Data Center Virtualization (DCV)

This foundational course supports learners in developing a basic understanding of virtualization and vSphere concepts, knowledge of data center technology, basic troubleshooting concepts, a working knowledge of managing cloud resources, and basic networking concepts.

DCV is designed for anyone new to the industry, whether as a newly graduating student, someone changing careers, or someone working in the industry and looking for opportunities to advance.

In Partnership

In partnership with VMWare IT Academy and Academic Software Licensing Programs, a pioneer in cloud computing and virtualization technologies, First Nations University of Canada will deliver valuable training to learn about the digital skills necessary to enter the Information Technology field.

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VMware Certified Technical Associate Certification (VCTA)

Data Center Virtualization

By completing the Data Center Virtualization course you are eligible to become VMware VCTA certified. VMware Certifications validate the critical skills required to integrate and manage the technology that drives our customers desired business outcomes. Certifications are organized into multiple technology areas with levels for those new to the industry as well as experts in the field. 

The VCTA certification is meant for technical professionals with basic system administration skills and operators responsible for managing virtual machines using VMware ESXi™ and VMware vCenter Server®. 

Certification requirements signify that you have undergone the necessary lessons, training, seminars, and hands-on experiences that are required to fill the job.

To become VCTA certified you must complete the Exam (135 minutes, 51 questions). Through ICEC's partnership with VMware the cost to complete the VCTA certification exam is only $50 CAD!

For more information, please visit the VMware Certification FAQs.

Learning Outcomes

Learners will gain the skills to:

  • Describe virtualization and virtual machines.

  • Describe vSphere components and the software-defined data center (SDDC).

  • Explain the concepts of server, network, and storage virtualization.

  • Monitor network and datastore configurations in VMware vSphere® Client™.

  • Deploy, configure, and clone virtual machines. Migrate, monitor, and manage virtual machines.

  • Monitor tasks and events in VMware vSphere® Client™.

  • Recognize how vSphere DRS and VMware vSphere® High Availability improve performance and availability of a vSphere cluster.

  • Identify virtualization and vSphere concepts.

  • Demonstrates knowledge of data centre technology.

  • Manage cloud resources and illustrate basic networking and troubleshooting concepts.

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In response to supporting equitable access to training and education in the Information Technology (IT) field, this course provided entry-level IT training as well as advanced courses aimed at achieving technical certifications.

Registration for FNUniv Students or Alumni is free!

Proof of current FNUniv student enrolment or alumni status is required prior to accessing to the course. The VMware Certification Exam is discounted for students and alumni at a cost of $50.00 CAD and is not included in the registration.

Contact [email protected] to register!

Data Center Virtualization

    1. Course Introduction

    1. Virtualization and vSphere Concepts

    1. Navigating the vSphere Client

    1. Lifecycle of Virtual Machines

    1. vSphere Networking

    1. vSphere Storage

About this course

  • 250.00 + GST
  • The VMware Certification Exam fee is not included. Corporate rates available. Contact [email protected]
  • 20 hours (Online)

Skills & Competencies

  • Data analysis
  • Analyzing information
  • Critical thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Adaptability
  • Categorizing data


  • Does this course have prerequisites?

    No, this course does not have any prerequisites. However, it is recommended that the learner has a working knowledge of operating systems and an understanding of basic network, storage, and computer hardware concepts.

  • Some individuals and organizations may be GST exempt.

    If you or your organization are exempt from GST, please contact [email protected] to ensure that your invoice is prepared accordingly.

  • How is successful completion of the course determined? Are there tests or quizzes?

    Successful completion of the course is determined by completing the 12 hour course, the 8 hours of lab work, and the final quiz. Learners must achieve a passing rate of 80% on the final quiz.

  • Who do I contact if I need help?

    Support requests are received during regular office hours. Please expect a response within 24-48 hours. You may contact [email protected] for assistance with any questions regarding registration. For questions about course content, please contact Susan Cofield at [email protected]. For information about the VCTA certification, please contact [email protected]. For virtual support, please visit

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VMware Free Foundational Courses

For learners interested in the DCV course, we encourage you to take the following free on-demand courses.

Click here to access the following content.

Basic IT Concepts (8 modules 2 hr 45 mins)

  • Computer Component
  • Binary
  • Operating Systems
  • Applications
  • Software Development
  • Computer Networks
  • Virtualization
  • Data Centers
  • Cloud Computing
  • Cybersecurity 
  • Containerization Concepts

Virtualization Hands-On (6 modules 1 hr 15 mins)

  • Installing a Tool to Create a Virtual Machine
  • Verifying Connectivity
  • Installing an Operating System
  • Sharing Files Between a Host Machine and VMs
  • Managing Virtual Machines
  • VMs & Networking

Operating Systems Hands-On (4 modules 1 hr)

  • Exploring Best Practices for Organizing Files and Folders
  • Understanding Basic CLI Commands
  • Installing and Uninstalling Applications
  • File Servers

Networking Hands-On (8 modules 2 hr)

  • Exploring Layer 1 of the OSI Model: Physical Layer
  • Exploring Layer 2 of the OSI Model: Data Link Layer
  • Exploring Layer 3 of the OSI Model: Network Layer
  • Exploring Layer 4 of the OSI Model: Transport Layer
  • Exploring Layer 5 of the OSI Model: Session, Presentation, and Application Layers
  • Exploring Firewalls and Next Generation Firewalls
  • Email Servers
  • Virtual Private Networks

HTML & World Wide Web Hands-On (6 modules 1 hr 15 mins)

  • Internet Infrastructure
  • Web Servers Basics of HTML
  • HTML Page Creation 1
  • HTML Page Creation 2
  • HTML Editors

Intrinsic Security Hands-On (5 modules 1 hr 15 mins)

  • Cybersecurity and Intrinsic Security
  • Security Solutions
  • Encryption
  • Firewalls
  • Internet Facing and DNS

Containers Hands-On (3 modules 45 mins)

  • Container Virtualization
  • Container Images
  • Container Applications

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