Setting up a low-cost lab management system for a multi-purpose computing laboratory using virtualisation technology

  • Heng Ngee Mok Singapore Management University
  • Yeow Leong Lee Singapore Management University
  • Wee Kiat Tan Singapore Management University

Abstract

This paper describes how a generic computer laboratory equipped with 52 workstations is set up for teaching IT-related courses and other general purpose usage. The authors have successfully constructed a lab management system based on decentralised, client-side software virtualisation technology using Linux and free software tools from VMware that fulfils the requirements of fast "switch over" time between consecutive lab sessions, the ability to support a wide range of IT courses and usage scenarios, low cost, easy maintenance, and a sandboxed environment for potentially disruptive IT security lab exercises. Sufficient implementation details are provided so that readers can build a similar lab management system. The objective is to share ideas and experiences that may be useful for lab administrators in academic institutions facing the same requirements and budgetary constraints.

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Author Biographies

Heng Ngee Mok, Singapore Management University
School of Information Systems, Singapore Management University
Yeow Leong Lee, Singapore Management University
School of Information Systems, Singapore Management University
Wee Kiat Tan, Singapore Management University
School of Information Systems, Singapore Management University
Published
2012-04-02
How to Cite
Mok, H. N., Lee, Y. L., & Tan, W. K. (2012). Setting up a low-cost lab management system for a multi-purpose computing laboratory using virtualisation technology. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 28(2). https://doi.org/10.14742/ajet.873