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Linux+ - Online Curriculum and Virtual Labs

Track Room Location: Heritage Hall, room 241

This track is sponsored by the Department of Labor and the National Information Security, Geospatial Technologies Consortium (NISGTC).

Please note that this track is CLOSED. You can add yourself to the “wait list” and will be registered for your alternate choice. If room opens up in “Linux+ Online Curriculum and Virtual Labs,” you will be notified.


The National Information, Security, and Geospatial Technologies Consortium (NISGTC), funded by a grant from the Department of Labor, has created a group of open source virtual labs which can be used to give students the hands-on experience necessary to insure they can work with a Linux Operating System. Using the NetLab environment, these labs can be offered to multiple students 24 hours a day 365 days a year from anywhere they have a browser and an Internet connection.

This track will use an immersive, hands-on approach to teach faculty how to access the Linux NetLab material and use it effectively in the classroom. You need not have NetLab at your school – paper copies of the labs are also available that can allow you to set up the labs on your own systems.

This class will also introduce the two open-source courses prepared by the NISGTC that are available on the LMS (Learning Management System) NTER (National Training & Education Resource). NTER is a free platform provided by the Department of Energy.

Specifically, this class will provide:

  • An introduction to the two open-source Linux courses offered in NTER with related materials such as a SCORM and Storyline package to use in your LMS
  • Quizzes, homework and discussion topics to use in your class
  • An overview of NDG and NetLab+
  • The opportunity to experience Linux+ labs in the NetLab virtual environment from the perspective of both the instructor and the student.


  1. All attendees are required to review both parts of the Linux courseware on NTER prior to Summer Working Connections. Go to to access the course. Username and log-in will be provided to you as soon as you register. - Recommended reading – Linux+ Guide to Linux Certification (Eckert, J. (2012); Linux Guide to Linux Certification (3rd ed.). Boston, MS: Course Technology. ISBN: 978-1-4188-3721-1)


Julie Hietschold

Virtual Lab Manager/Networking SME, Collin College

After completing her AAS in Networking Technology at a local Community College over 20 years ago, Julie Hietschold began her career in IT. After leaving her position with a catastrophe insurance adjusting firm where she supported the company’s network infrastructure, a 13+ year career was started with Nortel Networks, a global communications company based out of Canada, first supporting Microsoft servers to meet the needs of local teams and then for the global server support team that had an inventory of over 2,000 Microsoft servers. In the later years, her main responsibility was to secure all Microsoft servers on Nortel’s network. This included the hardening of the servers, changing of administrator passwords, maintaining and monitoring the current status of an antivirus application, finding and fixing crackable local and global users’ passwords and reporting on the status of compliance of various security areas for all supported servers.

During that time, Julie taught numerous networking courses at several Community Colleges which included A+, Network+, Linux+, CCNA, EMC Storage, and prep classes for Microsoft’s MCSE and MCITP. These classes were in both in-classroom and on-line formats. She was a major contributor to the development of many of the on-line classes she taught.

Her passion for what she has done in both supporting networks and teaching about networking has afforded her the opportunity to encourage others – especially women – to complete their training and vendor certifications.

She recently started her new and exciting endeavor of working with the DOL grant by supporting Collin’s virtual labs, creating new virtual labs, and developing new courses that will be shared by everyone.

Three Objectives

1 Provide sufficient instruction to enable students to complete many if not all of the 35 Linux labs created by NISGTC for NetLab
2 Explain how to use NTER to provide content to students in your class
3 Explain how to obtain NetLab's Linux+ labs and set them up for your class


Day 1
8:30 – 9:00 – Introductions and Housekeeping Announcements
9:00 – 10:30 – Introduce NTER and the two Linux+ courses
10:30 – 10:45 – Break
10:45 – 12:00 – Introduce NDG and NetLab
12:00 – 1:00 – Lunch
1:00 – 3:00 – Discuss the two labs that install CentOS and Ubuntu in NetLab
3:00 – 3:15 – Break
3:15 – 4:30 – Begin working through the 16 labs in Series 1 of the labs that tie to the first Linux+ Exam
4:30 – 5:00 – Answer question from today’s class

Day 2
8:30 – 9:00 – Discuss the various Linux certification exams
9:00 – 10:30 – Continue with Series 1 labs
10:30 – 10:45 – Break
10:45 – 12:00 – Demonstrate how to log into NetLab as the Instructor and view options
12:00 – 1:00 – Lunch
1:00 – 3:00 – Continue with Series 1 labs
3:00 – 3:15 – Break
3:15 – 4:30 – Continue with Series 1 labs
4:30 – 5:00 – Answer question from today’s class

Day 3
8:30 – 9:00 – Review topics from Day 1 and 2 and discuss any questions asked
9:00 – 10:30 – Begin with Series 2 labs
10:30 – 10:45 – Break
10:45 – 12:00 – Continue with Series 2 labs
12:00 – 1:00 – Lunch
1:00 – 3:00 – Continue with Series 2 labs
3:00 – 3:15 – Break
3:15 – 4:30 – Continue with Series 2 labs
4:30 – 5:00 – Answer question from today’s class

Day 4
8:30 – 10:30 – Continue with Series 2 labs
10:30 – 10:45 – Break
10:45 – 12:00 – Demonstrate the basics of supporting a set of labs in NetLab
12:00 – 1:00 – Lunch
1:00 – 3:00 – Continue with Series 2 labs
3:00 – 3:15 – Break
3:15 – 4:30 – Continue with Series 2 labs
4:30 – 5:00 – Answer question from today’s class

Day 5
8:30 – 9:00 – Discuss questions from labs or other covered topics
9:00 – 10:30 – Complete Series 2 labs
10:30 – 10:45 – Break
10:45 – 11:00 – Visit NetLab Server Room
11:00 – 12:00 - Troubleshooting Tips and Q&A – free time for more labs

Instructor Links

NDG's Linux NetLab -

Please note that content is subject to change or modification based on the unique needs of the track participants in attendance.

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