System Requirements for Training Courses
Updated 10 December 2007
Minimum Hardware Requirements
Training Services would like to help you make informed hardware choices that will meet your wide range of classroom instruction needs. For this reason, we include a list of minimum hardware requirements in the Instructor Guide for each course, and attempt to make these requirements consistent across all courses.
Because of current developments in the way courses are delivered to students using virtual machines (VMware software and Xen virtual software), we have revised the minimum hardware requirements.
The current list of minimum hardware requirements includes the following:
- Pentium 4 - 2.8Ghz CPU
- Monitor and Graphics Card capable of displaying 1280x1024 resolution
- 4 GB RAM
- 60 GB hard disk drive
- CD/DVD drive
Recommended Hardware Requirements
Remember that the above requirements are listed as minimum, and that some courses might require additional hardware.
For this reason, as you plan for future purchases or upgrade of equipment for your classrooms, we recommend including in your hardware specifications at least 4 GB of memory and a 60 GB hard drive. We also recommend that your CPU be VT-enabled (see http://www.asisupport.com/intel_vt_nl_12-05.htm) for future use with courses running Xen virtual machines that might require a VT-enabled CPU.
Recommended Procedures and Information Resources
After you have ensured that the hardware you are considering meets the hardware requirements, we recommend that you do one or more of the following:
- Find another training partner with the same hardware and ask how it performs with our products and courses.
- Test the system before you buy. If you are buying multiple systems, ask the vendor to let you test one system for compatibility.
- Avoid hardware with leading edge components that might not yet be supported.
One of the best resources for finding out what others are experiencing with hardware is the CNI forums. Review the existing messages, or post one of your own to receive valuable feedback.
Another resource is to review the list of hardware that has YES certified (see http://developer.novell.com/yessearch/common_searches.jsp). However, while the YES mark demonstrates proven compatibility with our products, you also need to consider the hardware requirements listed above when making purchase decisions for delivering our courses.