Getting Started and Getting Help

The SCS provides support for problems relating to VirtualBox and course virtual machines. Below are some quick links to help you find the technical support you need:

Are you an instructor having problems with your course VM? Contact SCS Technical Staff.

About Course Virtual Machines

The Virtual Machines are all in VirtualBox .ova format (unless otherwise noted). They can usually be opened with other virtualization products (KVM, VMWare, Hyper-V, etc). The naming convention is the course code COMPXXXX of the course it was built for, followed by an optional term designation, such as -F18 for Fall 2018, which represents the term for which it was originally created. Many VMs continue to be used both for future terms, and for different courses. Consult with your Instructor to determine the exact VM you are expected to use for your course!

NOTE: Most of our Virtual Machines use the VirtualBox Extension Pack, so please make sure you add it when you install VirtualBox (see the Virtual Machine Technical Support).

WARNING 1: The Current Course Virtual Machines have been tested with VirtualBox 6.0.10 on Windows 10, Mac OSX and Linux. There are known issues with Windows 10 and pre 5.1.4 versions of VirtualBox. Older Course Virtual Machines are not extensively tested on recent operating systems and newer versions of VirtualBox.
WARNING 2: Microsoft Edge will NOT download these files properly. It will rename the .ova file to a .tar file. You will either need to rename it back to .ova or use another browser such as Chrome or Firefox to perform the download.

Current Course Virtual Machines (2019/2020)

NOTE: Our CURRENT Virtual Machines typically use the credentials username: student / password: student (unless otherwise noted).

Virtual Machine
(SHA1 checksum)
OS Privileged
user / password
Staff / Faculty
UPDATED Sep 10, 2019
1.7 ubuntu
student / student R. Collier
F. Chanchary
A. Pullin
UPDATED Sep 10, 2019
1.5 ubuntu
student / student M. Lanthier
D. Nussbaum
A. Pullin
UPDATED Sep 10, 2019
3.4 ubuntu
student / student C. Laurendeau
S. Benjamin
A. Pullin
UPDATED Sep 08, 2017
1.1 fedora
fedora / oracle M. Liu

NOTE: If you are looking for OLDER Virtual Machines from previous years, there is an archive maintained here.