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CMIT 140
Virtualization Essentials

Course DescriptionCourse Objectives
Attendance PolicyMakeup Policy
Grading PolicyComputer Usage and Classroom Policies
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Instructor: Professor Howard Burpee
                 Office phone: 207.956.0850

Credits: 3

Class Hours:  CMIT 140 01, Tuesday and Thursday, 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Open Lab Hours: As posted for each classroom
In order to succeed in this course, each student should expect to spend a minimum of six hours per week in the classroom open labs, or in a virtual machine environment, practicing the class exercises.

Location: CSEC 04

Textbook: Virtualization Essentials 2nd Ed., Matthew Portnoy,  Wiley & Sons Inc., ISBN 9781119267720

Recommended Textbooks:

Required / Recommended Course Materials:

  • A UHD (USB hard drive) or a large (64 GB minimum) UFD (USB flash drive)

  • Installation .ISO files for Windows 10 (Pro, Education, or Enterprise), Windows Server 2012, Server 2016, Hyperv Server 2016, VMware Vsphere / ESXi
    Note: It is recommended that evaluation version .ISOs for Microsoft Operating Systems be used for the exercises in this class. Links to the evaluation version can be found on the recommended downloads page.

Recommended Course Materials:

  • A UFD1 or UHD2 that boots to Windows to Go.

Prerequisites: CMIT 100, CMIT 105

Corequisites: CMIT 105, MATH 125

Course Description:

This course focuses on concepts surrounding virtualization with emphasis on Desktop Virtualization.
Virtualization is abstracting hardware from operating systems. Technology, procedures, and methods of
implementation will be examined. Subsections will include managing CPU’s, memory, storage, and other
peripherals. Specific labs include: basic installation, setup and configuration of a PC Virtual Machine.
Required knowledge includes PC experience, PC architecture, and how programs use PC resources

Course Objectives:

After successfully completing the course, the student will be able to:

  1. Understand and explain a Hypervisor
  2. Understand and define a Virtual Machine and its interaction with a Hypervisor
  3. Understand and explain virtualization and cloud computing topics
  4. Configure a Virtual Machine
  5. Install Windows O/S and Linux O/S as a Virtual Machine
  6. How to manage and fine tune CPU, memory and other peripherals
  7. Configure a stand-alone Hyper-V server
  8. Configure a stand-alone ESXi server
  9. Carry out trouble-shooting strategies for resolving an identified end-user IT problem.
  10. Differentiate among various operating systems.
  11. Identify basic components of an end-user IT system.
  12. Implement a hardware and software configuration responsive to an identified scenario.
  13. Carry out basic computer network troubleshooting techniques.

  14. Differentiate among various computer networking models.

  15. Use communication, negotiation, and collaboration skills as a member of a diverse team.

  16. Use documentation or a knowledge base to resolve a technical challenge in an identified computing scenario.

  17. Produce technical documentation responsive to an identified computing scenario.

Grading Policy:

  • Tasks and Lab Assignments = 40 points
  • Tests = 25 points
  • Homework = 10 points
  • Written Assignments = 15 points
  • Presentation = 10 points

    (link to SMCC grading rubric)

Attendance Policy:

Regular and prompt attendance is required. Excessive lateness and absences will affect the final course grade.

  • More than six absences throughout the semester = -10 points
  • Five or more consecutive absences throughout the semester = Academic Failure
  • Two lates = 1 absence

Makeup Policy:

  • If for any reason a student is absent from a class, it is the responsibility of the student to obtain the lecture notes from another student and to immediately schedule with the instructor a makeup time for any missed in-class assignments.
  • All assignments that are submitted or completed after the scheduled time and date shall receive a five point (5%) grade reduction for each day they are late.  Only business days count for this penalty, therefore an assignment must be made up within four weeks of the due date to receive any credit at all for the assignment.
    • The only exception to the above late submission policy is that Tests must be made up before the second class period after the quiz date (within one week), but are still subject to the five points per day late penalty.
  • There is no such thing as an excused absence. In extraordinary circumstances, as in cases of valid and urgent medical or personal emergency, a modification of this policy, at the discretion of the instructor, may be possible.
  • If a student is able to identify, in advance, a particular day that they shall be unable to attend a class, and if the student emails the instructor at least one week in advance of the day they shall be absent, a modification of this will take effect.

Classroom and Computer Use Policies:

  • All students are expected to be familiar with the IT Dept. classroom policies and SMCC policies as published in the SMCC Student Handbook and posted here.
  • Students, when sending an email to the instructor, must use an email client that displays their real name in the “From” field. All emails to the instructor that are related to this course must be sent to or .
  • Computer monitors at the workstations must be turned off during the lecture portion of the class. 
  • Please remember to put your cell phone in silent / vibrate mode during the lecture portion of the class. Regardless of whether or not you remember to to silence your phone, cell phones  must never be used for any purpose during any lectures or task / lab assignments.  Exceptions will be made for students who must remain available for emergency purposes after the professor is notified of the situation. 
  • The use of a laptop, netbook, or tablet as a note taking device is permitted during lectures, according to the following parameters:
    • The device shall only be used for note taking.
    • Network connectivity to the device will be disabled

         NOTE: Failure to follow these classroom and computer usage policies may result in a grade penalty.

Course content and course requirements are subject to change without notice.



At any time during the semester, if you experience any difficulty with the course material or feel that you could be performing at a higher level, please consult with your instructor.

To schedule time with a tutor for any course, register with the Academic Achievement Center on the second floor of the Campus Center.


Southern Maine Community College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution and employer. For more information, please call 207-741-5798.

If you have a disabling condition and wish to request accommodations in order to have reasonable access to the programs and services offered by SMCC, you must register with the Disability Services Coordinator, Sandra Lynham, who can be reached at 741-5923.  Further information about services for students with disabilities and the accommodation process is available upon request at this number. Course policies about online testing are modified to suit each individual’s accommodations.




1. UFD: USB flash drive

2. UHD: USB hard drive


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