Virtualization and the cloud

In this course, you will learn about the almost limitless benefits of virtual computing and the Cloud.


  • Understanding virtualization Video — 00:10:02
    • Mike explores the concepts behind virtual machines. He discusses virtualization vs. emulation, how modern VMs work, and the differences between Type 1 and Type 2 hypervisors (the different hosts for virtual machines).

  • Your first virtual machine Video — 00:11:15
    • In this video, Mike walks the viewer through the process of setting up a new virtual machine. The host OS is Windows 10; Oracle VM VirtualBox is the type 2 hypervisor. The VM Mike installs runs Ubuntu Linux. During the setup, Mike explains details specifi

  • Advanced virtualization setup Video — 00:11:38
    • Mike describes the process of changing one or more VMs, such as modifying the number and size of mass storage available. You can use a VM to explore the many options available in Disk Management with multiple drives. The video also covers networking with

  • Cloud computing Video — 00:07:46
    • In this video, Mike looks at the benefits of cloud computing (or moving virtual machines out onto the Internet). The cloud VMs enable benefits such as rapid elasticity and on-demand scaling, so you can quickly support any Internet application that needs i

  • Cloud ownership Video — 00:02:24
    • In this video, Mike looks at concepts of security, ownership, and access to cloud resources. Specifically, he explores the differences among public, private, hybrid, and community cloud computing.

  • Cloud-based applications Video — 00:06:06
    • In this video, Mike looks at applications in the cloud. Cloud-based storage enables access to files from any connected device. Cloud-based applications enable easy configuration and management. Virtual desktops create a consistent workspace online. And vi


Course description

Want to try something on a computer without accidentally blowing it up? You’re in the right place!

Meet the author

Mike Meyers, affectionately called the “Alpha Geek,” is the industry’s leading authority on CompTIA certifications. He is the president and co-founder of Total Seminars, LLC, a provider of PC and network repair seminars, books, videos and courseware for thousands of organizations throughout the world. Mike has been involved in the computer and network repair industry since 1987 as a technician, instructor, author, consultant and speaker. He has sold over a million IT and certification books, including the best-selling CompTIA A+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide and CompTIA Network+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide. He has personally taught thousands of students, including U.S. senators, U.S. Supreme Court Justices, members of the United Nation, every branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, many branches of the Department of Justice, hundreds of corporate clients and academic students at every level.

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