Starting the Bootcamp VM using Virtual Box

Material by Karan Vahi and Gideon Juve


This appendix provides information on how to launch the Bootcamp Tutorial VM. The VM is a quick way to get started using Pegasus. It comes pre-configured with Pegasus, DAGMan and Condor so that you can begin running workflows immediately.

Additionally, the VM also has the following installed:

  • git
  • python
  • ipython
  • numpy
  • scipy
  • matplotlib
  • nose
  • rnaseq workflow module

In the following sections we will cover how to start, log into, and stop the tutorial VM locally, using the VirtualBox virtualization software.

VirtualBox is a free desktop virtual machine manager. You can use it to run the Pegasus Tutorial VM on your desktop or laptop.

Install VirtualBox

First, download and install the VirtualBox platform package from the VirtualBox website:

Download VM Image

Next, download the bootcamp tutorial VM from the Pegasus download page:

Or you can copy the VM image from the USB stick that you got.

Unzip the downloaded file and move the .vmdk file it contains to somewhere that you can find it later.

Create Virtual Machine

Start VirtualBox. You should get a screen that looks like this:

VirtualBox Welcome Screen

Click on the "New" button. The "Create New Virtual Machine Wizard" will appear:

Create New Virtual Machine Wizard

Click "Continue" to get to the VM Name and OS Type step:

 VM Name and OS Type

In the Name field type "Pegasus Tutorial". Set the Operating System to "Linux" and the Version to "Red Hat (64 bit)".

Warning Make sure to select "Red Hat (64 bit)" as the Version. If this is incorrect the virtual machine may not be able to start.

Click "Continue" to get to the Memory step. You can leave this at the default of 512 MB.


Click "Continue" again to get to the "Virtual Hard Disk" step:

 Virtual Hard Disk

Choose "Use existing hard disk". Click the folder icon and locate the .vmdk file that you downloaded earlier and click OK. There will be multiple vmdk files in the vm folder. You will need to select PegasusTutorialVM-4.3.vmdk file.

When you have selected the .vmdk file, choose "Open" and then click "Create" . You will get back to the welcome screen showing the new virtual machine:

 Welcome Screen with new virtual machine

Before Starting the VM we need to attach the RNASeq disk to the VM. Click on the Settings Cog Icon to goto the settings page for the Pegasus Tutorial VM. Click the Storage Tab.

Storage Tab for the Virtual Machine Setting

There select the SATA Controller and click on add harddisk icon. Choose existing disk and select the choose existing disk, and select rnaseq.vmdk from the VM folder.

Note: The VM won't start if you don't attach the rnaseq disk.

Add rnaseq disk to the VM

You will now see the rnaseq disk attached to the SATA controller.

Storage Tab with RNASeq disk attached to the Virtual Machine

Click OK and you will get back to main Virtual Box Manager window, where you can see under storage the rnaseq.vmdk attached for the Pegasus Tutorial under the Storage setting.

Pegasus Tutorial with rnaseq attached

Click on the name of the virtual machine and then click "Start". After a few seconds you should get to the login screen:

 Login Screen

Log in as user tutorial with password pegasus.

After you log in you can return to the lessons and complete the bootcamp.

Terminating the VM

When you are done with the tutorial you can shut down the VM by typing:

$ sudo /sbin/poweroff
at the prompt and then enter the tutorial user's password.

Alternatively, you can just close the window and choose "Power off the