1. Virtual Machine Installation

Again, the big picture of this lab is as follows in this step (this page and sub-menu items) we will accomplish #1.

1. Install or setup your VM on your host system/OS => VMWare

Note VMWare VMAP store has older versions in their “Archive” and “Other” sections in menu on the left should you have an older OS or should anything not work correctly or if the latest VMWare product has not yet been released to the VMAP community.  As an example “Other” has VMWare Workstation 11 and VMWare Fusion 7 since the newer Workstation 12 and Fusion 8 may not have all the bugs worked out.

2.  Download Ubuntu

3. Verify the the Ubuntu download’s MD5 Hash (Screenshot required)

4. Install the guest Ubuntu OS in your VM (and take a snapshot to save the system state) (Screenshot required)

5. Explore your new VM

Again, please read through all documents/Web pages in their entirety before beginning.

Desktop Virtual Machines 

As background, there are several desktop VMs out there and  they are listed below. Again, a desktop VM is just an application. We will implement VMWare as a first choice since it is the most robust and the CIS Dept is part of the VMWare Academic Alliance.

VMWare – for Mac OSX (i.e. Fusion) and Windows (i.e. VMWare Workstation). This is proprietary software (costs money) but we have an academic alliance with VMWare (VMAP) so we can provide it to students for free and this platform works without a hitch.

VirtualBox (VB) – for Mac OSX, Windows and Linux.  This is an Open Source solution maintained and distributed freely by Oracle.  The Virtual Box Manual located is here: http://www.virtualbox.org/manual/UserManual.html.  Be aware of the open source VirtualBox solution as you may want to explore this down the road.

Parallels – for Mac OSX.  This is proprietary software (costs money) but works without a hitch.

Microsoft Virtual PC – This is built in/available for free for Win7/Vista/XP  has solved some student’s problems where they could not install VB.

Hyper-V – for Win 8 and Win 10 (free). This works but it seems to need a recent machine that was built for Win 8 or newer rather than an older machine that is upgraded to Win 8.  If you need to use this please search YouTube for “Windows Hyper-V Linux Installation”

Download Recommendations

This can take some time depending on your connection speed. You may want to perform your downloads all at once and in the background (while making coffee, dinner, overnight, before you leave for the night or go skiing, etc.).   Having said this you may wish to quickly read through this lab and get some downloads going as you encounter them.  Also, it may be beneficial to download at the College or Library if their download speeds exceed your home download speed.

Installation Instructions

Again, most problems come from rushing through this installation, not following the instructions or a lack of attention to detail but again, no one has ever taught you these exact principles as Comp Sci is not taught in our High Schools….

In this item’s submenu you will find VMWare VMAP instructions.   Please use VMWare as a first option but you will also find instructions for VirtualBox, Virtual PC, HyperV etc. in the submenu.  Of course these other latter options are optional. Note interfaces will unavoidably change, often without notice, but you should be able to navigate the installation with your knowledge.

After you install your VM and your Ubuntu Guest OS, please take a snapshot of your system saving its state should something go wrong.  The actual steps required to take a snapshot are different for each VM so I will leave this for you to explore.  Note taking a snapshot provides instructional value as you will see your Guest OS VM is just a file used by the virtual machine application (e.g. VMWare, etc.). This is analogous to you opening a MS Word document in MS Word.

If you have an old computer that you are no longer using or expect to use you may turn this into a dedicated Ubuntu Linux box rather than installing a VM. This will work well but be sure to get everything you need off it.

You will also find a USB/Live CD option that is available to students with very old computers.

Getting Help

To provide help throughout this lab I need the specs on your system (Mac or Windows, Virtualization software and version, exact Ubuntu, etc.), the exact page in this menu LL10 menu system and the exact step you are on and a screenshot. To this extent please take this opportunity to understand Help Desk challenges and improve on our Help Desk skills.

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