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COMH9002 - Managing Virtual Environments

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Title:Managing Virtual Environments
Long Title:Managing Virtual Environments
Module Code:COMH9002
 
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Expert
Field of Study: Computer Hardware
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2017/18 ( September 2017 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: TIM HORGAN
Module Author: Eoin ORegan
Module Description: In this module, students will learn how to create, configure, troubleshoot and automate the provisioning of a virtualised environment, which is essentially a software based IT infrastructure that is distributed as a service using the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) delivery model in cloud computing.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Analyse the architectural components that form part of a virtualised environment.
LO2 Create and configure a virtualised environment consisting of virtual machines, hypervisor, switches and storage.
LO3 Manage and optimise the performance of a virtualised environment.
LO4 Identify, troubleshoot and resolve configuration and common issues that occur in a virtualised infrastructure.
LO5 Discuss and apply automation tools that can assist in the deployment and configuration of a virtualised infrastructure.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named CIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
No recommendations listed
Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed
Requirements
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.
No requirements listed
Co-requisites
No Co Requisites listed
 

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Architecture of Virtualised Environments
Virtualisation types, interaction and components. Virtual Machine and Infrastructure. File systems and layouts. Virtualisation – costs, benefits, management constraints. ESX and ESXi virtualisation platforms. VSwitches – types, connections, considerations and configuration. VLANS. Policies – network, security and traffic shaping policies. Distributed switches. Storage. Fibre channel. Installation and configuration of virtualised environment.
Deployment and Configuration of Virtualised Environments
Deployment and Configuration of Virtualised Environments Installation, configuration and management of virtualised environment consisting of VMs, vSwitches, storage, hypervisor, management software and client etc.
Performance Management in a Virtual Environment
Configuration of virtualised environment according to performance best practices. Identifying and resolving common performance bottlenecks in a virtualised environment. Hardware optimisation – vMotion. Resource Management – DRS cluster. Availability and fault tolerance. Load balancing. Host and OS failures. Network heartbeats. Performance monitoring, management and control. CPU Monitoring and management.
Troubleshooting Virtual Environments
Interpreting host, network, storage, vCenter and virtual machine log files. Identifying the root cause and resolving common issues within a virtualised environment. Backup management.
Cloud Automation Technologies for Virtual environments
Understanding how Cloud Automation Technologies can be leveraged to automate the deployment and configuration of virtual infrastructures. Tools – fabric, cuisine, Chef, Puppet, Crowbar, pallet etc. Cloud orchrestration.
Cloud Solutions that leverage Virtual environments
Understanding IaaS and DaaS (VDI) capstone solutions integration with virtual infrastructures.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Design and configure a virtualised environment according to performance best practises 1,2,3 50.0 Week 7
Practical/Skills Evaluation Using practical exercises the student will be expected to identify, troubleshoot and resolve common issues that occur in a virtualised environment. 3,4 25.0 Week 10
Project Using an automation tool the student will be expected to discuss and apply the benefits of a choosen tool to create, configure and manage the virtualised infrastructure. 1,2,3,5 25.0 Week 13
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment

 

Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Lecture underpinning learning outcomes of module. 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Lab Labs to support content delivered. 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Independent study. 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Lecture underpinning learning outcomes of module. 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Lab Lab to support content delivered. 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Independent Study. 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
 

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Nick Mrashall, Grant Orchard, Josh Atwell 2015, Mastering VMware vSphere 6, 1st Ed., Sybex [ISBN: 9781118925157]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Massimo Cafaro (Editor), Giovanni Aloisio (Editor) 2010, Grids, Clouds and Virtualization, Springer [ISBN: 978-0857290489]
  • Chris Wolf and Erick M. Halter 2005, Virtualization, 978-1590594957 [ISBN: 978-1590594957]
  • Gaurav Somani 2010, Scheduling and Isolation in Virtualization, VDM Verlag Dr. Müller [ISBN: 978-3639295139]
  • Latifa Boursas (Editor), Mark Carlson (Editor), Wolfgang Hommel (Editor), Michelle Sibilla (Editor), Kes Wold (Editor) 2010, Systems and Virtualization Management: Standards and New Technologies, Springer [ISBN: 978-3540887072]
  • Edward L. Haletky 2008, VMware ESX Server in the enterprise, Prentice Hall [ISBN: 978-0132302074]
  • Edward Haletky 2011, VMware ESX and ESXi in the Enterprise: Planning Deployment of Virtualization Servers, Prentice Hall [ISBN: 978-0137058976]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
 

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_KCLDC_9 Master of Science in Cloud Computing 1 Mandatory

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