Hardware / Software Requirements

NowSecure Lab Workstation System Requirements:

NowSecure Lab is designed to run in a Santoku Linux environment, typically as a Virtual Machine instance. Santoku Linux is a mobile security and forensics specialized version of the lightweight Lubuntu distribution. Lubuntu and other components of Santoku Linux are free and open source software (F/OSS).

Purchases of NowSecure Lab have the option of including a Macbook that comes pre-provisioned and ready to go out of the box. In these instances, the VM is loaded and configured following the listed specifications below.

For setups that do not include the pre-provisioned Macbook will recommend the following specifications:


VM Instance running using VMWare Fusion (7.0+) with a minimum of 2GB of assigned virtual memory. Based on Santoku Linux 0.4 (64-bit) - (“Listed as Other Linux 2.6 kernel” in the VM setup) Mac OS X 10.9 or later (host OS)


  • Apple Macbook Pro with equivalent or better specifications:
  • 2.4GHz+ Processor
  • 8GB memory
  • 256GB HDD Space
  • VMWare Fusion (7.0 or later)


  • (Min) Two (2) USB 2.0 or 3.0 ports

Internet Adapter

  • USB Wi-Fi adapter provided
  • Ethernet or WiFi connection (separate from included USB WiFi adapter – Ethernet adapter can be provided upon request)

Installing VMWare Fusion on Mac OSX:

If you already VMWare Fusion installed, please skip ahead to Step 1: Obtaining the viaLab ISO/VMWare Image

If you have a Macbook that you plan to use with NowSecure Lab, the next step is to install VMWare Fusion. You can either obtain a license key directly from VMWare, or sign-up for a 30-day trial. In either case, you will need to obtain the software:


Once on the page, scroll down to the “Personal Desktop” heading and select “VMWare Fusion.” The download will begin momentarily.

When the download completes, double-click the VMWareFusion.dmg file to being the installation. From there, follow the on-screen instructions to complete the install. When complete, you are ready to move on to Step 1.