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Introduction

Virtual machines

Virtual Machines are a special tool to aid users in manipulating their files/data in an OS-specific environment. Essentially, this tool provides the user to run very unique operating systems and corresponding applications based on their individual needs. Administrators can build virtual machine templates based on individual user/department need, and users can run these virtual machines using their own encrypted drives.

The following information describes how to use and manage virtual machines. It is imperative to understand the components of a virtual machine in order to have a seamless understanding on how they operate. For information on these components, please visit the other topics under the Virtual machines tab to the left.

Starting a virtual machine

In order to start a virtual machine, select the virtual machine template that you would like to start and the left and select the "Start VM" button on the right.

Connecting to a virtual machine

From the virtual machine templates, a user can launch a VM by clicking on the blue arrow button to the right of the template name, or by selecing the blue launch button on the right panel as seen below. The right panel will display a variety of information as follows.

Ways to launch

Once the virtual machine is launched, you will see the info panel with three main componenets. The first is the action bar, the second is the resource usage statistics, and the final is the virtual machine management. For more about the action panel, please visit the tab under Virtual Machines called Virtual machine action bar.

Resource usage statistics

This section of the virtual machine panel shows how much of the VM's resources have been used. It is important to watch these statistics as a virtual machine cannot be started if all of it's resources have been used. Such resources include CPU, memory...etc.

Virtual machine management section

Underneath the statistics is a list of virtual machine management tools. The following video demonstrates where these can be found.

Virtual machine management
ActionNotes
Profile Describes the resources used up by the VM such as CPU, memory....etc
UserManagement A user can manage users in their VM.
GroupManagement A user can manage the groups within their virtual machine such as adding users.
AccessDirectoryManagement A user can manage file directories in the virtual machine.
DriveManagement A user can view the drives associated with the virtual machine and attach more drives.
Controller Describes the version of the VM

Menu

Your profile

In this section you can view your profile in terms of this virtual machine. THis includes basic information such as your role, permissions, your access directories, and groups. Note that nothing can be changed here, only viewed.

User Management

This tool may not be visible to some users. That is becuase they do not have the permissions to manage users within the VM. It is with this tool that users can be added and removed to the virtual machine. A user's permissions within the virtual machine can also be edited here.

Group Management

Groups can be added and removed from the virtual machine in this section. The group must be created first and then users can be added to it. The users must be shared on the VM in order to be added to the group. Groups are used to restrict access on directories. If a geroup has access to a specific directory, then only that group can see that directory.

Create and manage a group

Access Directory

Access directories are folders within a virtual machine. These folders may be restricted in that only members of a group in which it is assigned may view it. Access directories can be created as seen below. When creating an access directory, a group must be assigned.

Create an access directory.

Drive management

THis is only visisble of the person who launches the vm. becuase you have ownership, then you can remove and add drices on the fly to the vm along with fuill access to the drives that are already mounted.

Controller

Displays all of the logs or "reports" of the virtual machines behvaior. Logs can also be searched for.