Date of Award

Spring 4-2013

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS)

First Advisor

Dr. Stephan Krebsbach

Second Advisor

Mr. Kyle Cronin

Third Advisor

Mr. Chad Bryan

Abstract

The current infrastructure being used for IT courses at the University of Northwestern Ohio is not adequate for students. In addition, hands-on components of courses are difficult to test over, faculty administration of class resources was minimal, and students did not have access to enterprise level systems. The solution was to implement a lab environment to accomplish all of these concerns. This project closely mirrors how a real world project would function using the knowledge acquired during coursework completed at DSU. Documentation submitted for coursework at DSU was used as templates during this project. Not only was this project designed to outline how a project would be completed but also includes deliverables of analyzing virtualization solutions for a lab environment, an architectural diagram of the proposed virtualized lab environment, purchasing a solution, and finally implementing the proposed solution.

The project deliverable entitled “Virtualized Educational Lab Setup Top Solutions and Recommendation” includes a comparison of several solutions for the proposed lab. Included in this documentation is the proposed architectural diagram which outlines how the lab should be setup.

The project deliverable entitled “Virtualized Educational Lab Setup Implementation” outlines the systems used within the lab. This includes documentation of both hardware and software being used. Specific identifying information about some systems has been excluded to protect the integrity of the environment; however, revised information will be distributed to internal faculty and staff at UNOH so it can be maintained and managed.

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