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NOTE: This page is for users (student/faculty) that received permission from vlab administrators to execute an OS install within a VM. These options are not available unless discussed with iSchool IT Staff beforehand.


Below are the steps for installing an Operating System on a VM. We will walk you through attaching an .iso file to a VM shell.

Attach .ISO to CD Drive (**IMPORTANT)

  1. Go to Edit Settings on the VM (right-click).

  2. Under the Virtual Hardware tab, click ion the option CD/DVD drive 1

    1. Change the setting to Content Library ISO File

    2. Select the .ISO File - (ex. Ubuntu20.04-amd64.iso)
    3. **Underneath, make sure to check the box for Connect At Power On 

  3. Next, select the VM Options tab at the top of the Customize hardware window

  4. Navigate to the Boot Options section

    1. Ensure the Firmware is BIOS 

    2. Navigate to the Forced BIOS setup  option

    3. Select the check box next to During the next boot, force entry into the BIOS setup screen

    4. Press Next

  5. Review the information and select Finish when ready


Boot from .ISO (BIOS)

After you have attached the .ISO to CD Drive, you want to change the settings so that the VM boots from the .ISO

  1.  Navigate to Summary at the top of the page (below the VM Name)
    1. Click the Green Power Button next to the VM name at the top of the screen
      1. Alternatively, navigate to Actions at the far right top of the screen
      2. Navigate to Power
      3. Select Power On
    2. Underneath will show a small preview of the screen powered on
      1. Below, select Launch Remote Console

  2. Once in the VM, you need to boot from the .ISO
    1. Use the keyboard arrows to navigate to the Boot tab
    2. Using the +/- keys, reorder the boot options so CD-ROM Drive is the first option
  3.  Navigate to the Exit tab at the top of the window
    1. Click Enter to Exit Saving Changes

  4. Set up your VM

Remove .ISO from VM

  1. Go to Edit Settings on the VM (right-click).

  2. Under the Virtual Hardware tab, click ion the option CD/DVD drive 1

    1. UNCLICK Connect At Power On 

      1. This will detach your ISO file now that the OS is installed to the hard drive.


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