Virtualization and the cloud Course

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

49 minutes

Course description

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


Cloud-based applications

Video - 00:06:00

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 virtual application streaming gives you the programs you need without local installation.
Cloud ownership

Video - 00:02:00

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 computing

Video - 00:08:00

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 it. Mike also describes the functions behind the buzzwords Infrastructure-as-a-Service, Platform-as-a-Service, and Software-as-a-Service.
Advanced virtualization setup

Video - 00:12:00

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 VMs, via bridging, NAT, and NAT network options.
Your first virtual machine

Video - 00:11:00

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 specific to VirtualBox and Ubuntu, and details that apply to any virtual machine installation.
Understanding virtualization

Video - 00:10:00

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).

Meet the author

Mike Meyers

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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Infosec Skills Personal

$299 / year

  • 190+ role-guided learning paths (e.g., Ethical Hacking, Threat Hunting)
  • 100s of hands-on labs in cloud-hosted cyber ranges
  • Custom certification practice exams (e.g., CISSP, Security+)
  • Skill assessments
  • Infosec peer community support

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  • 190+ role-guided learning paths and assessments (e.g., Incident Response)
  • 100s of hands-on labs in cloud-hosted cyber ranges
  • Create and assign custom learning paths
  • Custom certification practice exams (e.g., CISSP, CISA)
  • Optional upgrade: Guarantee team certification with live boot camps

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