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Using VMware to teach system administration in a lab

    • Bryan Marshall, Georgia College
    • Peter Cardon, University of Southern California
    • Craig Callender, Georgia College
    • Phil Robertson (student), Georgia College
    • Nipul Patel, Purdue University – North Central


    This paper describes our approach to using virtualization in two courses for MIS students. Our approach allows students to learn more about the needed skill of virtualization in today’s job market, and to develop programming and networking skills in an environment that does not create any risk to host machines. We contrast our use of baremetal methods to virtualization with other approaches reported in the literature that employ hosted methods. We also report various approaches, benefits, and challenges of virtualization training based on our four years of experience doing so for our students.

    Keywords: virtualization, networking, IS curriculum

    APA Citation: Marshall, B., Cardon, P. W., Callender, C., Robertson, P., & Patel, N. (2011). Using VMware to teach system administration in a lab. Issues in Information Systems, 12(2), 153-161.