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Technical requirements

Software and hardware requirements for successful participation in CyberTaipan.

The goal of CyberTaipan is to have as many teams as possible take part in the competition, no matter where in Australia they are. We understand that some schools and organisations 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, teams can participate from any location. Many teams participate at their school, their organisational headquarters (e.g. scout hall), or a library.


Speak now to your relevant school IT administrator to plan how you can successfully compete in CyberTaipan. If you have any questions concerning 64-bit system requirements or need help please read the hardware and software requirements below or contact the CyberTaipan Program Office at

Hardware requirements

The following are the hardware requirements for CyberTaipan. Each host computer must be able to run VMware Workstation Player 14.1.2. It is recommended that teams use one host machine for each image in a round. This means five machines per team are recommended to complete the round. 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 and result in technical errors. 

Processor: (made 2011 or after) Intel 64-bit i3 processor of the generation “Sandy Bridge” or better, OR AMD 64-bit processor of the generation “Bulldozer” or better
Virtual Extensions: Virtualisation technology/extensions (e.g., VT-x, Vx) must be ENABLED in BIOS
RAM: 8 GB of RAM (4 GB may cause performance issues that will not receive special consideration)
Disk Space: 40 GB of free disk space
Display: XGA 1024 x 768 or higher display (1280 x 1024 recommended)
NOTE: Some competition images will not work with the virtual technology disabled in the BIOS.

In order to participate in CyberTaipan, a host system must be able to run VMware Workstation Player 14.1.2 and higher versions on their host systems. VMware Workstation Player 14.1.2 is free software that runs on 64-bit host operating system.  Some host systems will appear to conform to the above requirements but are still unable to run VMware Player 14.1.2. If you are not sure whether your system is capable of running the software, please refer to the VMware Workstation Player Documentation.

Computers made before 2011 or some mobile processors

Teams using computers made before 2011 or some mobile processors (e.g., Intel Atom, AMD Bobcat) may have compatibility issues with the CyberPatriot competition software and VMWare Workstation Player 14.1.2  and higher versions.  Teams that receive a “This host does not support virtualizing real mode” error when using VMware Workstation Player 14.1.2 may use VMware Workstation Player 12.5.9. Issues stemming from the use of VMWare Workstations PLayer 12.5.98 will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the AFA Support Team.

Software requirements

64-Bit Windows 7 or later. Must be capable of running VMware Workstation Player 14.1.2 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 (e.g., the image does not open, image locks up, score checks do not work, etc.), are not grounds for appeal or special consideration. Teams with Mac and other non-Windows operating systems should have at least one Windows computer that meets technical specifications for the competition.

To determine if your Windows operating system is 64-bit either:

  1. Go to Control Panel and Click the System icon – OR –
  2. Click the Start or Windows button
  3. Right click on the Computer or This PC icon
  4. 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: 64-bit Operating System (or something similar)

Teams will also need to be able to download and install the following programs onto their Host computer/s:

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 CyberTaipan 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 CyberTaipan 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 from a CyberPatriot Coach for 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.

Website access requirements

The minimal website access required to participate in CyberTaipan is listed below. The website access list is not all-inclusive and does not include research and updates for applications.

Website Reason for Access

Network requirements

CyberTaipan requires a DSL or faster network connection. Speed of the network will affect the responsiveness of the scoring notification sounds (scoring servers are located in the US and therefore there is a small 1-2 minute delay in images outputting notification sounds when earning competition points). 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 CyberTaipan.

If your school has restrictions on access through Port 80, please contact the CyberTaipan Program Office at

If network issues do arise, teams should first contact the IT administrator for their network. The CyberTaipan Program Office can then work with these individuals to determine other methods of allowing teams to access the scoring server from their location.