You need a PC-based laptop pre-loaded with XP or greater. You need 4GB or more of RAM. You need 50 (yes 50GB free space. You don’t need to “pre-create” anything before coming to class; it’s provided to you when you arrive. Your machine needs to be 64-bit capable. There’s a little test utility you can run to ensure your laptop is 64-bit capable.
It’s here: http://tinyurl.com/VMware64bitcheck.
There is a LOT more information inside the welcome letter with a PDF attached called “Exactly How to Ensure Your Laptop Will be Prepared For Class.” It’s super clear, and even has a checklist.