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Learning Virtualization

via LinkedIn Learning


Learn how to prepare your IT infrastructure for virtualization, and create and manage virtual machines with Hyper-V and VMware Workstation.

Virtualization is a vastly important topic to IT managers. It allows one computer to run multiple operating systems, leading to a more efficient use of hardware resources. In this course Martin Guidry explores the crucial concepts behind today's virtualization tech, its pros and cons, common uses, and hardware requirements. He dedicates two chapters to Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware Workstation, two of the most popular hypervisors, and then shows how to prep your existing infrastructure to accommodate virtualization. Before you leave, make sure to watch the tutorials on troubleshooting and backing up your virtual machines, so you can fix problems and recover your work in case of a system failure.


  • Welcome
  • What you should know before watching this course
1. Introduction to Virtualization
  • Overview of virtualization
  • Understanding different types of hypervisors
  • Understanding the cloud
2. Virtualization Advantages
  • Using virtualization for more efficient utilization of hardware
  • Using virtualization to increase availability
  • Disaster recovery
  • Just-in-time delivery of resources
  • Saving energy
3. Virtualization Disadvantages
  • Increased complexity
  • Expense
  • Sprawl
4. Common Uses of Virtualization
  • Virtualizing desktop computers
  • Running a specific program
  • Setting up test and development environments
  • Designing a private cloud
  • Utilizing a public cloud
  • Choosing the best solution for you
5. Hardware
  • Understanding virtual CPU
  • Understanding virtual memory
  • Understanding virtual storage
  • Understanding virtual networking
  • Understanding virtual graphic processing
6. Microsoft Hyper-V
  • Installing Hyper-V
  • Creating a virtual machine with Hyper-V
  • Setting up networking with Hyper-V
  • Allocating processors and memory to a virtual machine using Hyper-V
  • Using checkpoints in Hyper-V
7. VMware Workstation
  • Installing VMware Workstation
  • Creating a virtual machine with VMware Workstation
  • Setting up networking with VMware Workstation
  • Allocating processors and memory to a virtual machine using VMware Workstation
  • Duplicating a virtual machine using VMware Workstation
8. Preparing Your Infrastructure for Virtualization
  • Understanding different file systems
  • Choosing between SAN, NAS, or local storage
  • Configuring your network
9. Troubleshooting
  • Troubleshooting network communication
  • Troubleshooting slow performance
  • Troubleshooting common errors
10. Backing Up, Restoring, and Migrating Virtual Machines
  • Duplicating a virtual machine
  • Backing up and recovering a virtual machine
  • Converting a physical server into a virtual server (P2V)
  • Converting a virtual server into a physical server (V2P)
  • Next steps

Taught by

Martin Guidry

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