This quick reference page provides a summary of the specifications of the EMC CIS Series 1 Pod. The EMC CIS Series 1 Pod was designed to support the EMC Cloud Infrastructure and Services (CIS) Series 1 labs.

The EMC CIS Series 1 Pod is a 100% virtual machine pod consisting of six virtual machines. Linked together through virtual networking, these five virtual machines provide the environment for a student or team to perform the EMC CIS labs.

You may request virtual machine templates for the EMC CIS Series 1 Pod from CSSIA.


Lab Topology

EMC CIS Series 1 Pod

Storage Requirements

The EMC CIS Series 1 course will consume 51 GB of storage per each master pod instance.

Details of the storage requirements for each of the lab virtual machines in the CIS Series 1 Pod are provided in the table below. Some fluctuation in the numbers may occur.

Lab Virtual Machines Role Initial Master Pod
Ubuntu Ubuntu client 10.5GB
ESXi01 Virtualized ESXi server. 1.0GB
ESXi02 Virtualized ESXi server. 1.0GB
NAS01 Datastore 15.0GB
NAS02 Datastore 15.0GB
vCenter Appliance A virtual Microsoft Windows Server that runs an instance of VMware vCenter server. 8.5GB
Total Recommended 51.0GB

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.