Intel-based systems should have Pentium III 500 MHz or better CPU.
PowerPC based systems should have a G3, G4 or G5 processor.
The computer should have at least 256 MB of RAM.
The computer should have at least 20MB of disk space free.
The computer needs to have a sound card. You either need built-in speakers (common on laptops) or external speakers or a headset plugged in to the audio speaker jack.
A microphone is optional. The primary method for asking questions will be by using the embedded Direct Messaging capability in the Elluminate session.
A video camera is not required for SANS vLive! classes or SANS webcasts.
You can use most modern operating systems.
Windows: You can use 98/Me/2000/XP/Vista/Windows 7. For Windows 2000, likely both Workstation and Server will work. Even though it's not listed, Windows 2003 should work also. For Windows XP, both Home and Professional versions are supported.
Mac OS: You need to be using either 9.2 or 10.2 or newer for the 10.x branch.
Unix: Solaris and Linux are explicitly supported. Most likely other Unix variants will work as well as long as you have the Java Runtime Environment installed.
Your computer needs to have the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) software installed. This provides the Java Virtual Machine (JVM) needed to process the Java code used by Elluminate.
The 1.3.x and older 1.4.x versions of JRE will NOT work as they do not properly support Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) which is used to encrypt the network connections.
Any 5.0 Update ## or 6.0 Update ## version of the JRE software will work. You can get the JRE software from http://www.java.com. The latest version at this time is 6.0 Update 19.
If you have an older version of the JRE installed, after updating to a newer version, you should uninstall the older version.
Elluminate will work with network connections as low as 28.8Kbps dial-up connections. We recommend a broadband connection to avoid excessive buffering during class.
The only network connections that are not recommended for use with the SANS vLive! classes and SANS webcasts are satellite connections. The problem is the latency introduced by the time it takes for the signal to go up to and come back down from the satellite.
Elluminate's preferred connection method is to use TCP port 2187 to our server. Our Elluminate server's IP address is currently 18.104.22.168. Optionally, TCP port 443 can be used instead.
By default, the Elluminate client only attempts to connect to the server on TCP ports 2187 and 80. If you have problems connecting to our server with the default configuration, please refer to the following two FAQ entries.
If you are behind a firewall that is blocking outbound connections on TCP port 2187, you have two options.
Option 1: Our Elluminate server is
also listening for connections on TCP port 443. This is the port that is
normally used for HTTPS (SSL-secured HTTP web traffic).
If you are trying to connect to one of our Elluminate sessions and the connection is failing, click on 'Tools -> Preferences', then click 'General -> Proxy Configuration' and select 'HTTP Direct' as the connection method.
Now click on 'Session -> Join Class...'. Your client will now try
connecting to our server on TCP port 2187, TCP port 80 and TCP port 443.
If you still can't connect, or can connect, but keep getting disconnected every minute or so, you may be behind a web proxy server. Please review the information below in this case.
Option 2: Contact your organization's IT security folks and ask them to modify the firewall policy so your computer can connect directly to
our server. See the information above for the necessary port and IP address.
If there is a valid business need to connect to a specific address/port, most organizations are willing to modify firewall policies.
If you are trying to connect to one of our Elluminate sessions and the connection is failing, or you are able to connect but keep getting disconnected every minute or so, then in the Elluminate window, click on 'Tools -> Preferences' on a Windows system or on 'Elluminate Live!->Preferences' on a Mac system, then click 'General -> Proxy Configuration' and select 'HTTP(S) proxy server' as the connection method. Then replace the Server and Port information with the IP address and port of your organization's web proxy server.
Now click on 'Session -> Join Class...'. Your client will now try connecting to your proxy server and passing on a request to connect to
our server on TCP port 443.
If you still can't connect, your organization appears to be using a proxy server that does not like longtime connections that are being
maintained by your machine connecting to our Elluminate server.
In this case, you will need to follow the option above and get your organization to modify their firewall policy.
Login to your SANS Account Dashboard at https://www.sans.org/account. Click on 'SANS vLive!' and then click on the link for your SANS vLive! class. On this page there is a link list of Sessions. The current Session link will be available one hour before class begins and will be labeled "Live Session."
Click on the "Live Session" link then click OK in the Java Web Start pop-up. Your Course Meeting will download and open.
Login to your SANS Account Dashboard at https://www.sans.org/account. Click on 'Self Study Files' and then click on the link for your SANS vLive! class. On this page there is a link list of Course Sessions.
Once you have found the recording, click on the link then select "Open With" then click OK for the Java Web Start program. Your Course Recording will download and open.
NOTE: Do not save the .jnlp file. You must open the session while connected to the internet to view.
Login to your SANS Account Dashboard at https://www.sans.org/account. Click on 'Self Study Files' and then click on the link for your SANS vLive! class. At the bottom of this page under the "Evaluation Forms" section there is a link that will take you to the class evaluation page.
The most current session will be selected for evaluation by default. You can evaluate a specific session by select it from the "Date of the Webcast" drop-down.
Login to your SANS Account Dashboard. On the left side of the screen, click on the 'SANS vLive! link. Click on the link for the webcast archive in which you are interested.
If you are not currently logged into the SANS Account, you will be prompted to enter your email address and password. Do so and then click the 'click here to register' link.
If you are currently logged into the SANS Account Dashboard, the page will indicate this is the case. Simply click the 'click here to register' link.
There will be a link to the webcast recording. Click on the 'Webcast Archive - Click Here' link to connect to the Elluminate recording.
Go to http://www.sans.org. In the 'Next webcast:' box, click the 'click here' link.
If you are not currently logged into the SANS Portal, you will be prompted to enter your portal email address and password. Do so and then click the 'click here to register' link.
If you are currently logged into the SANS Portal, the page will indicate this is the case. Simply click the 'click here to register' link.
If it is more than one hour to the start of the webcast, there will be link for a test session. You can use this Elluminate session to validate that your computer has the required Java software and the required network access to connect to our server. Click on the 'Webcast Test Room - Please Check Your System' link to test your access. After doing so, you will either need to refresh the page, or come back to this page within one hour of the webcast start to find the link to the live session.
If it is less that one hour before the start of the webcast, or it is during the webcast, there will be a link to the live webcast session. Click on the 'Live Webcast - Click Here!' link to join the Elluminate session.
If there are network delays, either on your end or on the instructor's end, Elluminate will buffer the audio stream until the connection is
re-established and then sends it out to you at an accelerated pace so
that you can "catch up" to realtime.
As a result of the speedup process, the instructor's voice sounds like a higher pitch.
You may be experiencing network congestion or delays on your end or the instructor may be experiencing network congestion or delays on their end. We have indicators in the Elluminate room for each participant that tell us who is experiencing any delays.
If just one or two students are having audio delays, which is a strong indication that the problem is on the student's end.
If all of the students are having audio delays, which is a strong indication that the problem is on the instructor's end.
If all of the students have audio and whiteboard delays, and a significant portion of the students keep getting disconnected from the room, that would be a strong indication that the problem is on our end where the server is located.
The SANS vLive! technical support person in the room will be contacting students they see having delays to let them know that we are aware of it and to help troubleshoot the issue if possible.
If the delays make listening to the live class too difficult for you, each class is recorded and the recordings are normally available within 2 hours from the end of the class.
If network problems on the instructor's end or on our end interfere with the class significantly, we will cancel class and schedule a makeup session when it can be run normally.
You probably have a firewall blocking your outbound attempts to connect to our server. Please review the above information.
You are probably behind a firewall that is blocking your attempt to
connect directly to our server and are trying to connect by using your
proxy server. Some proxy servers do not like long-lived connections
and will disconnect them after a certain interval. Please review the
Your Java application cache on your computer may have gotten corrupted. So far, we have only seen this occur on Windows systems. On a Windows
box, open the Control Panel and start the Java applet. On the General
tab, click 'Delete Files...'. On the next window, leave all three
options selected and click 'OK'. Click 'OK' on the Java applet window.
Now connect to our Elluminate server again. Your computer will re-download the 6.3MB of Java code files from our server need to build
the Elluminate classroom.
Check the version of Java Runtime Environment (JRE) that you are running. If you have 1.3.x or 1.4.x, please refer to section 2.3 of the FAQ. You need to update to version 5.x.