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Before you start: 

Step one:  Download the VM image

The Avalon VM image is located at http://www.dlib.indiana.edu/~bdwheele/avalon-vm.ova (temporarily).  The VM file is about 6GB and could take an hour to download or more depending on your connection speed. 

The Avalon VM image is an Open Virtualization Format OVA Package. The VM image OVA file contains both the VM disk image as well as the settings for the VM guest (so these are imported when you kick off the image in the VM app?).

Step two:  Download a VM product

OVF is supported by most VM products, including VirtualBox, Redhat Enterprise Virtualization, and VMWareIf you are using a solution which doesn't support OVF, the OVA package is a simple tarball which can be unpacked and set up manually. 

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    • VirtualBox (Linux host)
    • KVM/libvirt (conversion required)

Virtual Machine Settings

Step one:  Import ( ? ) the Avalon VM image into your preferred product.

 

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It is important to reset the MAC (ethernet) address to a new address.  If other users are using the same MAC address on the same network the networking will be unstable.

When importing a VM appliance using VirtualBox, check the "Reinitialize the MAC address of all network cards" box prior to hitting the Import button.

VM Guest Settings

The general settings for the VM guest must be:

    • 64-bit guest
    • At least 2G of RAM  (3G is configured)
    • At least 1 core
    • Graphical Display
Network Settings

The network adapter of the guest needs to be set to "Bridging" or "Attached to Bridged Adapter".  This allows the guest to use an IP address which is visible to the outside world so clients can connect to it.  Network Address Translation (NAT) or "User Mode" networking can be used when combined with port forwarding or port mapping, but setting up this configuration is beyond the scope of these instructions

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It is important to reset the MAC (ethernet) address to a new address.  If other users are using the same MAC address on the same network the networking will be unstable.

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Free Disk Space

The disk image is in the VMDK format which is a sparsely-allocated disk image format:  only the disk space actually in use by the guest (plus some mapping overhead) is used on the host.  The image, as shipped, takes around XX gigabytes but from the guest's point of view it looks like a 500G disk.  As Avalon stores files the disk space used on the host will increase.  If the host doesn't have sufficient space for avalon's disk requests it will fail in unpredictable ways.

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