Minimum Requirements for VMWare Workstation

You can find the full installation information for VMWare at this link on the VMWare website here.

System Requirements

  • 64-bit x86 Intel Core 2 Duo Processor or equivalent, AMD Athlon™ 64 FX Dual Core Processor or equivalent
  • 1.3GHz or faster core speed
  • 2GB RAM minimum/ 4GB RAM recommended
  • 300MB of available disk space for the application and at least 15 GB of disk space for the VM we provide.

Host Operating System

  • Windows 7/ 8 / or 10
  • Windows Server 2008 or 2012
  • Ubuntu 8.04 and above
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and above
  • CentOS 5.0 and above
  • Oracle Linux 5.0 and above
  • openSUSE 10.2 and above
  • SUSE Linux 10 and above

For more information on VMWare compatibility, visit this link on the VMWare website.

Installing VMWare Workstation Player

We recommend students with Windows or Linux computers install VMWare Workstation to run the CyberStart Game Virtual Machine. This application is free, and can be downloaded from the VMWare website.

Follow the instructions on the VMWare website to install the software.

We have provided a video walkthrough inside the CyberStart Game Field Manual on how to get VMWare Workstation up and running, and get your Game Virtual Machine working. Please watch this video closely and carefully as you set up your Virtual Machine.

Running the CyberStart Game VM in VMWare Workstation

1. Download the VMWare version of the CyberStart Game VM from inside the Field Manual.

2. Unzip the files into a place you'll remember.

3. In the unzipped folder, double click the file: cs_game.vmx. If you do not have file extensions visible in your file browser, this will be the file with the icon of three white squares stacked over each other.

4. After double clicking, the virtual machine should launch in VMWare Workstation Player. You’ll see there will be a sidebar which the virtual machine has also been added to. In the future you won’t need to find the '.vmx' file to launch the virtual machine — opening VMWare Player and selecting the virtual machine from the sidebar will be enough (as long as you don’t delete the files from the computer).

5. You can then press the green 'play' button to boot the Virtual Machine.

IMPORTANT: Login details are username: agent and password: agent.

6. To turn off the virtual machine, just shut it down as if you were shutting down a normal computer. If your virtual machine has frozen or crashed, you can press CTRL + ALT. This will mean that your mouse will unfreeze (like you are tabbing out of a program) so that you can press the square 'stop' button.