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Introduction to Virtualization  |    A 2 day   hands on   training course

Introduction to Virtualization course description

A comprehensive tour of virtualization. The course concentrates on the actual technologies involved as opposed to any one vendor solution.

What will you learn
  • Explain the concepts of virtualization.
  • Partition servers.
  • Create Virtual Machines.
Introduction to Virtualization course details
  • Who will benefit:
  • Anyone looking for an introduction to Virtualization.

  • Prerequisites:
  • None.

  • Duration
  • 2 days

  • Dates & prices
  • Click here

Introduction to Virtualization course contents

  • Virtualization Concepts
  • What is Virtualisation? What are virtual machines (VMs)? Virtualisation Landscape. Network Virtualisation. Suitability for Organisations. Advantages of deploying Virtualisation. Downsides of deploying Virtualisation. Overview of Virtualisation products.

  • Hypervisors
  • What is a hypervisor? Difference between type 1 and 2 hypervisors. Available hypervisors. Hypervisors and device drivers.
    Hands on: Installing Oracle VirtualBox on Windows. Creating/Importing/Configuring VMs.

  • Virtualization Hosts
  • Hardware and resource requirements. Installation of the hypervisor.
    Hands on: Installing Hyper-V role into Windows Server. Creating/Importing/Configuring VMs.

  • Virtual Machines
  • Creating virtual machines. Resource requirements. Settings. Installation of the guest OS. Additional tools/ extensions for hypervisor integration. VM files and their uses. Virtual hard disk and their formats. Hardware pass through.
    Hands on: Connecting to VMWare ESXi via WebGUI and using ESXi to create/import/configure VMs.

  • VM Snapshots/Checkpoints
  • What is a snapshot? How to use them and how they impact performance? Creating/deleting/merging of snapshots.
    Hands on: Using ESXi to create/manage snapshots.

  • Command Line use on the Hypervisor
  • Interacting with the hypervisor through the command line. Simple commands to configure the hypervisor and VMs. Simple scripts.
    Hands on: Connecting to VMWare ESXi via PowerCLI to manipulate VMs and snaphshots.

  • Virtualization Storage
  • Different types of storage: local vs remote. Local and remote storage technologies. Configuring storage.
    Hands on: Using ESXi to deploy VMs on remote NFS storage.

  • Virtual Networking
  • How is networking done in virtualization environments. What is a virtual switch and vNIC and what are their performance characteristics? NIC teaming and trunking in the virtual world. Port groups and isolation. Physical NICs and their use in virtual switches.
    Hands on: Using ESXi to create and configure vswitches and networking.

  • Templates and clones
  • What is a template? What is a clone? When to use templates and clones to optimize VM deployment.

  • Migrating/Importing VMs
  • What is migration? Migrating compute and storage. Importing VMs from files or physical machines.
    Hands on: Using VMWare vCenter Server to clone/ template/migrate VMs, tag resources, create local user accounts and assign permissions.

  • VMs and Backups
  • Taking backups of your VMs. Restoring your VMs from backups.

  • Virtualization and Licensing
  • Different licensing models and costs.

  • Containerization Concepts
  • What is a container and how is it different from a virtual machine. When to use containers. Docker and Kubernetes

Learning path



Based on overall customer ratings

B. M. - London Internet Exchange

"Excellent presentation - very good course structure."

J. S. - Framestore CFC

"Hard concepts were explained very simply."

Training approach

This structured course uses Instructor Led Training to provide the best possible learning experience. Small class sizes ensure students benefit from our engaging and interactive style of teaching with delegates encouraged to ask questions throughout the course. Quizzes follow each major section allowing checking of learning. Hands on sessions are used throughout to allow delegates to consolidate their new skills.