Students in Information Technology at Gjøvik University College (GUC) are now able to use virtual laboratories. -This will give the students the possibility to practice on realistic scenarios, and at the same time give us more flexibility, says Associate Professor Erik Hjelmås.
Six virtual computers (two with Windows and four with Linux) and a network switch are cloned eight times in a way that eight student groups are able to work in separate networks consisting of six computers each. A powerful server with the name Zimbu is located at IT-support, and he is host for all 54 virtual computers. This setup is in use in the course “System Administration”, an obligatory course for students in Bachelor of Science in Network and System Administration, and is a popular elective for other IT-students.
-This is a good solution for students to develop their knowledge. These lab-exercises demands powerful computers, and often students don’t have that. At the same time this gives the teachers more flexibility and the administration saves maintenance costs compared to physical labs, so this a lucky solutions for all, states Hjelmås.
This system is adopted from Oslo University College and developed at GUC.
Associate Professor Erik Hjemås will give a lecture about setup and development of these virtual laboratories Friday 3rd of December, 12 PM in K113. The lecture is open for everybody.