This quick reference page provides a summary of the specifications of this topology. For a complete reference including installation details, please refer to the IT Essentials Pod Planning and Installation Guide

Topology Supports Documentation

Planning and Installation Guide

You may request virtual machine templates for the IT Essentials pod from CSSIA.


Lab Topology


Virtual Machines

The image names of the virtual machines in the ITE Pod are provided in the table below.

Image Virtual Machine
CiscoITE_Win2008 Windows Server
CiscoITE_Win7-PC1 Windows 7 PC 1
CiscoITE_Win7-PC2 Windows 7 PC 2
CiscoITE_WinVista-PC1 Windows Vista PC 1
CiscoITE_WinVista-PC2 Windows Vista PC 2
CiscoITE_WinXP-PC1 Windows XP PC 1
CiscoITE_WinXP-PC2 Windows XP PC 2

Storage Requirements

The ITE Pod will consume 80 GB of storage per each user pod instance.

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

Virtual Machine Initial Master Pod
(using full clones) GB
Windows Server 16
Windows 7 PC 1 16
Windows 7 PC 2 16
Windows Vista PC 1 11
Windows Vista PC 2 11
Windows XP PC 1 5
Windows XP PC 2 5
Total Recommended 80

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.