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NetLab Hands On

Track Room Location: H137 (Heritage Hall)

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

You don’t have to come to Frisco, Texas to enroll in this track. It will be provided simultaneously both in-person and remotely via the WebEx webinar platform. You can stay where you are and take the class from home OR join us in Frisco – your choice.


The National Information, Security, and Geospatial Technologies Consortium (NISGTC), funded by a grant from the Department of Labor, has created almost 200 free, open source virtual labs that are delivered on the NDG NetLab platform. The NetLab package offers labs 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 that 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.

Specifically, this class will provide:

  • An overview of NDG and NetLabs
  • A demonstration of NetLab management and set-up
  • A discussion of troubleshooting strategies to help students
  • An opportunity to experience NetLab virtual labs from the perspective of both the instructor and the student: A+, Network+, Security+, Linux+, Cisco, and possibly others depending on participant backgrounds and requests.

General knowledge of networking.


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 at least one lab in each of the seven lab sets created by NISGTC for NetLab
2. Explain how to create a class, a student account and add students to the class in NetLab
3. Explain how to import an .ova into NetLab and create a Pod


Day 1:
8:30 – 9:00 – Introductions and Housekeeping Announcements
9:00 – 10:30 – One or more Security Awareness (4011) labs
10:30 – 10:45 – Break
10:45 – 12:00 – Demonstrate how to create a class and a student account and add students to the class in NetLab
12:00 – 1:00 – Lunch
1:00 – 3:00 – One or more A+ labs
3:00 – 3:15 – Break
3:15 – 5:00 – One or more Network+ labs

Day 2:
8:30 – 10:30 – One or more Security+ labs
10:30 – 10:45 – Break
10:45 – 12:00 – Demonstrate how to import an .ova into NetLab and create a Pod
12:00 – 1:00 – Lunch
1:00 – 3:00 – One or more Forensics labs
3:00 – 3:15 – Break
3:15 – 5:00 – One or more Ethical Hacking labs

Day 3:
8:30 – 10:30 – One or more Linux+ 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


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