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

The Linux+ Base Pod is one of 2 pods used to support Linux+ labs.

The Linux+ Install Pod is required for Labs 1a and 1b of Series 1, where installation of the OS is performed. All other Linux+ labs are supported using the Linux+ Base Pod. If you plan to include Lab 1a and Lab 1b of Series 1 as part of your course, you will need to also install the Linux+ Install Pod.

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

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


Lab Topology

Linux+ Base Pod

Virtual Machines

A description of the virtual machines in the Linux+ Base Pod is provided in the table below.

Image Name Virtual Machine Name
NISGTC_Linux+_Master_CentOS_Server CentOS Server
NISGTC_Linux+_Master_Fedora_Workstation Fedora Workstation
NISGTC_Linux+_Master_Ubuntu_Server Ubuntu Server
NISGTC_Linux+_Master_Ubuntu_Workstation Ubuntu Workstation

Storage Requirements

The Linux+ course will consume 21 GB of storage per each user pod instance.

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

Virtual Machines Initial Master Pod
(using full clones) GB
CentOS Server 11.5
Fedora Workstation 3.5
Ubuntu Server 2.5
Ubuntu Workstation 3.5
Total Recommended 21

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.