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As computer hardware prices decrease, and performance and security concerns grow, virtualization has become the core of IT infrastructure. VMware is a virtualization platform that allows multiple operating systems, such as Windows or Linux, to run on a single physical server as virtual machines, each with access to the underlying server's computing resources. Virtualization helps organizations reduce both expenses and downtime.

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  • How do I download VMware for my course?

    Visit the VMware eligible programs/courses and review the course list to be sure your course requires the software. If it is, visit, the VMware Web store.

    • Log in to Blackboard using your current user ID and password.
    • Scroll down the Modules List and select VMware WebStore Module.
    • Click on Click Here to go to VMware WebStore.

    To obtain the software:

    • Click the available link in the VMware Academy Module.
    • Navigate to the page that displays the software search options.
    • Select the product you need and click Go.
    • From the list of available titles, select your preference and click Add to Cart.
    • After you make all your software selections, click Check Out.
    • Read the VMware Academic End User License agreement (EULA).  If you agree to the EULA, click I Accept.
    • Enter the required contact information and click Proceed with Order.
    • Click Download Options link and follow the instructions to save the download to your workstation.

    If you have questions or concerns about VMware service, visit the VMware help page.  

    The Baker College Information Technology Solutions Center (ITSC) does not assist in troubleshooting or installation of VMware software. Installation and troubleshooting are the sole responsibility of the user.
    All users are bound by the VMware Academic software agreement and licensing.
    Each user automatically agrees to all of the above when purchasing software through the VMware Academic program.

    Violation of the above terms may result in the revocation of VMware Academic access for current and future classes.

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VMware Certified Professional Associate Degree from Baker College

Information Technology: VMware Certified ProfessionalAssociate of Applied Science

Be on the leading edge.

Learn the skills that will land you a great career.

As computer hardware prices decrease, and performance and security concerns grow, virtualization has become the core of IT infrastructure. VMware is a virtualization platform that allows multiple operating systems, such as Windows or Linux, to run on a single physical server as virtual machines, each with access to the underlying server's computing resources. Virtualization helps organizations reduce both expenses and downtime.

Discover Your Future VMware Career

Career Facts

$72,560

Median salary for Network and Computer Systems Administrators

12%

Estimated employment increase by 2022

$91,000

Median salary for Computer Network Architects

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Overview

Baker's Information Technology program with the VMware Certified Professional major provides you with the skills and training needed to successfully install, configure, manage, and administer virtualization platforms using VMware vSphere.

Our program is state-of-the-art, and incorporates the curriculum developed by VMware Educational Services, along with courses in the administration of Windows and Linux server operating systems. In addition to your classroom work, you have practical, hands-on training in virtualized laboratory platforms that duplicate the environment you will find in the workplace.

Your Baker program courses satisfy the classroom lab requirement for obtaining the VMware Certified Professional certification.

When you graduate, you’ll be prepared to join one of a growing number of companies that need employees who can create, maintain and administer these virtual environments.

This program is part of the Baker College Smart Degree Option.

Course Information
Information Technology Requirements31 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
CIS 106B
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides an introduction to computer operating systems and maintenance concepts. Students will study the Microsoft Windows family of operating systems and will receive a brief introduction to Linux. This course will assist students in their preparation for the CompTIA A+ Essentials Exam.

Prerequisite(s):
WPG 098 or high school typing/proficiency, ENG 098B or satisfies developmental reading or placement exam, INF 111 or INF 121 or NET 101.
Computer Operating Systems and Maintenance I4
CIS 114
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2 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to the underlying principles of information and database structure in electronic database management systems. Students will be introduced to types of information, table structure, features of a relational database, basic concepts of database design and normalization, and basic overviews of the roles of database administrators and professionals. Students will also be introduced to introductory SQL commands using a command line and existing databases.

Database Fundamentals2
ITS 211
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides students with a strong foundation in network security concepts, along with analysis and design of these systems. It is a preparatory course in network security methodologies and helps prepare students for the CompTIA Network+ certification examination.

Prerequisite(s):
NET 102.
Introduction to Network Security4
LUX 205
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides an introduction to Linux/Unix, its history, characteristics, and system basics from a user's perspective. The following concepts are introduced: basic file structures; navigational tools; file manipulation tools; file permissions and access; 'vi' editor basics; remote terminal emulation; mail; shell fundamentals; quoting and special characters; filename generation; input/output redirection; pipelines; multitasking and input arguments. Students will demonstrate the ability to use Linux/Unix commands at the command-line level.

Prerequisite(s):
WPG 098 or high school typing/proficiency. INF 111 or INF 131 or INF 121 or INF 161 or NET 101.
Introduction to Linux/Unix4
MNP 201
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4 Quarter Hours

Addresses the initial implementation and configuration of core services including Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS), networking services, and Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 configuration. This Microsoft Official Academic Course helps to prepare the student for the Microsoft Certification examination, 70-410: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012.

Prerequisite(s):
MNP 171A or MNP 181.
Microsoft Windows Server Administration I4
NET 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to the field of computing. Topics include occupations within the field, terminology, basic computer and networking concepts and database concepts.

Prerequisite(s):
INF 091 or basic computer skills.
Networking Essentials I4
NET 102
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4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on the basic issues related to data communications and networking technologies. Topics include the OSI model, network topologies, protocols, and the fundamentals of internetworking. TCP/IP addressing is also covered.

Prerequisite(s):
INF 111 and INF 112, or INF 111 and INF 114A, or INF 121 and INF 114A, or NET 101.
Corequisite(s):
CIS 106B.
Networking Essentials II4
WRK 291B
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1 Quarter Hours

Covers all phases of securing employment in a required seminar. Major topics include resume preparation, interview strategy, job application, job search action planning, personal appearance, and coordination of the graduate's employment search activity with the College Career Services Office. Students in degree programs may complete the seminar requirement any time during their final two quarters. Certificate students should attend in their last quarter.

Prerequisite(s):
Sophomore status.
Professional Career Strategies1
WRKTC 201
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a 120-hour minimum learning experience in an appropriate work environment structured to allow students to develop skills and gain training in their major field.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 102 (Associate Degrees), ENG 101 (Certificates), minimum GPA 2.00.
Work Experience4
Select 1 Course from the Following8 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
CSC 121A
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces the architecture, structure, functions, components, and models of the Internet and other computer networks. The principles and structure of IP addressing and the fundamentals of Ethernet concepts, media, and operations are introduced. Students build simple LANs, perform basic configurations for routers and switches, and implement IP addressing schemes.

Prerequisite(s):
NET 102.
Network Fundamentals4
NET 222
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides an introduction to the concepts of routers, the OSI reference model, IP addressing, subnetting, data link and network addresses, and concepts of data encapsulation. Includes hands-on exercises.

Prerequisite(s):
NET 102.
Introduction to Routers and Routing4
Select 1 Course from the Following8 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
MNP 171A
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary to install, deploy, and upgrade to Microsoft Windows 7, including ensuring hardware and software compatibility. Additionally, this course covers the skills necessary to configure pre-installation and post-installation system settings, Windows security features, network connectivity applications included with Windows 7, and mobile computing. Students will also learn to maintain systems, including monitoring for and resolving performance and reliability issues. This course will also cover basic Windows PowerShell syntax. This Microsoft Official Academic Course helps to prepare the student for the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist examination, 70-680: Windows 7, Configuring.

Prerequisite(s):
NET 102.
Windows 7 Configuration4
MNP 181
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary to install, deploy, and upgrade to Microsoft Windows 8, including ensuring hardware and software compatibility. Additionally, this course covers the skills necessary to configure pre-installation and post-installation system settings, Windows security features, network connectivity applications included with Windows 8, and mobile computing. Students will also learn to maintain systems, including monitoring for and resolving performance and reliability issues. This course will also cover basic Windows PowerShell syntax. This Microsoft Official Academic Course helps to prepare the student for the Microsoft Certification examination, 70-687: Configuring Windows 8.

Prerequisite(s):
NET 102.
Windows 8 Configuration4
General Education Requirements20 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
ENG 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes academic writing by reading and thinking critically to strengthen essential communication skills through the use of the writing process. Various assignments focus on summary and response, analysis, and informative writing. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 091 or satisfies developmental writing or placement exam, ENG 098B or satisfies developmental reading or placement exam.
Composition I4
ENG 102
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4 Quarter Hours

Continues developing students' critical thinking and writing skills through reading and argumentative writing. Emphasizes academic writing to articulate the relationships among language, knowledge, and power. Various assignments focus on position, argument analysis, and argumentative proposal. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in ENG 101 or placement exam and approved writing sample.
Composition II4
MTH 111
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces elements of algebra including real numbers, linear graphing, variable expressions, linear equations, polynomial operations and factoring, systems of equations, quadratic equations, and rational functions.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 099E or satisfies developmental pre-algebra or placement exam.
Introductory Algebra4
SPK 201
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4 Quarter Hours

Develops confidence and skill in many facets of oral communication. Students explore diverse topics and formats, using both organization and research to support themselves during oral presentations.

Oral Communication4
WRI 115
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4 Quarter Hours

Addresses professional standards of communication with a focus on 21st century technology. Continues  developing students' critical thinking and writing skills to prepare them to be effective communicators in the workplace. Students evaluate the audience before choosing and applying the appropriate communication medium and style. Required elements include an employment portfolio, a group project/presentation, and an exploration of communication in the student's individual career field.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 102.
Workplace Communication4
Select 1 Course from the Following8 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
PSY 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a foundation for understanding human relations with applications to both personal and professional growth. Focus is on examining the basic dynamics of human relations, how social influences shape thought and behavior, effective ways to develop skills of human relations, and the importance of multicultural competency within human relations.

Human Relations4
PSY 111
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a foundation of knowledge in psychology examining key topics related to understanding human thoughts and behavior. Topics include an exploration of factors that influence thoughts and behavior, psychology as a science, sensation/perception, motivation, emotion, memory, cognition, personality, as well as key figures, research, and theories within psychology. Applying concepts to real-life settings is a focus throughout the course.

General Psychology4
VMWare Major36 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
CIS 331
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4 Quarter Hours

Expands on the concepts learned in the introductory course in database creation by introducing students to higher levels of database development and computer science concepts. Students learn SQL in order to study the manipulation of a relational database. This course also includes a survey of database platforms.

Prerequisite(s):
CIS 114 or CS 101 or INF 114A or NET 101.
Database Management Using SQL4
CS 111
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to programming concepts such as logic and flow charting as well as some basic programming techniques.

Prerequisite(s):
Any INF course or CS 101 or EGR 111 or NET 101, MTH 099E or satisfies developmental pre-algebra or placement exam.
Corequisite(s):
MTH 108 or MTH 111.
Introduction to Programming4
LUX 211
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4 Quarter Hours

Explores shell programming issues in a Linux/UNIX environment. Students should understand basic commands for file manipulation and directory navigation. While addressing the existence of other shells, this course focuses on the BASH shell. The topics covered include basic OS concepts and script writing, file System structure, debugging techniques, control structures (decision/looping), functions, arrays, and text processing.

Prerequisite(s):
LUX 205.
Shell Programming4
LUX 261
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces system administration for individual or local Linux/Unix systems. The topics will cover the essential duties of a Linux/Unix system administrator including: booting and shutting down systems, user administration, root system powers, file system creation and administration, devices and drivers, adding hardware, backing up/restoring file systems, system log files, and kernel modifications. Students will demonstrate the ability to utilize shell scripts to automate system administration and troubleshooting problems.

Prerequisite(s):
LUX 211.
Corequisite(s):
NET 102.
Linux/Unix System Administration I4
MNP 202
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4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on the administration tasks necessary to maintain a Windows Server 2012 infrastructure such as implementing server images, user and group management with Active Directory Domain Services(AD DS) and group policy, remote access and network policies, data security, monitoring and update management. This Microsoft Official Academic Course helps to prepare the student for the Microsoft Certification examination, 70-411: Administering Windows Server 2012.

Prerequisite(s):
MNP 201.
Microsoft Windows Server Administration II4
VCP 201
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4 Quarter Hours

Explores the installation, configuration and management of VMware vSphere. The course is based on ESXi and vCenter Server and gives students practical lab experience in installing vSphere components; configuring and managing ESXi networking and storage using vCenter Server; deploying, managing and migrating virtual machines; monitoring ESXi resources; and using vCenter to manage high availability and data protection of virtual systems. Completion of this course satisfies the prerequisite for taking the VMware Certified Professional 5 certification examination.

Prerequisite(s):
LUX 205 or MNP 171A, NET 102.
VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage4
VCP 202
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4 Quarter Hours

Builds skills in the VMware View suite of products, which includes VMware View Manager, View Composer and VMware ThinApp. Students will gain experience in installing and configuring View components; creating and managing dedicated and floating desktop pools, deploying and managing linked-clone virtual desktops; configuring user profiles with View Persona management; configuring secure access to desktops through a public network; and using ThinApp to package applications

Prerequisite(s):
VCP 201.
VMware View: Install, Configure, Manage4
VCP 211
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4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on providing students with advanced knowledge, skills and abilities to achieve competence in troubleshooting the VMware vSphere virtual infrastructure. Students perform labs teaching them to diagnose and rectify configuration problems with VMware ESXi hosts and vCenter Server. Skills taught include using the VMware vSphere Management Assistant appliance to rectify problems; using a network sniffer to capture and display virtual switch network traffic; and using vSphere Client and command-line tools to troubleshoot VMware vMotion, VMware Storage vMotion, VMware High Availability, VMware Distributed Resource Scheduler and virtual machine power-on problems. Completion of this course satisfies the prerequisite for taking the VMware Certified Professional 5 certification examination.

Prerequisite(s):
VCP 201.
VMware vSphere: Troubleshooting4
VCP 212
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4 Quarter Hours

Combines topics from two VMware courses and gives students additional training in monitoring and managing performance as well as best practices for the secure design, deployment and operation of in the VMware vSphere environment. Skills taught include using vSphere tools to monitor performance of ESXi hosts; diagnose performance problems relating to CPU, memory, network and storage on ESXi hosts; achieving optimal virtual machine configurations; identifying vulnerabilities and recommending corrective actions in the design of a vSphere environment; hardening vSphere components as described in the vSphere Hardening Guide; and recommending configuration and change management policies, processes and systems.

Prerequisite(s):
VCP 211.
VMware vSphere: Manage for Performance and Security4

Quarter Hours Required for Graduation: 99

Program Description

Information Technology professionals install, configure, secure, and support an organization’s
computing systems including:

  • PCs and other devices
  • Local Area Networks (LANs) 
  • Wide Area Networks (WANs)
  • Internet systems

They monitor business and company networks. IT professionals also perform necessary repairs
and maintenance to support network availability for all system users.

The Baker College Information Technology Associate Degree program provides a solid foundation for students to pursue this growing occupation while allowing the flexibility to choose an area of concentration. Foundational courses align with industry certifications including:

  • CompTIA A+
  • Network+
  • Security+

The Information Technology Associate of Applied Science offers six major options to choose from:

VMWARE CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL:
Operating systems virtualization has become a critical part of Information Technology tools for the enterprise system. Companies are increasingly looking for employees who can create, maintain, and administer these virtual environments. This major can prepare you to be that employee.

Learn more about the other Information Technology major options here:
Information Technology: Computer Networking Technology - Cisco
Information Technology: Computer Networking Technology - Microsoft
Information Technology: Cyber Security
Information Technology: IT Support Specialist
Information Technology: Linux/Unix Systems Technology

Accreditation

Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, A Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, Illinois  60602-2504; (800) 621-7440; Web address: www.ncahlc.org. Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

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  • How do I download VMware for my course?

    Visit the VMware eligible programs/courses and review the course list to be sure your course requires the software. If it is, visit, the VMware Web store.

    • Log in to Blackboard using your current user ID and password.
    • Scroll down the Modules List and select VMware WebStore Module.
    • Click on Click Here to go to VMware WebStore.

    To obtain the software:

    • Click the available link in the VMware Academy Module.
    • Navigate to the page that displays the software search options.
    • Select the product you need and click Go.
    • From the list of available titles, select your preference and click Add to Cart.
    • After you make all your software selections, click Check Out.
    • Read the VMware Academic End User License agreement (EULA).  If you agree to the EULA, click I Accept.
    • Enter the required contact information and click Proceed with Order.
    • Click Download Options link and follow the instructions to save the download to your workstation.

    If you have questions or concerns about VMware service, visit the VMware help page.  

    The Baker College Information Technology Solutions Center (ITSC) does not assist in troubleshooting or installation of VMware software. Installation and troubleshooting are the sole responsibility of the user.
    All users are bound by the VMware Academic software agreement and licensing.
    Each user automatically agrees to all of the above when purchasing software through the VMware Academic program.

    Violation of the above terms may result in the revocation of VMware Academic access for current and future classes.

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Right after graduation I had a ton of confidence because I had this degree behind me.

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