Specify 6 Appliance Download and Installation
This page gives instructions for using the Specify 6 virtual appliance and demo database for Specify 6 workshops. This is a multi-part process which involves the installation of a virtual machine environment (VirtualBox or VMWare) in which the demo database will run, download of the Specify 6 demo database virtual appliance itself and then opening of the appliance in VirtualBox or VMWare. The appliance has all necessary components and workshop materials installed and ready for use.
Install Virtual Machine environment
First you need to install either VirtualBox (recommended for Mac or Linux but works for Mac, PC and Linux) or VMware player (recommended for Windows 8/10 users)
Follow the below link for Virtualbox installation. Choose the platform of your host machine (PC, Mac or Linux) under VirtualBox Platform packages and install. Use all the default settings.
Installation instructions (from VirtualBox) can be found here - https://www.virtualbox.org/manual/ch01.html#intro-installing
Follow the below link for downloading VMWare player.
Download the Specify appliance
Click the link below to download the appliance for the virtual machine software of choice selected above. The file size is about 2-3Gb, so it may take some time to complete the download depending on your connection speed. Check the file size after download to ensure that the whole file has been downloaded.
The virtual machine is a 64-bit Ubuntu machine. If you do not have a 64-bit machine you will need to turn on virtualization by booting into the BIOS of your machine and turning it on. The booting into BIOS procedure varies by machine but usually involves starting up your machine and using a Function key (usually F2, F10 or F12) to get into the BIOS settings. You can Google instructions for your machine by searching on the make of your machine and "turn on virtualization".
Open the appliance
Unzip (Extract) the file downloaded in the previous step, place the resulting directory somewhere on your machine (e.g. your Desktop) and double click the specify.vbox file in that directory to run the appliance. NOTE: If you are on a windows machine, DO NOT use the native unzip application in Windows. Use some other unzipping program or download 7-zip free from here: http://www.7-zip.org/
If double-clicking the vbox file does not work, notes on creating your first virtual machine can be found here - https://www.virtualbox.org/manual/ch01.html#gui-createvm. Under step 2 you will need to select Linux as your operating system. For all other options the default settings can be selected.
Once Virtual Box starts up you can open the appliance by double clicking the appliance in the left hand menu or clicking the green "Start" arrow at the top of the Virtual Box window.
For VMWare Player:
Unzip (Extract) the file downloaded in the previous step, place the resulting directory somewhere on your machine (e.g. your Desktop) and double click the Specify Appliance file in that directory to run the appliance. NOTE: If you are on a windows machine, DO NOT use the native unzip application in Windows. Use some other unzipping program or download 7-zip free from here: http://www.7-zip.org/
If double-clicking the file doesn't work then open up VMWare Player, select "Open a Virtual Machine" and navigate to the Specify Appliance file in the directory you downloaded and unzipped.
After several minutes, the appliance completes booting up. Then run Specify from the desktop by clicking the Specify_64 icon. Note: this is an Ubuntu installation as this is the only license free operating system we can distribute. We will go through the basics of using Ubuntu (as much as we need for the workshop) on the first day. You may be prompted to install Ubuntu updates. These are not necessary for the workshop and as such can be ignored for now. If you are going to be using this appliance long term however, you may want to keep the operating system up to date.
The username and password for the demo database are demouser/demouser. The machine username and password (should it shut down or sleep) are specify/specify.
If a new version of Specify has been released, you may need to update the version of Specify being used. If a schema change has been performed then you will need the IT (admin username and password to update the database. The IT (admin) username and password is root/root.
Click File > Exit
When exiting specify you may be prompted with a message about backing up the database, you can either simply click the "x" button at the left top corner of the window or "Skip Backup".
In the top right, under the Wheel icon > click Shut Down
Resizing or scaling screen size
- The screen resolution can be easily adjusted by dragging the right-bottom corner. - If you use Mac retina display, you would want to scale the screen itself. Then select "View" -> "Switch to scaled mode" at the Top menu.