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DEN301 – Virtual Systems and Services Assessment 2 – Group technical report Overview In this assessment, you need to demonstrate your understanding of managing different components of virtualisation. Specifically, you need to produce a technical report addressing the requirements listed below. Important information

DEN301 – Virtual Systems and Services

Assessment 2 – Group technical report

Overview

In this assessment, you need to demonstrate your understanding of managing different components of virtualisation. Specifically, you need to produce a technical report addressing the requirements listed below.

Important information

• Please include SISTC’s assessment cover page at the beginning of the submitted work

• This assessment weighs 40% of your final grade

• The due date of this assessment is Sunday 11pm Week 12

Submitting your work late will attract a 10% reduction of mark for each day beyond the due

date. A delay of more than 5 days will result in being granted a 0

• The whole report should be 3000 words (+/- 10%) excluding personal reflection discussions and references. You need to submit a word version of your report to Moodle.

• It is recommended that you plan time appropriately and start your assessment early which will give you time to gain feedback from your lecturer

Only one of your group members needs to submit. Include all of your group members’ information on the cover page.

Learning Outcomes Assessed

The following course learning outcomes are assessed by completing this assessment task:

LO1. Analyse the benefits of network and storage virtualisation is, and what benefits it can offer in the provision of IT services;

LO3. Explore, in a practical way, and report on the services offered by one or more virtualisation products;

LO4. Evaluate alternative virtualisation technologies that suit a given set of requirements;

LO5. Understand and evaluate requirements for effective Virtual Machine (VM) management;

LO6. Identify and evaluate the requirements to create and to manage a virtual infrastructure;

Assessment Specification

Embracing the trend of virtualisation, the CEO of SISTC consults with you on how to move the School’s services to a virtualisation environment. Currently, SISTC aims to convert its three classes’ teaching services, facility management service, staff management service, and finance service into a virtual environment as a pilot experiment. Each of these services shall be converted to one individual virtual machine. SISTC has already acquired a host server. The details are illustrated in the below table.

Table 1. The configuration of host server

OS CPU Memory Storage Switch enabled

Linux 16 CPU with quad core 64GB 8TB 10

Regarding the current use and future system requirements, the CEO of SISTC has mentioned to you:

• The approximate ratios of these services are: each classes’ teaching service (20%, in total 60%), facility management service (10%), staff management service (10%), and finance service (20%).

• Finance service should be kept relatively separated from other services.

• The resource of host server is expected to be fully utilised to maximize the performance of the virtual system.

Now, you need to produce a technical report to summarise your suggestions to configure and manage these services in a virtual environment. The suggested report structure is as blow.

• Background

• Manage CPU

• Manage Memory

• Manage Storage

• Manage Network

• Manage Back-up

• Manage Additional Devices

• Conclusion

• Team contribution

• Reference

Background – In this section, you need to discuss the current problems of SISTC providing services in a non-virtual manner. Then, you need to introduce at least two benefits for SISTC to use a virtualisation solution. Finally, you need to introduce the objectives of your report and the structure of your report.

Manage CPU – In this section, you need to discuss the specific configurations of CPU for the individual virtual machines (e.g., how many processors are configured in each individual virtual machine and why). You need use tables/figures to help illustrate your design. You also need to provide suggestions to SISTC on how they should manage CPU.

Manage Memory – In this section, you need to discuss the specific configurations of memory for the individual virtual machines (e.g., how much memory is configured in each individual virtual machine and why). You need use tables/figures to help illustrate your design. You also need to provide suggestions to SISTC on how they should manage memory.

Manage Storage – In this section, you need to discuss the specific configurations of storage for the individual virtual machines (e.g., how much memory is configured in each individual virtual machine and why). You need use tables/figures to help illustrate your design. You also need to provide suggestions to SISTC on how they should manage storage.

Manage Network – In this section, you need to discuss the specific configurations of networking design (i.e., how different virtual machines are connected). You need use tables/figures to help illustrate your design (an overview network design is mandatory). Please note that all types of network design in virtual systems need to be used. You also need to provide suggestions to SISTC on how they should manage network.

Manage Back-up – In this section, you need to discuss the back-up strategies for SISTC. You need to provide at least two options for SISTC to back up the virtual systems and analyse their advantages and disadvantages. You also need to provide suggestions to SISTC on how they should manage back-up.

Manage Additional Devices – In this section, you need to discuss at least two additional devices required for SISTC’s virtual system. You will also need to provide relevant discussions on how to manage these additional devices and provide suggestions to SISTC. Conclusion – You need to summarise your report content.

Team contribution – Each of your group member needs to write a short paragraph about personal reflect, that:

• explains your role within the team and what your contributions were to the assignment and to your team (i.e., what parts of the assignment did you complete, what parts did you review/provide feedback on)

• describes what you did to ensure that you worked efficiently individually and with your team to create a cohesive report

• evaluates how efficiently the team worked together to complete the report

• explains each team member’s role in the team, how they worked with each other and what they contributed to the team.

Reference – You need to provide reference if necessary, using APA format.

Marking Criteria / Rubric

Refer to the attached marking guide.

General Assessment Requirement

Incomprehensible submissions – Assessments provide the opportunity for students to demonstrate their knowledge and skills to achieve the required standard. To do this, assessment responses need to be both clear and easy to understand. If not, SISTC cannot determine that students have demonstrated their knowledge and skills. Assessments will, therefore, be marked accordingly including the potential for 0 (zero) marks where relevant.

Check with marking rubric: Before submitting your assessment, you should check it against the assessment criteria and the marking rubric included in this specification to ensure that you have satisfactorily addressed all the criteria that will be used to mark your submission.

Feedback

Feedback will be supplied through Moodle.

Authoritative results will be published on Moodle.

Academic Misconduct

To submit your assessment task, you must indicate that you have read and understood, and comply with, the Sydney International School of Technology and Commerce Academic Integrity and Student Plagiarism policies and procedures.

You must also agree that your work has not been outsourced and is entirely your own except where work quoted is duly acknowledged. Additionally, you must agree that your work has not been submitted for assessment in any other course or program.

Assessment Marking Rubric:

Criteria Fail Pass Credit Distinction High

0 – 49% 50% – 64% 65% – 74% 75% – 84% 85% – 100%

Report content (70%)

Background (10%) Little or no efforts have been demonstrated to provide the background discussions. Problem statements are presented, but the information is poor.

Only one benefit is clearly discussed, but the discussions are less accurate.

Objectives of report are unclear.

Report structure is unclear. Problem statements are presented, but problems are less accurate to the context.

Only one benefit is clearly discussed.

Objectives of report are discussed but there is some room to improve.

Report structure is introduced. Problem statements are presented, but problems are less accurate to the context.

At least two benefits are provided, but the benefits are less discussed.

Objectives of report are clearly presented.

Report structure is clearly introduced. Problem statements are clear and reasonable.

At least two benefits are provided and clearly discussed.

Objectives of report are clearly presented.

Report structure is clearly introduced.

Manage CPU (10%) Little or no efforts have been demonstrated to provide discussions on how to manage CPU. Configuration of CPU has been discussed but the information is incorrect or less relevant to the context.

Tables/figures are used to support discussions, but the information incorrect or less relevant to the context.

Suggestions to SISTC are provided, but information is incorrect or less relevant to the context. Configuration of CPU has been discussed but the information is hard to access.

Tables/figures are used to support discussions, but the information in these tools is hard to access.

Suggestions to SISTC are provided, but information is hard to access. Configuration of CPU is clear and reasonable, but there is some room to improve.

Tables/figures are used to support discussions, but the design of these tools can be improved.

Suggestions to SISTC are provided, but the suggestions are less useful. Configuration of CPU is clear and reasonable.

Tables/figures are used to support discussions and these tools are well designed.

Suggestions to SISTC are straightforward and insightful.

Manage Memory (10%) Little or no efforts have been demonstrated to provide discussions on how to manage memory. Configuration of memory has been discussed but the information is incorrect or less relevant to the context.

Tables/figures are used to support discussions, but the information incorrect or less relevant to the context.

Configuration of memory has been discussed but the information is hard to access.

Tables/figures are used to support discussions, but the information in these tools is hard to access.

Suggestions to SISTC are provided, but information is hard to access. Configuration of memory is clear and reasonable, but there is some room to improve.

Tables/figures are used to support discussions, but the design of these tools can be improved.

Suggestions to SISTC are provided, but the suggestions are less useful. Configuration of memory is clear and reasonable.

Tables/figures are used to support discussions and these tools are well designed.

Suggestions to SISTC are straightforward and insightful.

Suggestions to SISTC are provided, but information is incorrect or less relevant to the context.

Manage Storage (10%) Little or no efforts have been demonstrated to provide discussions on how to manage memory. Configuration of storage has been discussed but the information is incorrect or less relevant to the context.

Tables/figures are used to support discussions, but the information incorrect or less relevant to the context.

Suggestions to SISTC are provided, but information is incorrect or less relevant to the context. Configuration of storage has been discussed but the information is hard to access.

Tables/figures are used to support discussions, but the information in these tools is hard to access.

Suggestions to SISTC are provided, but information is hard to access. Configuration of storage is clear and reasonable, but there is some room to improve.

Tables/figures are used to support discussions, but the design of these tools can be improved.

Suggestions to SISTC are provided, but the suggestions are less useful. Configuration of storage is clear and reasonable.

Tables/figures are used to support discussions and these tools are well designed.

Suggestions to SISTC are straightforward and insightful.

Manage Network (10%) Little or no efforts have been demonstrated to provide discussions on how to manage network. Configuration of network has been discussed but the information is incorrect or less relevant to the context.

Tables/figures are used to support discussions, but the information incorrect or less relevant to the context.

The overview of network design is not provided.

Suggestions to SISTC are provided, but information is incorrect or less relevant to the context. Configuration of network has been discussed but the information is hard to access.

Tables/figures are used to support discussions, but the information in these tools is hard to access.

The overview of network design needs some major improvement.

Suggestions to SISTC are provided, but information is hard to access. Configuration of network is clear and reasonable, but there is some room to improve.

Tables/figures are used to support discussions, but the design of these tools can be improved.

The overview of network is well designed, but the figure illustration can be improved.

Suggestions to SISTC are provided, but the suggestions are less useful. Configuration of network is clear and reasonable.

Tables/figures are used to support discussions and these tools are well designed.

The overview of network is well

designed and

illustrated in a figure.

Suggestions to SISTC are straightforward and insightful.

Manage Back-up (10%) Little or no efforts have been demonstrated to provide discussions on how to manage back-up. Only one back-up strategy is discussed, but its advantages and disadvantages are less mentioned.

Suggestions to SISTC are provided, but information is incorrect or less Only one back-up strategies as well as its advantages and disadvantages are excellently discussed.

Suggestions to SISTC are provided, but information is hard to access. At least two backup strategies are discussed, but their advantages and disadvantages are less mentioned.

Suggestions to SISTC are provided, but the suggestions are less useful. At least two backup strategies as well as their advantages and disadvantages are

excellently discussed.

Suggestions to

SISTC are

relevant to the context. straightforward and insightful.

Manage Additional Devices (10%) Little or no efforts have been demonstrated to provide discussions on how to manage additional devices. Only one additional device is discussed but the discussion is less relevant to the context.

Suggestions to SISTC are provided, but information is incorrect or less relevant to the context. Only one additional

device is excellently discussed.

Suggestions to SISTC are provided, but information is hard to access. At least two additional devices are discussed but the discussion is less relevant to the context.

Suggestions to SISTC are provided, but the suggestions are less useful. At least two additional devices are excellently discussed.

Suggestions to SISTC are straightforward and insightful.

Report format (20%)

Writing to audience (10%) Too much use of technical jargon. A large number of spelling, punctuation or grammatical errors. Some over-use of technical jargon. Several spelling, punctuation or grammatical errors. Appropriate use of technical jargon. Some spelling, punctuation or grammatical errors. Appropriate use of technical jargon. No spelling, punctuation or grammatical errors. Use of technical jargon minimised and defined when necessary. No

spelling, punctuation or grammatical errors.

Clarity/Structure of structure (10%) The structure of the report is unclear and is not

logical. It does not address the main issues. Use of headings and charts unsatisfactory. The structure of the report is clear and logical in parts. It addresses most main issues. Use of headings and charts could have been improved. The structure of the report is clear, easy to read and

logical, directly addressing most main issues. Suitable headings used and some use of graphics/charts. The structure of the report is clear, easy to read and logical, directly addressing all main issues. Suitable headings used throughout. Good use of graphics/charts. The structure of the report is clear, easy to read and logical, directly addressing all main issues and providing other relevant insights. Suitable headers used throughout. Powerful use of graphics/charts

Team contribution (10%)

Team contribution (10%) Demonstrates little to no effort applied to working efficiently individually and in a team. Demonstrates a

limited ability to work efficiently individually and in a team. Demonstrates the ability to work in a somewhat efficient manner individually and in a team.

Demonstrates the ability to work in a very efficient manner individually and in a team. Demonstrates the ability to work in a highly efficient manner individually and in a team

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