Installing a Desktop GUI on Pega 7 Exercise System Virtual Machine with Ubuntu

The Pega 7.1.6 Exercise System from Pega Academy runs on a virtual machine that uses the Ubuntu operating system. The virtual machine can be accessed through a command line interface that is provided by a virtual machine player such as VMWare Workstation Player or Oracle VM VirtualBox.

Summary

  1. Updating the Ubuntu APT Package Information Cache on the Pega 7 Virtual Machine
  2. Installing the Ubuntu Desktop GUI on the Pega 7 Virtual Machine

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  • Before installing the Ubuntu Desktop GUI, it is necessary to update the APT package information cache.
  • The APT update will not break the currently installed Pega 7.1.6 Exercise System.
  • Login to the virtual machine of the Pega 7.1.6 Exercise System using root and password.
  • The Pega 7.1.6 Exercise System, (build SAE1_716_VM_20160708), uses Ubuntu 12.04.1.

Pega 7.1.6 Exercise System SAE Course - Login to Ubuntu CLI

  • Use the Advanced Packet Tool (APT) and execute the below command to download the latest package information from all servers:
sudo apt-get update

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  • This process may take a few minutes, depending on the Internet connection speed.

  • After updating the package information cache, execute the below command to open the Ubunto Software Package Installation Utility:
sudo tasksel
  • The utility lists currently installed software packages and all available software packages for download.
  • For example, in the screen shot, the PostgreSQL database package is currently installed as it is part of the Pega 7.1.6 Exercise System.

Pega 7.1.6 Exercise System SAE Course - Ubuntu Software Package Installation Utility

  • Use the arrow keys to move up and down the list of software packages.
  • Select the package Ubuntu Desktop by pressing the Space key.

Pega 7.1.6 Exercise System SAE Course - Ubuntu Software Package Installation Utility - Select Ubuntu Desktop

  • Use the Tab key to navigate to the OK button at the bottom of the utility and hit Enter.

Pega 7.1.6 Exercise System SAE Course - Ubuntu Software Package Installation Utility - Start Ubuntu Desktop Installation

  • The package installer will show a progress bar. The whole installation process may take a while, depending on the Internet connection speed.

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  • Once the installation is completed, the installation utility will be closed and control is returned to the command line. Reboot the Ubuntu OS to apply the changes.
sudo reboot

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  • The virtual machine be restarted and when Ubuntu is launched, the Desktop GUI is launched by default instead of the command line interface.

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  • Ubuntu has the Firefox browser installed and it can be used to access the local Pega 7.1.6 Exercise System.

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