Fundamentals of Virtualization Technologies

I.     Course Prefix/Number: CNS 160

       Course Name: Fundamentals of Virtualization Technologies

       Credits: 2 (2 lecture; 1 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Recommended: CNS 105 or consent of instructor, coordinator or program chair.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course presents the fundamentals of virtualization technology using the latest virtualization products in networked server environments. Students gain the knowledge necessary to install virtual networks, implement high-availability clusters, and enhance performance and security and build the skills necessary for the understanding of virtualization.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:

  1. Identify the components of a virtualization environment
  2. Evaluate and implement Virtual Networks
  3. Install and configure VMware Workstation
  4. Install and configure VMware Server
  5. Install and configure Microsoft Virtual PC
  6. Install and configure Microsoft Virtual Server
  7. Install and configure Microsoft Hyper-V
  8. Evaluate and implement disaster recovery and high availability
  9. Analyze and enhance virtual security and performance
  10. Demonstrate the use of a virtual machine manager to centralize management of multiple virtual servers.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  1. Introduction to Virtual Computing
  2. Installing and working with VMware Workstation
  3. Installing and working with VMware Server
  4. Installing and working with Microsoft Virtual PC
  5. Installing and working with Virtual Server
  6. Installing and working with Microsoft Hyper-V
  7. Working with Virtual Networks
  8. Implement disaster Recover and High Availability
  9. Enhancing Virtual Security and Performance
  10. Working with Virtual Machine Manager

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Methods of presentation can include lectures, discussions, demonstrations, experimentation, audio-visual aids and regularly assigned homework.  Computers will be used.

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Course practices include attending class, completing homework assignments, participating in discussions and taking quizzes and exams.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

The most recent textbook on virtualization technologies and instructor’s notes.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Evaluation methods can include grading homework, chapter or major tests, quizzes, individual or small group projects and a final exam.

XI.   Other Course Information

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.