-01 1 1 15
Win7-02 1 1 15
Win2k8 1 1 19
Total Recommended 4 3.5 53

Virtual Machine Templates

The Center for Systems Security and Information Assurance (CSSIA) provides virtual machine templates to install on the pod.

To request access to the preconfigured virtual machine templates from CSSIA:

  1. Go to the CSSIA Resources page:
  2. Select VM Image Sharing Agreement - Image Sharing Agreement.
  3. Select VM Image Sharing Agreement to open the request form.
  4. Complete and submit your access request by following the instructions on the request form.
  5. CSSIA will email a link, along with a username and password to access the download server. Access to the download server is provided only to customers who are current with their NETLAB+ support contract and are participants in the appropriate partner programs (i.e. Cisco Networking Academy, VMware IT Academy, and/or EMC Academic Alliance).
  6. Once access to the download server has been established, the virtual machines can be deployed directly to the vCenter Server by clicking on File > Deploy OVF Template in the vClient window and copying the link into the location field.
  7. The deployment will start after the username and password are entered.
  8. Each virtual machine is deployed individually.
  9. Please refer to the appropriate pod installation guide for the virtual machines you are downloading.

Please refer to the NETLAB+ A+ Pod Installation Guide for details on installing the VMs on your NETLAB+ system.