Download and install the free VMWare Server from:
Download the vmbiskit snapshot from http://serrano.crg.es/vm/vmbiskit_0.4_free7.10.tar.bz2
Unpack the snapshot
tar jvfx vmbiskit_ubuntuserver.tar.bz2
On Windows: 7-Zip (http://www.7-zip.org/) allows to unpack bz2 under Windows.
(Thanks to Anders Norgaard for this hint!)
Open the virtual machine in VMWare
- File / Open / Browse -> vmbiskit_ubuntuserver/
- Start (Note: Reply 'Keep' when asked about changing the hardware ID)
- login with user name biskit and password biskit
Connect to the virtual machine
The vmbiskit snapshot is a text-only installation but it can 'forward' graphical x11 windows to your host computer. The system is configured to fetch a dynamic IP address from DHCP (modify these settings in /etc/network/interfaces). To access it from outside, you need to know which IP address was assigned to it.
on vmbiskit: read the IP address with ifconfig:
vmbiskit|~> ifconfig eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:0C:29:4F:52:46 inet addr:192.168.116.131 Bcast:192.168.116.255 Mask:255.255.255.0 inet6 addr: fe80::20c:29ff:fe4f:5246/64 Scope:Link ...
Note the address given after 'inet addr:'
Now connect to the vmbiskit machine from your host:
Replace '192.168.116.131' with the address noted above.
And check that you can open graphical windows:
If pymol doesn't open, try to re-connect with 'ssh -X email@example.com'
Bring everything up-to-date
upgrade to the latest biskit version:
cd ~/py/biskit svn update
See also: Update VMBiskit
No network connection
If 'ifconfig' does not report any but the loopback IP, Ubuntu may have become confused by the changing hardware address (a consequence of moving the VMWare snapshot between different computers).
- Edit /etc/udev/rules.d/70-persistent-net.rules: remove any non-comment line
- Edit /etc/iftab: remove any non-comment line (if any)
- reboot [sudo reboot] (restarting the network is not enough)
apt-get doesn't work
Installation of other software packages may require the Ubuntu CD. -> uncomment the cd repository in /etc/apt/sources.list or Download the Ubuntu 7.10 server edition CD image (32 bit x86) and mount it into the virtual CD-drive. See: VMWare / VM / Settings -> CD-drive