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Utilizing Virtual Software To Provide Hands On Experience With Systems And Applications Software For Is Students

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2007 Annual Conference & Exposition


Honolulu, Hawaii

Publication Date

June 24, 2007

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June 24, 2007

End Date

June 27, 2007



Conference Session

IT-based Instructional Technologies

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Information Systems

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12.1580.1 - 12.1580.9



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Julie Mariga Purdue University

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Utilizing Virtual Software to Provide Hands-On Experience with Systems & Applications Software for IS Students Abstract

As information technology continues to evolve, analysis of material presented in a curriculum requires constant monitoring. Courses in information technology have been in high demand in educational institutions nationwide. In light of these demands information systems programs have identified a critical need to incorporate more systems and network administration into their curricula. The students who are progressing towards a B.S. in Information Systems Technology (IST) are the primary audience of the course detailed in this paper.

The increasing use of virtual technologies by companies across multiple industries has made it extremely important for IT programs to provide students with experience using virtual technologies. As the virtual technology market evolves, it is important to monitor and report the changes through course material.

Due to the growth in networking and virtual technologies and the need for undergraduate students in non-networking majors to understand and learn about network protocols, network operating system fundamentals, network operating systems, database and web servers and directory services, a course for IST students was developed. To meet the practical objectives of the course, students require dedicated computers on which to install operating systems and applications. However, providing each lab group a dedicated machine would be space and cost prohibitive. By using VMware as the platform, students are able to gain hands-on laboratory experience that emphasizes networking and systems software problem solving and troubleshooting skills through installation and configuration of network operating systems as well as application software.

The course laboratory activities currently include one-week on VMware orientation, three-weeks on Windows XP Pro and Windows 2003 Server, three-weeks on SQL Server 2005 and Internet Information Server (IIS), three-weeks on Exchange Server 2003, and the last five-weeks of the semester cover Linux and Apache Web Server.

This paper will discuss the course design including lecture and laboratory activities, the challenges associated with the laboratory activities, as well as the pros and cons with using VMware.


Computer & Information Technology Department

The Computer & Information Technology (CIT) department at Purdue University currently offers two baccalaureate degrees. The first is a B.S. in Information Systems Technology (IST) and the second degree offering is a B.S. in Network Engineering

Mariga, J. (2007, June), Utilizing Virtual Software To Provide Hands On Experience With Systems And Applications Software For Is Students Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. 10.18260/1-2--1993

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