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VMware Workstation Pro 12: A Virtualization Beginners Course

Learn Virtualization hands-on using your desktop and create Linux and Windows vm's
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What Will I Learn?
Create, Revert, Delete and Manage Snapshots
Create, Clone, Convert, Remove and Manage Virtual Machines
Create a Linux Virtual Machine
Create a Windows Virtual Machine
Understand Preferences and Hardware Customization
Set up Virtual Machine Networking in Multiple Ways
Create Virtual Machine Backups
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  • Basic I.T. Skills such as installing software, running windows. Must know basic I.T. terms such as hard drive, memory.
  • Basic Networking Knowledge (IP Address, DHCP)

Learn how to install and properly configure VMware Workstation 12 Pro so that you can then create, configure and properly manage Virtual Machines. Virtual Machines based on Linux or Windows can be used in a wide array of environments, from building a home lab, testing, QA, software development, educational environments or business environments. There is no limit to the use-cases for Virtual Machines. They are an efficient and easy-to-manage medium that can run on one single physical machine. 

Users of All Levels, Get Ready to Dive Into the World of Virtualization:

  • Install and Understand VMware Workstation 12 Pro as a Platform.
  • Create, Delete and Clone Virtual Machines Quickly and Easily.
  • Convert Physical Machines to Virtual Machines
  • Configure Preferences, Hardware and Settings to Your Needs
  • Create and Manage Snapshots and Networking
  • Create Backups of VM's and Consider Best Practices

Learn Virtualization, One of the Hottest and In-Demand Technologies Right Now:

  • Virtual Machines Have Many Benefits:
    • Increase Productivity (Less Time Spent Waiting for Environment to be Ready)
    • Lower Operating Costs (Power Consumption, Hardware Cost)
    • Make Testing and Learning Easy
    • Flexibility of Multiple Operating Systems in One Environment
    • Infinite Scalability and Expansion Opportunities.

Increase Your Employment Prospects:

  • Most Small, Medium and Large Businesses I.T. Departments Are Already Virtualized
  • Employers Seek Talented and Knowledgeable I.T. Staff to Manage Virtual Environment
  • Creating a "Home Lab" Will Allow You to Remain Ahead of the Competition
  • You Will be Able to Learn Other Technologies More Efficiently

Who is the target audience?
  • I.T. minded users of all levels. Those interested in Virtualization at the desktop level or for a smaller environment.
  • Those who want to create a home lab
  • Small, Medium, and Large Businesses that need Virtual Machines on a budget
  • Those looking to get involved in Virtualization technology
  • Anyone looking to try out an operating system in a virtual environment before upgrading. i.e. windows 10
  • Software testers, developers and programmers
  • Entry and Mid-Career I.T. Pros looking to enhance their career prospects.
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 14 Lectures Collapse All 14 Lectures 01:00:05
Introduction and System Requirements
1 Lecture 05:11

In this course we will go over VMware Workstation 12 Pro. We will cover everything you need to get started and everything you need to be able to do proper management of a virtual environment.

Preview 05:11
Installation and Creating Our First Virtual Machines
3 Lectures 13:29

Upon completion of this lecture, students will be able to install and run VMware Workstation 12 Pro on their host machine.

Preview 02:44

Upon completion of this lecture, students will be able to create a Linux virtual machine with typical settings. 

Preview 06:32

Upon completion of this lecture, students will be able to create a Microsoft windows 10 virtual machine. 

Preview 04:13
Preferences, Customization and Making Changes to VM's
3 Lectures 12:21

Upon completion of this lecture, students will know how to delete a VM, remove a VM from the Host Machine's Inventory in Workstation 12 Pro, and be able to Rename their Virtual Machine.

Delete, Remove or Rename a Virtual Machine

Upon completion of this lecture, students will be able to change the preferences in VMware Workstation to their personal needs. Preferences such as Memory Allocation, VM Storage Location and More.

Setting Preferences

Upon completion of this lecture, students will be able to customize the hardware of their virtual machine quickly and effectively. Student will learn how to add and remove virtual hardware components as well as make changes to the specifications of the virtual machine, such as RAM and CPU.

Customizing VM Hardware and Some Design Considerations
VM Conversion, Cloning, Networking and Snapshots
5 Lectures 25:06

Students will learn how to begin the process of virtualizing a physical machine. Students will learn to consider the hardware and software requirements when converting.

Converting a Physical Machine to a Virtual Machine Pt. 1

Students will learn how to finalize the conversion process. Students will be able to understand the implications of a converted virtual machine, how to optimize converted VM's and modify their virtual hardware.

Converting a Physical Machine to a Virtual Machine Pt. 2

Students will learn how to take a snapshot of a virtual machine and revert to a snapshot already taken, in Snapshot Manager.

Creating a Snapshot, Reverting to Previous Snapshot

Students will learn how to consider hardware space and to delete a snapshot.

Deleting a Snapshot and Snapshot Management

Students will learn about the two basic networking types in Workstation 12 Pro (apart from lan segments). Students will learn the difference between a bridge and NAT configuration and how to configure each.

Networking in Workstation 12 Pro
Backing up a VMware Workstation Virtual Machine
2 Lectures 03:58

Students will learn how to create a backup copy of their virtual machine.

Creating a Backup of a Virtual Machine

Students will learn how to follow best practices when backing up their VM's.

VM Backup Best Practices and Considerations
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Working in I.T. for 15 years and tinkering with all things tech since I was 5 years old, I have a strong passion for both teaching and technology. Having taught in the NYC Public School System, worked for a Fortune 15 Company and Overcome many professional and personal barriers, I want to extend my knowledge to others in hopes that they too can continue to move forward and enrich life. 

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