• Course Code:  VMW101

  • Term:  Open

  • Open for Enrollment

  • Self-paced

  • Course Author(s)
    Kumara Murali

Virtualization For Beginners


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Virtualization for Beginners 


Course Abstract
Virtualization for Beginners is a course designed for a beginner who wants to understand virtualization technology, but doesnt know where to begin! To begin with the course aims at introducing the participant to Data Center Environment and its basic building blocks. Participants would be introduced to Virtualization technology in general and understand how basic building blocks of a Data Center can be virtualized. With basic understanding of Virtualization concepts related to Data Center components participant would further learn how VMware products like VMware Workstation, VMware Player and vSphere can be used to virtualize compute systems. On completion of this course participant gains the basic knowledge on Virtualization based on which any professional Virtualization technologies could be understood going forward.

Intended Audience
Anybody with basic knowledge of any OS and some basic Networking skills.                                          
Primary Target Audience: Student Community

Format and delivery method
The course will be delivered as a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) available to anyone with internet access.  Conducted over a six-week period, the course will require learners to invest approximately two to three hours of work per week.
Learners will be engaged through a blend of online content in the form of educational videos, recorded whiteboards, documents, and assessments. Learners will also have opportunities to interact with others and learn through group discussions. 

Basic computer and networking knowledge

Hardware Requirement for Hands-On
Laptop or a Desktop with Intel or AMD Dual Core Processor, 4 GB RAM(Minimum), 100GB Storage(Minimum)

Software Requirements for Hands-On

  • OS: Windows or Linux
  • ISO image of one or two OS (download any Open Source OS like Ubuntu, CentOS..)
  • VMware Workstation ( http://www.vmware.com/products/workstation/workstation-evaluation.html )
  • VMware Workstation Player ( http://www.vmware.com/products/player/playerpro-evaluation.html )
  • vSphere 6.0 ( https://my.vmware.com/en/web/vmware/evalcenter?p=vsphere6 )
  • VMware vCenter Converter ( http://www.vmware.com/products/converter.html )


  • Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:
  • Describe data center infrastructure and its elements
  • Describe virtualization of Data center elements: Compute, network and Storage
  • Describe Software-defined Data Center
  • Understand different types of Compute Virtualization software: Types of Hypervisors
  • Install and configure VMware Workstation, VMware Player and vSphere
  • Create VM and install Guest OS using VMware Workstation, VMware Player and vSphere
  • Understand Physical to Virtual Machine conversion

Course Outline

Module 1: Introduction to Data Center Environment

  • Layers of a Data Center infrastructure
  • Types of Compute Systems
  • Virtualizing Compute Systems
  • Virtualizing Network
  • Software-defined data center

Module 2: Introduction to Virtualization

  • Define Virtualization
  • Compare the components and concepts of traditional architecture and virtual architecture
  • Need for Virtualization
  • Benefits of virtual architecture
  • Types of Hypervisors
  • What is a Virtual Machine?
  • Types of Virtualization
  • Describe VMware Compute Virtualization: vSphere products and features

Module 3: Hypervisor: Type 2

  • Overview of VMware Workstation
  • Key Features of VMware Workstation
  • Hardware and Software requirements
  • Installing VMware Workstation
  • Creating a Virtual Machine using VMware Workstation
  • Overview of VMware Player
  • How to install VMware Player
  • Enabling VT-x/AMD-v in BIOS
  • Creating a blank Virtual Machine
  • Installation of OpenSuse 64-bit
  • Introduction to VMware Fusion
  • System requirements
  • Reference

Module 4: Hypervisor: Type 1

  • Introduction to VMware vSphere: ESXi
  • Installing ESXi
  • Configuring ESXi
  • Installing vSphere Client
  • Connecting to ESXi using vSphere Client

Module 5: VMware Converter

  • Move from Physical to Virtual
  • P2V conversion tools available
  • VMware® vCenter Converter Standalone


Instructor Name: Kumara Murali 

Kumara Murali is an Engineering Graduate in Computer Science from VTU, Karnataka. He has around 12 years experience in corporate training. He has trained on subjects as C, C++, Unix, Shell Scripting and Storage technologies. Prior to joining VMware, he was at EMC for 5 years working as Technical Instructor. At EMC he gained vast knowledge on Storage technologies. He has trained EMC internal Employees, Partners and Customers on Products like EMC VNX, EMC XtremIO and SAN Management. He is an EMC Certified Proven Professional (Specialist on VNX and SAN Management) and VCP certified.

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