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 v6 Pod Planning and Installation Guide

Topology Supports Documentation

Planning and Installation Guide

You may request virtual machine templates for the IT Essentials v6 Pod from CSSIA.


Lab Topology


Virtual Machines

The image names of the virtual machines in the ITEv6 Pod are provided in the table below.

Image Virtual Machine
Cisco_ITE_v6_Master_Win2012R2 Windows Server 2012 R2
Cisco_ITE_v6_Master_Win7_1 Windows 7 PC 1
Cisco_ITE_v6_Master_Win7_2 Windows 7 PC 2
Cisco_ITE_v6_Master_Win81_1 Windows 8.1 PC 1
Cisco_ITE_v6_Master_Win81_2 Windows 8.1 PC 2

Storage Requirements

The ITEv6 Pod will consume 47 GB of storage per each user pod instance.

Details of the storage requirements for each of the lab virtual machines in the ITEv6 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 2012 R2 8
Windows 7 PC 1 7.5
Windows 7 PC 2 7.5
Windows 8.1 PC 1 13
Windows 8.1 PC 2 11
Total Recommended 47

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.