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VM Download and Setup

You can download the VM for VirtualBox (5.8 GB) and UTM (11 GB). If you want to effectively participate in the workshop, it's best to grab them before, as the download on the day may take too much time. We will also bring copies on a USB drive.

VirtualBox VM set up

This assumes you have already downloaded and installed VirtualBox and the Extension Pack. The VM is downloadable in the Open Virtualization Format 1.0. It is approximately 6GB in size in its compacted format and expands to 19GB when installed.

Importing VM into VirtualBox

From the VirtualBox GUI, you can import the VM:

Check VM settings

Once imported, check the settings are appropriate for your computer and there are no errors. In particular check the following:

The Network settings are set to 'NAT'. Port forwarding is set up for an ssh connection if you wish to run in headless mode.

Starting the VM

You can run the VM from the VirtualBox GUI, or in headless mode for an ssh connection.

UTM VM set up

NOTE: The VM we have set up for UTM is for Apple Silicon hardware only. The image is an ARM64-based Ubuntu image and will not work on Intel Macs! If you have an Intel Mac you should follow the instructions for setting up a VirtualBox VM instead.

This assumes that you have already downloaded and installed UTM for Mac. The VM you download will have the .utm file extension and should be about 11.2 GB in size. The SPICE tools agent is already installed on the uploaded VM so clipboard functionality will already be working.

Importing VM into UTM

You can double-click the .utm file to automatically import the VM into UTM. You can also manually import the VM:

The VM will be imported into UTM and you can start it from there.

Starting the VM

You can run the VM with a GUI display, or use SSH. If you want to SSH into the VM you may want to run the VM in headless mode.

NOTE: If you deleted the Display device to run the VM in headless mode, you will need to add it back in to have a GUI display. To add a Display, right-click the VM and select Edit, under Devices click New... -> Display. You will then be able to use a GUI in the VM again.