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There are various systems within SICELuddy, IU, and from 3rd party sources available to you as a member of the IU and SICE Luddy community for hosting virtual machines (VMs). This page is a summary of these options and includes pointers to various other sources of more detailed information.

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The IU II system is well suited for production use and certain research use that does not require large amounts of resources (many cores, lots of memory, and huge amounts of disk space).  II VMs are not free but SICE Luddy provides funding subsidies for II VMs per the Virtual Machine Policy.  To get started with an II VM please contact the SICE Luddy Help Desk.

Jetstream

Jetstream is well suited for class and research use and is available at no cost for approved use.  Jetstream provides a nice, simple web-based interface into VMs that can be easily created and destroyed from standard OS images provided by the instructor or from a collection of standard disk images.  For detailed information about this option please see the IU KB entry Jetstream on XSEDE.  If you want to use this resource for a class so your students have access to VMs the process is as follows.  It is basically the same process for other research use but these instructions are geared toward class use.

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If you are interested in using these services, you should contact the SICE Luddy Help Desk.  We also have the KB page Amazon Web Services (AWS) Quick Start Guide available that details the required steps for AWS.

VMware Workstation and Fusion

As a member of SICELuddy, you are eligible for free access to VMware products, including VMware Workstation and Fusion.  To get started with this option, please see the VMware section in the KB page What free and discounted software is available?.

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VirtualBox is a free product that allows you to run VMs on your personal or SICELuddy-managed workstation.  The instructions for running a Windows VM on your SICE Linux Luddy workstation are in the KB page Running a Virtual Machine on Linux or WindowsThe procedure is similar for running other OS VMs on Linux as well as running VMs on Windows so see this KB page and contact the SICE Contact the Luddy Help Desk if you need any further help.

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Luddy Security Teaching Lab

SICE Luddy manages a dedicated teaching lab in Luddy 3115 that is used primarily for security-related classes.  This is a lab of Red Hat Enterprise Linux systems running KVM for running and managing Virtual Machines.  To get started using this lab, please contact the SICE Luddy Help Desk.  There is documentation about using this lab at Using the Luddy Hall Security Lab (3115).

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Luddy VM servers

SICE Luddy uses the IU Intelligent Infrastructure (II) system, as noted above, for most hosted VMs.  However, the school also manages 2 VM servers that can be used for certain types of projects that don't fit well in any of the other VM systems.  If you want to discuss the use of these servers, please contact the SICE Ludy Help Desk.