A small business XYZ is thinking of virtualizing its current server hardware.  They currently have four physical servers, all  of which are running Windows 2012 Server.  These servers are connected via a Cisco switch/router, which also connects them to the broader Internet.  They have asked you to investigate how they could virtualize this infrastructure, and then do a proof-of-concept implementation with the recommended technology.

Your task is to review these requirements, decide what virtualization technologies are required, prepare a plan to do the project, and implement the proof-of-concept virtualization.  Before you implement the virtualisation, you should consider the issues listed below. You should reflect on the lectures and our class discussions on these issues, note down your answers and use this as a checklist/work instruction to help you plan your installation/lab activities.

Note: You should not begin your installation activities until you have considered and noted down all the issues below and confirmed this with your trainer. Although you are not doing this in an actual work environment (i.e. this is a simulated scenario) , it is very important you develop the work habits associated with successful IT professionals

  • What specific virtualization technologies could be used to meet the requirements of XYZ? You should be able to nominate at least two alternatives
  • What is at least one advantage and one disadvantage of each technology you propose to XYZ (e.g. Hyper V, VMWare, Xen etc)?
  • How would you document your proposed virtualization design to the client?
  • What hardware/software would you need to install as part of your solution?
  • If the client had a query about whether a particular application could be virtualized, what tool(s) would you use to verify compatibility?
  • What tasks e.g. install new server, install Hypervisor, install VMs would need to be completed, and in what order, to accomplish this project?
  • What verification activities would you use to check that the servers have been virtualized successfully?
  • How and when would you obtain customer sign-off on the project?

Lab Overview

In these labs you will implement the proof-of concept technologies you recommended for XYZ.  You need to:

  • Create one virtual machines under Hyper-V and Install an operating system (lab 1)
  • Create a virtual switch (lab 2)
  • Create a snapshot/checkpoint of a virtual machine, and restore from that snapshot (lab 3)

Note that at different times you will need to take screenshots of the labs at different points to prove you completed the lab and copy these into you workbook.  Please read all instructions carefully to make sure you have taken all the screenshots you need.

To complete these labs, you can either do them on the VIT lab in rooms 4 in level 10, or you can do them at home on your own computer.

If you choose to use the VIT labs, you will need to open the virtual machine ICTSUS501 in VMWorkstation.  You can do this in the following way.

1) From a student computer, map a network drive to the share where the virtual machine is (e.g. from the command line, type net use g: \\\student$   This will create a virtual drive on your local computer mapped to the share.

2) Go into VMWorkstation, and choose the Open Virtual Machine option. Browse to the G: drive on your computer, browse to the ICTSUS501 folder, and load the virtual machine.

The Windows 2012 signon is userid student and password [email protected]   You can now access Hyper-V manager to complete the labs

Lab 1 Creating a  virtual machines

Overview:  In this lab you are going to create a two virtual machines in the Hyper-V manager.  The virtual machines should be named SnnnnnV1 and SnnnnnV2, where Snnnnn is your student number.  (For example, if your student number is S12345, you would name the virtual machines S12345V1).  See example screen shot on the next page


Watch the two YouTube videos

“Lesson Three: Creating a Virtual Machine in Hyper-V”

“Lesson Four: Installing an Operating System onto a Virtual Machine in Hyper-V”

Note that when you install the OS from the ISO image, you install  Windows 7 based on the ISO images in the c:\lab-files folder on the student machines in Room 4).



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