Open Source Virtualization

Learn KVM from the ground up with a focus on QEMU and libvirt, as well as Xen. By the end of this course, you will understand how these and other related open source components can be assembled to create a virtual IT infrastructure. There is a focus on practical deployment skills, securing the virtual infrastructure, and administering solutions. There will also be detailed material about using containers. There are low-level lab exercises focused on virtual images and snapshots, deployment, VM creation and maintenance, integration with networking infrastructure, device pass-through and more.


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Course Overview

Open Source Virtualization takes a deep dive into KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) and Xen, the most popular hypervisor virtualization technologies in the open source ecosystem, as well as the deployment and use of containers. Built by experts in the field of virtualization, this course provides the technical background to understand the components required to build and administer a modern virtual IT infrastructure.


Course Details

  • Delivery Method: classroom course
  • Duration: 4 days of instructor-led class time
  • Hands-on labs & Assignments
  • Ressources & Course Manual
  • Experience level: Advanced


After the course you will receive a certification of completion


Course Outline

  • Chapter 1. Introduction
  • Chapter 2. Virtualization Overview
  • Chapter 3. KVM Quick-Start
  • Chapter 4. KVM Architecture and Relationship with Linux
  • Chapter 5. Running KVM Using QEMU
  • Chapter 6. libvirt
  • Chapter 7. Hardware Support
  • Chapter 8. Tuning for Performance
  • Chapter 9. KVM Security
  • Chapter 10. Xen Hypervisor Architecture
  • Chapter 11. Installing and Configuring Xen
  • Chapter 12. Administration of Xen domains
  • Chapter 13. Xen Performance and Tuning
  • Chapter 14. Xen Security
  • Chapter 15. Working with Linux Containers



This course is for technical IT professionals interested in building a reliable, efficient and open virtualization infrastructure with KVM. Students are expected to have mastered the skills covered in the lower level Linux Foundation System Administration courses. Students are expected to be well­ versed in Linux command line usage, shell scripting and text file editing.