Fundamentals of Virtualization


Fundamentals of Virtualization

Author: David Davis

Virtualization is used by IT professionals in the datacenter, on the desktop, and in the cloud to gain tremendous efficiency. In this path, you’ll learn everything you need to... Read more

What you will learn

  • Why companies desperately needed virtualization
  • How virtualization has transformed datacenters, lowering costs and improving efficiency
  • How a hypervisor makes server virtualization possible
  • How servers are virtualized
  • How to consolidate with virtualization
  • How to test and deploy server virtualization
  • How virtualization improves availability, data protection, performance, and business agility
  • What network virtualization is and how it helps you
  • See network virtualization in action with VMware NSX and virtual networking in vSphere
  • What storage virtualization is and how it can benefit you
  • Learn how to configure storage virtualization
  • Find out how to convert virtual machines from one hypervisor to another and finally to AWS
  • How virtual machines are administered in the public cloud


No experience is necessary, but some knowledge of server and operating system concepts is helpful.


Gain a high-level knowledge of what virtualization is, how it is used across a server, storage, and network.

Virtualization: The Big Picture

by David Davis

Feb 14, 2018 / 59m


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New to virtualization? This course is one of the best entry-level virtualization courses you will find. In this course, Virtualization: The Big Picture, you’ll learn why you need virtualization and the basics of how it works. First, you'll gain an understanding of the IT challenge before virtualization then discover how virtualization solves these challenges by making IT more efficient, lowering costs, improving availability, and making the business more agile. From there, you’ll learn how the virtualization hypervisor uses abstraction to provide these incredible benefits. Finally, you’ll explore how virtualization is used in the public cloud. By the end of this course, you'll truly understand what virtualization is, how it can help you, and, most importantly, feel comfortable with virtualization.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Introduction
  3. What Is Virtualization?
  4. Why Do You Need to Learn Virtualization?
  5. Virtualization: What's Next?


These courses provide specific examples of server, storage, and network virtualization across many different platforms.

Fundamentals of Server Virtualization

by David Davis

Apr 9, 2018 / 2h 41s

2h 41s

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If you are an IT professional, you should know what server virtualization is and how it can make your life easier. In this course, Fundamentals of Server Virtualization, you’ll learn the benefits of server virtualization, the architecture behind it, and see it in action - both in the datacenter and on the desktop. First, you’ll learn how companies are using tools to move applications running in physical hosts to virtual machines. Next, you'll explore how to test and deploy server virtualization. Finally, you'll discover multiple options for building a server virtualization lab of your own. When you're finished with this course, you’ll have all you need to understand how you can use server virtualization to your advantage.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Introduction
  3. Benefitting from Server Virtualization
  4. Exploring Server Virtualization Architecture
  5. Consolidating with Server Consolidation
  6. Testing and Deploying Server Virtualization
  7. Building a Virtualization Lab
  8. Summary

Fundamentals of Storage Virtualization

by David Davis

May 29, 2018 / 1h 16m

1h 16m

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Are you new to storage virtualization? In this course, Fundamentals of Storage Virtualization, you will learn how storage virtualization works, how it has helped so many companies, and what your options are to use storage virtualization for yourself. You will be following how the Wired Brain Coffee Co moved from a traditional SAN/NAS solution to storage virtualization. First, you will learn what storage virtualization is and how it works. Next, you will explore different storage virtualization solutions, how to use them, and how they can make your life easier. Finally, you will discover storage virtualization in action and gain valuable next steps to learn more about storage virtualization. By the end of this course, you will have a solid understanding of the fundamentals of storage virtualization.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Introduction
  3. Understanding Storage Virtualization
  4. Benefitting from Storage Virtualization
  5. Exploring Storage Virtualization in Action

Fundamentals of Network Virtualization

by David Davis

Jul 12, 2018 / 49m


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Network virtualization is used by server virtualization in the datacenter, it’s used by desktop virtualization on your laptop and, yes it’s used more and more to virtualize the functions of costly and complex network gear. Like server virtualization, network virtualization brings with it business agility, administrative efficiency, and cost savings. In this course, Fundamentals of Network Virtualization, you’ll see how you are able to do in software what, previously, was only possible with expensive routers and switches. Even better, once virtualized, you’ll gain a ton of efficiency and advanced functionality. First, you'll discover why you need network virtualization, what network virtualization is, and use cases for network virtualization. Next, you'll explore the benefits of network virtualization, including how you can achieve agility, efficiency, scalability, and availability with network virtualization. Finally, you'll see network virtualization in action. By the end of this course, you’ll have a solid understanding of the fundamentals of network virtualization.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Introduction
  3. What Is Network Virtualization?
  4. Benefits of Network Virtualization
  5. Network Virtualization in Action


This course demonstrates server virtualization in action as we convert a VM from one hypervisor to another and finally, to the public cloud.

Virtualization in the Real World

by David Davis

Sep 6, 2018 / 1h 9m

1h 9m

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Are you new to virtualization? In this course, Virtualization in the Real World, you will learn foundational knowledge of how to run a single workload across multiple virtualization hypervisors. First, you will see how to run the same virtual machine on Microsoft Hyper-V, VMware vSphere, VMware Fusion, VirtualBox, and the public cloud with Amazon Web Services (AWS) EC2. Then, you will learn how to convert virtual machines to be run on different hypervisors. Next, you will discover how to create virtual machines. Finally, you will explore how to configure virtual resources, and perform real world virtual infrastructure administration. When you’re finished with this course, you will have the skills and knowledge of the basics of how server, network, and storage virtualization come together so you can run workloads in real world data centers.

Table of contents
  1. Course Overview
  2. Introduction
  3. Virtualization on the Client
  4. Virtualization on the Server
  5. Virtualization in the Cloud
  6. Next Steps
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