Course Title: Install and configure virtual machines for sustainable ICT

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: COSC6093C

Course Title: Install and configure virtual machines for sustainable ICT

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4299 - Certificate IV in Information Technology Networking

Course Contact: Geoff Moss

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4852

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Chelton Evans

Nominal Hours: 50

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to development and implement virtualisation technologies with the goal of providing a more sustainable ICT environment.

Topics include
• Installing a virtual machine in Virtualbox
• Ubuntu and Linux installation in virtualised environment using Virtualbox on a host only network
• Network modes NAT, bridged, host only.
• Backing up and restoring the Virtual Machines (VMs)
• Configuring the interfaces. Testing connectivity with ping. ifconfig and ipconfig
• Virtualization resources – effect of CPU’s on some virtualization tasks, allocating enough hard disk space, choosing dynamic hdd instead of fixed, allocating RAM with regard to the hosts resources, graphics memory. Virtualbox global settings. VMs local settings. Shared folders
• Troubleshooting the virtualized network. Including software are firewalls by ping and connectivity testing. If this fails look at configurations. If this fails look at the underlying host networking or configuration. E.g. a 169.x.x.x network interface
• Use of public and private IP addresses in a network, NAT.
• Network diagram design to include a legitimate spam server to serve the company’s email customers
• Network management redesign of a dysfunctional network and server
• Introduction to virtualizing services in VMS

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

ICANWK402A Install and configure virtual machines for sustainable ICT


Backup and restore virtual machines

Performance Criteria:

Back up virtual machine state on shutdown
Restore state on start-up of virtual machine


Configure virtual networks of virtual machines

Performance Criteria:

Configure IP addressing to match chosen network configuration
Configure virtual network as host only configuration
Configure virtual network as bridged configuration
Configure virtual network as network address translation (NAT) configuration
Configure services to operate under current network configuration
Test functionality of virtual network configuration


Identify virtualisation benefits and features

Performance Criteria:

Research and determine government and industry guidelines and policies for use of desktop and server virtualisation
Identify benefits of virtualisation of desktop and server environments
Identify available features of current virtualisation software
Select virtualisation solution based on current and future needs of the client


Install and configure virtual machines

Performance Criteria:

Install virtual machine consistent with client, commercial and business requirements
Configure virtual machine consistent with client, commercial and business requirements
Test functionality of installed virtual machine


Install and configure virtualisation software

Performance Criteria:

Identify, clarify and organise requirements of the client relating to virtualisation technologies, following organisational requirements
Identify the hardware and software, infrastructure components, required to be installed and configured to meet technical requirements
Install and configure software to provide support for virtualisation of desktop and server operating systems
Configure virtualisation software application features to accommodate required functionality, relating to client and business needs

Learning Outcomes

Implement virtualizations technologies.  Manage virtual machines.

This course contributes to the development of the following capabilities:
• Working with virtualized networks
• Network monitoring and troubleshooting
• Transferable virtualized networking skills, allowing you to more easily use virtualization software such as VMWARE or Hyper V.

Details of Learning Activities

  • virtualise Linux
  • explore Virtualbox global preferences
  • explore Virtualbox local VM preferences
  • pining host and VM machines, configuring network and cards
  • backup by copying the VM folder, restoring through the vdi file and backup folder with settings

Teaching Schedule

WeeksTopicSoftware/ReadingPractical Exercises and Assessment

Introduction to Topic

Overview fo course

See online resources Prac and work bases assessment

Install and configure virtual machines
Install and configure virtualisation software
Configure virtual networks of virtual machines
Backup and restore virtual machines

See online resourcesPrac and work bases assessment
7Identify virtualisation benifits and featuresSee online resourcesPrac and work based assessment

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Students must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of competency to be deemed competent. Skill based assessment.

A range of assessment methods are used to assess practical skills and knowledge, for example
• direct questioning combined with a review of portfolios of evidence
• review of authenticated documents from the workplace or training environment
• demonstration of techniques

Assessment Tasks

Skills Based Assessments:
These assessments can be done either at RMIT or at the workplace providing appropriate equipment is available.
All pracs need to be satisfactorily completed to pass the course.

Assessment Matrix

ElementPractical TasksIn Class/Work ObservationIn Class TestingIndividual and Group discussion**

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