TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

The goal is to have as many teams as possible take part in the competition. We understand that some schools and organizations do not have as much access to equipment as others, so technical specifications have been kept to a minimum. In every round except the National Finals competition, teams can participate from any location. Many teams participate at their school, their organizational headquarters, or a library.

NEW for 2017-2018
Notice: ALL TEAMS ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE 64-BIT, HOST COMPUTERS AND OPERATING SYSTEMS TO COMPETE SUCCESSFULLY IN CYBERPATRIOT X.

Teams using 32-bit, host computers or operating systems will have compatibility issues with the CyberPatriot X competition software and VMWare Workstation Player 12 and higher versions. Issues resulting from the use of 32-bit systems will not be grounds for special consideration. Plan now so you can successfully compete in CyberPatriot X.

If you have any questions concerning 64-bit system requirements or need help please read the hardware and software requirements below or contact the CyberPatriot Program Office at cpoc@uscyberpatriot.org or tel. 877-885-5716.

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To determine if your Windows operating system is 32-bit either:
1. Go to Control Panel and Click the System icon
OR
2.Click the Start or Windows button
Right click on the Computer or This PC icon
Click Properties

In either case the System screen appears. In the System section of the screen your system type will be identified like this:
System type:       32-bit Operating System (or something similar)
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HARDWARE REQUIREMENTS
The following are the hardware requirements for CyberPatriot X. It is recommended that teams use one host machine for each image in around. If teams do not have access to enough host machines, it is recommended that they do not run more than one image on a single machine at one time. If they do so, these specifications will be inadequate.

  • 1.5 Ghz or faster core speed Intel x86 compatible processor
  • 64-bit x86 Intel Core 2 Duo Processor or equivalent, AMD Athlon™ 64 FX Dual Core
  • 4 GB of RAM minimum / 8 GB of RAM recommended
  • 30 GB of free disk space
  • XGA (1024×768) or higher display

In order to participate in CyberPatriot, a host system must be able to run VMware Player 12.5.5. VMware Player 12.5.5 is free software that runs on 64-bit host operating systems and is the officially supported software for the competition. Other versions of VMware Player are available, but issues stemming from the use of these versions are not grounds for appeal. Some host systems will appear to conform to the above requirements, but are still unable to run VMware Player 12.5.5. If you are not sure whether your system is capable of running VMware Player 12.5.5, please refer to the VMware Player Documentation.

SOFTWARE REQUIREMENTS

  • Operating Systems: 64-Bit Windows 7 or later. Must be capable of running VMWare Workstation 12.5 or later. Other operating systems such as Apple Mac Operating Systems and Linux Operating Systems may be used at the team’s own risk, but issues resulting from their use are not grounds for appeal or special consideration.
  • WinMD5
    • Used for verifying the checksum of the images to ensure that they have been fully downloaded
    • Install guide
  • 7-Zip
    • Used for unzipping the images after they have been downloaded
    • Install guide
  • VMware Workstation Player 12.5.5 for Windows.
    • Used to play the images after they have been unzipped
    • Due to the paid nature of VMware Fusion and the limited number of teams using Mac systems, the CyberPatriot Program Office does not provide support for this software. If you only have access to Apple computers, please see this guide for some advice on how to participate in the competition: CyberPatriot Mac Guide.
    • How to open a virtual machine image

NOTES ON COMPETING WITH APPLE MAC OPERATING SYSTEMS

  • Due to the paid nature of VMware Fusion and the limited number of teams using Mac systems, the CyberPatriot Program Office does not test or provide support for this software or other Apple Mac software.
  • Teams using Apple Mac computers should have a Windows computer available during the competition in case there is a compatibility issue with the software. The Windows computer must meet technical specifications listed on this page to be compatible with the CyberPatriot software.
  • Issues stemming from the use of Apple Mac software, Fusion, or other Apple Mac software are not grounds for appeal or special consideration. If you have access only to Apple computers, please see this unofficial guide for a Coach’s advice on how to participate in the competition: CyberPatriot Mac Guide.

BIOS AND VIRTUAL EXTENSION REQUIREMENTS

Virtual extensions or similar settings must be enabled in the host computer BIOS if the VMware Workstation Player fails to function correctly.

NETWORK REQUIREMENTS

CyberPatriot requires a DSL or faster network connection. The most common difficulty encountered by teams during competition is having their traffic blocked by a school firewall, filter, or proxy server. All teams will need unrestricted access to HTTP on Port 80 to participate in CyberPatriot. If your school has restrictions on access through Port 80, please contact the CyberPatriot Program Office at cpoc@uscyberpatriot.org .