Setting up OS

Your first operating system with ArchivistaVM

Now start your web browser and enter the address of the ArchivistaVM server. If possible, you should use a browser containing Java libraries as the screen for each of the installed instances will then be displayed using Java.

Log in with the ‘root’ user name and the password specified during installation.

You then arrive at an overview of the ArchivistaVM server. Normally you will find more RAM there since this is where it is output. In order to create the screens, we have installed an ArchivistaVM server within an ArchivistaVM server, which is why it is labelled as ‘QEMU’.

Now click ‘Appliance Template’. This allows you to upload an installation CD to the server. Please note here that only ISO files up to 2GB in size can be uploaded. Larger files must be transferred to the ArchivistaVM server using WinSCP or a similar programme. The path ‘/var/lib/vz/template/iso’ should be used for this.

Now select an ISO file and click ‘upload’ to load the file onto the server. This can take a little while, depending on the size of the ISO file and the upload speed.

We can now install a virtual machine. To do this, select the ?Create? tab in ?Virtual Machines?. You now have to specify the ‘Installation Media’ as either the CD Rom drive or, as in our case, the uploaded ISO file, so that the installation can take place from that particular media. Don’t forget to give the instance a name, as otherwise the virtual machine cannot be set up.

The instance can now be started by pressing ‘Start’.

After a while, the ‘Open VNC console’ will appear in red. Click this link and the operating system screen (instance) will appear in start mode in a window (see below for the TinycoreLinux start process as an example). You can now perform a normal installation of the guest operating system.

A final point – you can install all 32 and 64-bit operating systems with ArchivistaVM, including Windows instances. You will be astounded just how quickly you can install an instance with ArchivistaVM. For instance, no more than 5 minutes is usually required to carry out an Ubuntu installation on our ArchivistaVM servers. We even completed a Windows7 test installation in 15 minutes. So, have fun working with ArchivistaVM!


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