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COMP 4912 - Applied Virtual Networks

Computer Systems Part-time Studies Course

School of Computing and Academic Studies

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Course Details

This hands-on course follows on from COMP 3705 or COMP 4704 and was developed to provide students the ability to configure and manage enterprise networks working in a team environment. COMP 4912 is the final core course in the Applied Network Administration and Design Associate Certificate. Students apply concepts in network design, Linux, Microsoft Windows server and security in the virtual environment. Labs and exercises include monitoring and maintenance strategies. Topics include: Organizing and documenting network artifacts; Template and cloning virtual images; Networking virtualization; Deployment automation and post provisioning; Virtual memory and configuration considerations; Management of resource pools and Virtual I/O considerations and optimization practices. Group discussions and projects start with planning virtual networks, infrastructure planning, documentation and implementation. Labs and exercises use virtual technology to combine commercial and open source solutions to manage an enterprise environment. Participants will be able to identify parts of and explain the role of a virtual network. Additional topics include: reporting, templates, deployment, performance considerations, backup and disaster recovery strategies, storage considerations and troubleshooting. Upon successful completion students will be able to use layers of virtualization to design and build a secure and scalable enterprise network. COMP 4912 is offered once a year in January.


COMP 2766, COMP 3821, COMP 3700, and (COMP 3705 or COMP 4704). This is the final course in the Applied Network Administration and Design Associate Certificate.



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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Describe the different types of hypervisor design and where to use each one.
  • Implement virtual machine templates utilizing industry best practices.
  • Explain the role of thin provisioning and de-duplication.
  • Identify common bottlenecks and ways to detect and prevent them.
  • Build a scaled-down network environment that factors security and access.
  • Perform a baseline performance and security analysis and interpret the results.
  • Describe a backup strategy for all components of the environment.
  • Create documentation that supports and defends the design.
  • Explain various monitoring methods that include SNMP and syslog.
  • Determine environment load potential and the methods required to scale.
  • Build connections among different network-facing applications to deliver services.

Effective as of Fall 2015

Related Programs

COMP 4912 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Computing and Academic Studies

  1. Applied Network Administration and Design
    Part-time   Associate Certificate

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