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Participants in the rapidly changing computer networking arena face the significant challenge of keeping up with technologies that are often expensive to deploy, making it particularly difficult to gain hands-on experience. A survey of current job descriptions indicates that Microsoft systems continue to experience strong interest among employers. Learning alternatives are considered with a focus on a new solution to the problem of hands-on experience that has been provided by Microsoft, a virtual server lab that is available on-line and is free. Features of this virtual lab are explained, and the results of an experiment to integrate this lab into a networking course are discussed.


Copyright © 2005 International Association for Computer Information Systems. Citation: Webb, G. K. (2005). Using an Online Virtual Server to Simulate Network Administration. Issues in Information Systems, 6 (1), 135-141.