Virtual Machine Setup


  1. Download and install VMware using the information you received in your email. Leave all of the default settings in the installer.
  2. Download an ISO image for Ubuntu (64-bit, version 16.04.1). You don't need to burn it to a CD; we will use the ISO file directly.
  3. Start VMware and click the "Create a New Virtual Machine" link.
  4. Opt for a Typical installation.
  5. Select Use ISO image and browse to the Ubuntu ISO you downloaded.
  6. Enter the name, username, and password that you would like to use for logging into your VM. Make sure you remember this, but don't use you PSU or other password.
  7. Leave the disk size at the recommended amount unless you cannot afford the disk space.
  8. When you finish the setup, VMware will start your virtual machine, and its Easy Install feature will run the Ubuntu installer for you.
  9. Once finished, VMware will reboot the system into your new Linux box!

Note: There are several other webpages describing how to install a new VM on different web systems. A good example on how to install Ubuntu on a MAC is here.

Playing Around

After your VM restarts, you can log in using the username and password you supplied during installation. To launch applications, you can use the menu in the top-left corner. Find the Terminal Emulator application – you will be using this a lot!


VM snapshots are a simple way to save the state of your VM before experimenting with it. To save a snapshot, go to the VM menu, then Snapshot, and choose "Take Snapshot." Take a snapshot right now in case you ever need to reset to a freshly installed system.

You can always revert to a saved snapshot if something goes awry, so feel free to use them liberally. Note that reverting to a snapshot will reset the contents of the virtual disk too, so be sure to have a backup copy of your code somewhere non-virtual!