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Starting a virtual machine

On this page we guide you through the options you have when starting a virtual machine.
If you are a member of a simple vm project you can start a virtual machine at the "New Instance" tab.
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Mandatory configuration

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1. Overview

Here you get an overview of your allocated ressources and how much of it is currently in use. If your allocated ressources do not allow to start a virtual machine, your PI may request more ressources.

2. Name

Here you may name your virtual machine or use a randomly generated name. An unique id will be appended after starting your virtual machine.

3. Flavor

Here you may choose the flavor for you virtual machine. Flavors dictate the ressources your virtual machine will be started with. For more information about flavors please visit the flavor wiki page.

Information for ephemeral flavors:

Ephemeral storage is additional disk space for the operating system and temporary data such as cache, buffers, session data and other. This type of storage is already available as an additional disk when the VM is started. The data on the ephemeral disk is not lost by restarting a paused machine. However, unlike volumes of the Object Storage type, the data is irretrievably deleted without additional backup on a volume as soon as the instance is deleted/terminated. When creating a snapshot of an instance, the data on the ephemeral disk is not included!

Ephemeral storage suits best for temporary data that changes often or is consistently replicated across your environment. It offers faster access and faster loading of data. Object storage volumes are best suited for data that must be persistent.

4. Image

Here you may choose the image your virtual machine will be started with. Images are basically the operating system and tool packages which will be installed on your virtual machine. The images listed here are the ones provided by de.NBI and your created snapshots. For more information about images and snapshots, please visit the wiki page.

Optional configuration

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1. Volumes

Here you may create, attach and mount a new volume or attach and mount an already existing volume.
For more information about volumes, please visit the volume wiki page.

Click on New Volume and you will see: vol_new You may name your volume, choose its mountpath, which is the path to the data saved on the volume and choose the amount of storage.

Click on Attach existing Volume and you will see: vol_ex You may choose its mountpath, which is the path to the data saved on the volume.

After adding a volume you will see an overview of your chosen volumes: vol_done

2. Conda tools

conda Here you may choose multiple conda, bioconda and anaconda tools which will be installed on your machine at startup. For more information, please visist the customization wiki page.

3. Research environments

resenv Here you may choose from different browser based research environments respectively web IDEs, which will be installed on your machine at startup. For more information, please visist the customization wiki page.

4. Optional parameters

optionals Here may find some additional options for your virtual machine.

MOSH / UDP ports

Here you are able to open UDP ports and have MOSH installed on your virtual machine. Open UDP ports allow for better mobile usage and MOSH is used/needed to connect to your virtual machine via UDP. For more information on using UDP ports and MOSH, please visist the respective wiki page.

Start VM

Here you finally may start your virtual machine. After a short time, you will be redirected to the Instance Overview page.