→Purpose of Lab 1
In order to save money and resources when learning to install, to manage, and to connect Linux machines to form networks, we will be using '''Virtual Machines''' for this course. In fact, we will be using two virtual machine programs:
Lab1:''' Create a '''Centos7 Host virtual machine''' (called '''c7host''') in the virtual program called '''VMware Workstation''' (this host will be stored on your Solid State External Drive (SSD).
Lab2:''' Install a '''Virtual program package''' on your '''Centos7 Host virtual machine''' called '''KVM''' which will be used to create 3 remaining Virtual Machines (VMs) that will be used to learn about Linux system administration for the remainder of this course.
It is ESSENTIAL to have a '''Solid State Drive (SSD) with a minimum storage capacity of 240 GB''' to perform your lab sessions and provide a host for your other Centos7 host and other VMs that you will create in
lab2. '''Due to space requirements, you are <u>NOT</u> permitted to share this SSD drive with any other course material than our OPS235 course'''.
'''NOTE: It is feasible to use a notebook computer with sufficient hard disk capacity to perform these labs (as you would for an SSD drive)'''. It would require that your notebook computer can connect to the Internet (including in Seneca's computer labs). You would be required to follow the same instructions for this lab (SSD) Note: It may take one or two weeks before students can obtain their free version of VMware Workstation 12 Pro; therefore, it may be more convenient to purchase an SSD to be able to start lab1 immediately. It is strongly recommended to NOT use VMware Player.