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[This page is launched from within the virtual machine.]

Welcome to the Virtual Machine

This page will provide you with instructions and tipps how to use the virtual machine image.

Where to start?

To open the Toolchain (Integrated Development Environment for Robotics), double-click on the Eclipse desktop launcher. Start the toolchain to browse the components and systems. All the models and sources of domain models, components, and demos are located under ~/SOFTWARE/smartsoft/repos.

Username and Password

Login and password for the virtual machine guest OS:

  • username: smartsoft
  • password: smartsoft
  • User “smartsoft” is allowed to use “sudo”.

Working with VMware Player

«to be added soon, 02/2021»

Working with Virtualbox

«screenshots are updated soon, 02/2021»

Guest Additions and Performance (Virtualbox)

We recommend to install the guest additions after launching the VM to enable copy&paste (see virtualbox manual).

You may want to increase the number of CPUs and the memory of your virtual machine according to your host system to get more performance in your guest operating system. By default, the settings are kept very minimal.

How to start and stop the Virtual Machine

You have two ways to Start the Virtual Machine:

  1. Start “VirtualBox”, import the just downloaded ova-File, and then start this Virtual Machine.
  2. Double-click the just downloaded ova-File and all gets started within “VirtualBox”. As “VirtualBox” starts the prepared Virtual Machine appears as a virtual computer inside your computer. In our case, this virtual computer is run by Ubuntu LTS.

You can shut down the VM from the guest operating system as illustrated below:

You can also shut down the VM from the virtual box management GUI. This will issue an ACPI command. It simulates pressing the “power button”.

Saving the Machine State (Virtualbox)

If you wish to pause a tutorial and continue working later, you can save the current state of the virtual machine. Whenever you open the Virtual Machine next time you will be able continue at the saved state.

Taking VM Snapshots (Virtualbox)

You can store the current system state by taking a snapshot. It creates a “checkpoint” to which you can return any time. You can create as many snapshots as you like. You can give name to the snapshots to provide the details like reason or state. This feature can help you in case of failures as you can always go back to the working state if you had stored it earlier.

Taking a system state snapshot (Virtualbox)

  1. Open Virtual Box Window
  2. Select the Virtual Machine image
  3. On the upper right corner of the window, The default selection is Details, so Select Snapshots
  4. Select Current State in the right side panel
  5. The Snapshot ( camera icon) button will become active.
  6. Then click on it
  7. Give a name to your new snapshot.

Restoring the Snapshot (Virtualbox)

This will revert your current state and restore the saved snapshot.

tutorials/vm-welcome.txt · Last modified: 2021/07/06 10:07 by Christian Schlegel