Client Virtualization Using VMware for Manageable Learning Environment at CSIBER

DrPG Naik, Dr. R.S. Kamath, Mr. M. B. Patil

Abstract


Every educational institution has a mandatory requirement of installing multiple operating systems and/or computing environments which is in line with the academic curriculum followed by the institution. Further, the fast growing and a dynamic IT trend demands constant upgradation and installation of new operating systems and supporting applications as the requirements change. To be competitive enough and to stay ahead in market place every educational institution tries its level best to tune itself as per various industry requirements. As such lab preparation is a constant ongoing process which poses a great burden on the shoulders of a system administrator involved in managing the learning environment in an educational institution. In order to support multiple operating systems on a single PC hard drive needs to be partitioned. At the same time this also poses greater inconvenience to students as they need to reboot the system every time they need to switch from one operating system to another. All these issues are addressed by VMware workstation software which enables to run multiple x86‐compatible desktop and server operating systems simultaneously on a single machine, in fully networked, portable virtual machines with no rebooting or hard drive partitioning required which proves to be an indispensible tool for every educational institution. In the current paper, the authors have proposed a model for the smooth functioning of a computer lab using VMware workstation software which dynamically gets tuned to the users requirements. The different levels of users are identified and tasks are assigned as per their role in the institution. Three-tier architecture is employed wherein different levels of users will be operating at different layers of the architecture. At the lowest layer VMware solution is proposed and only the admin has the privileges to interact with this layer. The model proves to be extensively user friendly for all levels of users.

Keywords


Access Control List, Authentication, Operating System, Three-tier Architecture, Ubuntu, Virtual Machine, Windows 2003, Windows XP.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.26483/ijarcs.v8i5.3468

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