XNAT Virtual Machine

About the Virtual Machine

The XNAT Virtual Machine (VM) allows for easy testing and demonstration of the XNAT 1.6 release.

As of XNAT 1.6.4, we are only releasing 64-bit versions of the XNAT development virtual machines. These are built on top of Ubuntu 14.04.1 64-bit server and desktop releases.

These servers come with XNAT 1.6.4 running on Java 7 and Tomcat 7 proxied through the nginx HTTP service .

The default user name on these machines is xnat.

The password is xnat4life.

If you are using this VM anywhere that may be accessible from the outside, it's highly advisable to change the password for the XNAT development user, since that user has full root access to the machine's functions via the sudo command.

If you need to run XNAT on a 32-bit system, you can download the older 1.6.3 virtual machines running on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS:

As you can see, the VM downloads are fairly large, so be prepared to give it some time.

The README for these virtual machines is available on its own and has a lot of helpful information, including more links to the various versions of the virtual machine.

 A virtual machine is a full "virtual" operating system that runs as a program within your existing operating system. The screenshot below shows the login page of the virtual machine running on VMware Workstation on Windows 7:


The virtual machine is provided as an Open Virtualization Archive. This allows you to run it within VMware on its various supported platforms, including the freely downloadable VMware Player. You can also run the virtual machine on VirtualBox (instructions here). How you set up the virtual machine really depends on the virtualization tool you use. Consult the documentation for that tool for information on how to create a new virtual machine instance from a VMDK disk image.

The virtual machine is sparsely populated, with a single sample project and two sample subjects and imaging sessions. All the information you should need to access the virtual machine's functions, including both XNAT and the actual Ubuntu instance itself, is contained in the README file, which is located in the archive but is also available on the FTP site as linked above.

 Comments & Issues

If you discover any issues or have ideas on how we can improve the XNAT VM, please contact us on the xnat_discussion mailing list.

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