Course Title: Install and configure virtual machines for sustainable ICT

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

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

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:

5.1 Back up virtual machine state on shutdown
5.2 Restore state on start-up of virtual machine
5.3 Back up virtual hard drive and software configuration files
5.4 Restore virtual hard drive and software configuration files


Configure virtual networks of virtual machines

Performance Criteria:

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


Identify virtualisation benefits and features

Performance Criteria:

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


Install and configure virtual machines

Performance Criteria:

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


Install and configure virtualisation software

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Identify, clarify and organise requirements of the client relating to virtualisation technologies, following organisational requirements
2.2 Identify the hardware and software, infrastructure components, required to be installed and configured to meet technical requirements
2.3 Install and configure software to provide support for virtualisation of desktop and server operating systems
2.4 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

A range of learning activities are planned for this course including self-paced and collaborative classroom based activities.

The collaborative classroom based activities will include theory sessions, practical lab sessions, tutorial sessions, and out-of-class research and homework.

We expect you to participate and contribute in all scheduled learning activities.

Teaching Schedule

Week NumberDate commencingTopicAssessment
 1Feb 9thInstalling a Linux VM. RAM, hard disk, and other system requirements. BIOS requirements.
 2Feb 16thInstalling a Linux VM. RAM, hard disk, and other system requirements. BIOS requirements. Network modes: host-only, bridged, NAT
 3Feb 23rdBacking up and restoring VMs
 4Mar 2ndInstalling a Linux VM. RAM, hard disk, and other system requirements. BIOS requirements.Virtualization 1 due
Client-server 1 due
 5Mar 9thNetwork management tools 
 6Mar 16thRealtime networking 
 7Mar 23rdNetworks from a network managers perspective for a small to medium sized business  
 8Mar 30thNetworks from a network managers perspective for a small to medium sized business  
 April 6thMid semester break 
 9April 13th Networks from a network managers perspective for a small to medium sized business  
10April 20th Networks from a network managers perspective for a small to medium sized business  
11April 27th Virtualized services  
12May 4th Processors and context switches 
13May 11th Virtualized services Server 1 due 
14May 18th Virtualized services  
15May 25th Virtualized services Virutalization 2 due 
16June 1st Virtualized services  
17Jun 15th Virtualized services  
18Jun 22nd Virtualized services   

The schedule may be subject to change.

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

Prac Virtualization 1
Prac Virutalization 2
Prac Client-server 1
Prac Server 1

All of the practical tasks will form the portfolio of evidence. 

All practical tasks will involve being assessed by observation and questioning.

Some practical tasks may involve a written technical report.

To be considered competent in this course, you need to achieve competency for all practicals with opportunities for resubmission as required.

The following courses are linked with this competency:

ICANWK401A Install and manage a Server

ICANWK407A Install Client Server Apps

Assessment Matrix

ElementPractical Tasks/In Class/Work observationVirtualization 1Virtualization 2Server 1Client-server 1
1.1x x  
1.2x x  
1.3x x  
1.4x x  
2.1x x  
2.2x xx 
2.3x  xx
2.4x  xx
3.1xx x 
3.2x  x 
3.2x  x 
3.3x  x 
4.1xx x 
4.2xx x 
4.5x  xx
4.6xx xx

Other Information

Access to an internet connected computer outside of class times – Internet connected computers are available in the School of Vocational Health and Sciences labs on levels 4, 6 or 8 of building 51, 81 Victoria Street, Melbourne.
Further lab access can be found in the student lab on level 3 (ground floor) of Building 8, in Swanston Street, Melbourne; as well as RMIT Libraries.

RMIT has a strict policy on plagiarism. Please refer to the RMIT website for more information on this policy.;ID=sg4yfqzod48g1

Late work
Late work that is submitted without an application for an extension will not be corrected.

Extension of Time for submission of assessable work
A student may apply for an extension of up to 7 days from the original date. They must lodge the application form (available on the web: at least the day before the due date. The application is lodged with the School Admin Office on Level 6, Building 51. Students requiring longer extensions must apply for Special consideration.

Special consideration Policy (Late Submission)
Students requiring longer extensions must apply for Special consideration. Form available online at:
For missed assessments such as exams and tests, you (and your doctor, if you are ill) must fill out a special consideration form. This form must be lodged at the HUB or online with supporting evidence (e.g. medical certificate) prior to, or within 48 hours of the scheduled time of the exam or test.
If you miss an assessment task due to unavoidable circumstances you need to follow the procedure of special consideration and apply within the allowed time frame.

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