Core Impact On-Premise Trial
Before you start on your on-premise trial, hopefully you have been through the sandbox trial first so know how to use the software. You should also have a plan for what you are going to do.
Hardware Needs - Core Impact
We would generally suggest a new image of Windows that is not a member of your corporate domain. There are a number of things that you may want to do with Impact that could be blocked by domain policies. From a testing perspective, being on the domain is also “cheating”; you really want to test how good your domain security is as part of any test.
Hardware Needs - Target Machines
So you will need some vulnerable machines to point Core Impact at. As these are vulnerable machines you may not want them on the production network. This can cause some internal issues that you will need to plan through.
Most people use things like a Metasploitable image on a VM.
Getting and Installing Core Impact
Before you install the software there are a number of things that you need to do (disable virus scanning etc.) that are all covered in the documentation. You really do need to follow the instructions otherwise it will not work.