IT-Virtualization System Administrator Technical Diploma

Program Code: 301572

Get the skills needed to install, support, maintain, and troubleshoot hardware virtualization in corporate environments. Virtual technologies are becoming critical to today's companies. Why? Computer virtualization allows multiple individual operating systems to be run and controlled on a single physical server. Machine virtualization allows companies to support the number of servers and/or workstations they require for business functionality while minimizing the amount of physical hardware required. The result is decreased hardware cost, decreased electrical requirements, decreased cooling requirements, and decreased physical space requirements.

Follow Your Path

All credits in this technical diploma apply toward the following associate degree(s):
IT Systems Administrator, 101502


Employment Potential

A graduate of this program will have the potential for employment in the following areas:

• Computer Network Support Specialist

• Network and Computer Systems Administrators

• Computer Systems Analysts


Requirements for Program Entry

• Completed application.
• High school transcript or equivalent. For a list of equivalents, go to
• One year of high school algebra completed.
• User level familiarity with one or more computer operating environments.
• Ability to use computer keyboard and mouse.
• To be admitted to this program, learners must achieve a prior cumulative high school or college grade point average of 2.6 or higher OR a satisfactory academic skills assessment score. College grade point average must be based on 15 credits or more. To learn more about starting this program, please contact an academic advisor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.

Program Availability

FULL TIMESummer 2018Fall 2018Spring 2019
Students following the study plan below will complete the Virtualization System Administrator technical diploma in the number of semesters shown.
10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...Students will utilize digital tools and resources to assess, explore, practice, apply, and evaluate both employability and learning skills. By establishing NWTC cultural values as hallmarks of success in academic, career, and personal settings the course encourages reflective, personalized development of a growth mindset and emphasizes the importance of making wise choices. To maximize the return on investment, students should take this course in their first semester as it identifies key expectations (hidden rules) of higher learning and professional employment.
10-150-175 IT:NETWORK:NETWORK ESSENTIALS...develop the knowledge, skills, process, and understanding of client OS installation, configuration, administration, and troubleshooting; network connectivity; standard system maintenance procedures; command line introduction; and basic PowerShell script writing.
10-150-163 IT:NETWORK:CISCO 1 ...cable characteristics and termination, structured cabling systems, OSI reference model, IP addressing and subnetting, network architectures and basic protocols, Ethernet switches, basic router operation and configuration.
10-804-133 MATH & LOGIC ...Students will apply problem solving techniques from discrete mathematics.Topics include symbolic logic, sets, algebra and base number systems (Prerequisite: A placement value of 2400; OR Accuplacer Arith score greater/equal to 65 AND Rdg score greater/equal to 55; OR ACT Math score greater/equal to 15 AND ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16; OR prep courses-contact academic advisor 920-498-5444)
10-150-183 IT:NETWORK: VIRTUALIZATION 1...provides the opportunity for the learner to develop the knowledge, skill, process, and understanding of - designing, implementing, and securing aspects of virtualization environments including but not limited to, storage technologies, virtual network infrastructure, and virtual machine installation, configuration, and migration. (Prerequisites: 10-150-163, IT:Network:Cisco 1; 10-150-175, Network Essentials)
10-150-165 IT:NETWORK:MICROSOFT SERVER 1 ...Acquire necessary skills for supporting and configuring Windows Server including installation and configuration of an Active Directory Domain. Account administration, group policy management and core server roles and features are identified while preparing for MCSA Exam 70-410. (Prerequisite: 10-150-175, IT:Network:Network Essentials)
10-150-157 IT:NETWORK:LINUX introductory look at the Linux operating system. Installation and configuration; boot up and login process; directory structure purpose/use; maneuvering in the Command Line Interface; understanding Long Directory Listings; Users and Groups; modifying permissions; remote access; starting and stopping services. (Prerequisites: 10-150-163, IT:Network:Cisco 1; 10-150-175, IT:Network:Network Essentials)
10-150-184 IT:NETWORK: VIRTUALIZATION 2...provides the opportunity for the learner to develop the knowledge, skills, process, and understanding of - advanced topics in virtualization including virtual desktop infrastructure, fault tolerance and load balancing of virtual machines and network devices, as well as other virtualization concepts currently utilized in the Information Technology field. (Prerequisite: 10-150-183, IT:Network:Virtualization 1)
Curriculum Note
The credit for 10-890-101, College 101 is an Institutional Requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program requirements, but must be passed with a C.

Program Outcomes

• Design aspects of virtualization environments including, but not limited to, storage technologies, virtual network infrastructure.
• Implement aspects of virtualization environments including, but not limited to, storage technologies, virtual network infrastructure.
• Secure aspects of virtualization environments including, but not limited to, storage technologies, virtual network infrastructure.
• Install, configure and migrate virtual machines.


Industry Credentials

Learners will gain competencies that prepare them for the following certifications:
Certified VMware Professional
EMC2 Certified