Ops 102: Intro to Computer Operations

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Ready to hack what’s inside the box? Curious about how computers really work? Ever wonder how technology professionals build physical computers, upgrade components, configure virtual machines? Join us for Ops 102! You’ll blast through preparations for Ops 201, deploying and configuring your very own home virtualization lab, which will serve as a platform for skill development as you move through the Ops program and beyond.

Pick the track that works for you! Flexible course options means you can fit Ops 102 into your life:

Daytime Immersive - Ready to dive in full time? Work through the course in just one week. Get trained via live, personal instruction from an experienced professional and educator. Work through your hands-on assignments in collaboration with peers looking to switch into a career in cyber / ops.

Nights & Weekends - Not quite ready to quit your day job? The Nights & Weekends track may be part-time, but it’s still intensive! Join us weeknights for 2 weeks and on one Saturday for the exact same in-depth curriculum offered in the Daytime Immersive. Your instructor will be there for every class, providing live instruction and demos, guiding you through lab assignments, to help you and your peers level up.

Self-paced Online - Want to prepare for Ops 201 at your own pace? Get it done on YOUR schedule and complete the same curriculum in our self-paced option. Access lecture videos, join a chat channel dedicated to you and your peers, and schedule screen-share sessions with an instructor to help you get unstuck. Take up to a month to work through the hands-on assignments, turning them in for grading through the exact same system the other tracks use.


By the end of this workshop, you will:

  • Understand the core building blocks of computing
  • Have your own home lab capable of virtualization
  • Develop proficiency in installing software in Linux
  • Gain valuable hands-on experience with computer hardware internals and peripherals
  • Be fully prepared for the challenges ahead in Ops 201
  • Be a part of a learning community, and begin to prepare your resume and professional skills for an in-demand technical career


  • Required: Computer updated with the latest version of OS, all security patches installed. See “Material Requirements” below
  • Required: Basic home internet usage and computer skills.


  • Computer hardware components and interaction
  • Computer hardware interfaces
  • Operating systems fundamentals
  • Software application installation
  • Virtual machine operations

Material Requirements

For all Ops courses beyond 101, you must attend class on the first day with:

  • A recent-model laptop (or desktop) computer
  • A reliable internet connection
  • An Ops Lab Kit from Code Fellows, which contains tools of an IT pro, and a PC to use for labs (where you can uninstall/reinstall the operating system repeatedly).

Computer Requirements

You are required to supply your own desktop or laptop computer (not a Chromebook) with adequate system specs to run Zoom, Slack, Remo, and Microsoft Visual Studio Code. You are also responsible for maintaining a reliable source of high-speed internet connectivity for attending lecture time and occasionally presenting via Zoom. This computer will be used to remotely access the lab kit PC, which will perform the majority of the resource-intensive virtual machine hosting during the class.

Ops Lab Kit

By the first day of class, you will need to have received an Ops Lab Kit from Code Fellows. This means you are responsible for picking up the Lab Kit at a published time or arranging for it to be delivered to you before class starts.

Each kit contains:

  • A desktop tower PC computer intended for lab and data overwrite
  • Compatible peripherals
  • Two 32GB USB 3.0 flash drive
  • Sysadmin toolkits
  • Cat5e networking supplies
  • A wireless router
  • And more!

Each kit costs $400, which will be billed to you with your course invoice.


Punctuality, participation in discussions, completion of assignments, and demonstration of professional courtesy to others are required, in accordance with our Code of Conduct. Attendance will be taken at the beginning of every class. Students should always contact the instructors ahead of time if they are unable to attend all or part of the published class/lab hours.

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