This quick reference page provides a summary of the specifications of the A+ v4 Pod.

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A+ v4 Pod
A+ v4
A+ v4 NETLAB+ A+ v4 Pod Installation Guide

You may request virtual machine templates for the A+ v4 Pod from CSSIA.


Lab Topology

A+ v4 Pod

Virtual Machines - Storage Requirements

Details of the storage requirements for each of the virtual machines in the A+ v4 Pod are provided in the table below. The Virtual Machine Deployment Names are provided as a suggested naming convention. The A+ v4 course will consume 81.3 GB of storage per each master pod instance. Some fluctuation in the numbers may occur.

Virtual Machine Virtual Machine Deployment Name OVF/OVA Initial Master Pod
(thin provisioning)
Lubuntu NDG_APlusv4_Master.Lubuntu 7.6 GB 12.7 GB
Win10 NDG_APlusv4_Master.Win10 20.3 GB 37.8 GB
Win7 NDG_APlusv4_Master.Win7 7 GB 13.7 GB
Win8.1 NDG_APlusv4_Master.Win8-1 9.8 GB 17.1 GB
Total   44.7 GB 81.3 GB

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 CSSIA VM Image Sharing Agreement.
  3. Complete and submit your access request by following the instructions on the request form.
  4. CSSIA will provide, via email, password-protected download links. Access to the download links 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, Red Hat Academy, and/or Palo Alto Networks Cybersecurity Academy).
  5. Once all virtual machines have been downloaded, they can be deployed following the steps in the appropriate pod installation guide. Each virtual machine is deployed individually.