Students can now create a fully functional Moodle server from a template in XOA. By doing this they can gain valuable experience in setting up an Online Learning Platform. Moodle is offered as a cloud application by many providers and used by schools and colleges across the world, so this tutorial is worth a read!
We use Xen Orchestra as the web interface for students to create and manage VMs via our XCP-ng Pool in PJ Carrolls. The login is found at https://xoa.comp.dkit.ie and most students are familiar with this excellent resource. But what if a student wanted to mange their own pool of virtualisation servers in a Specialist Lab, running either XCP-ng or XenServer?
Up until now, students have had access to creating Virtual Machines (VMs) on the Dundalk Institute of Technology network via our Xen Orchestra Appliance (XOA) at http://xoa.comp.dkit.ie. But VMs in the real world are rapidly being replaced by “containers”, so it’s time to take things to a whole new level.
Ideally, you should use the “Quick Instances” and other VM templates provided by our Xen Orchestra Dashboard when creating virtual servers for your project. These have been optimised with tools and drivers designed to get the best performance from your virtual machine, and to access advanced features such as safe shutdown in the event of power outage. But what if your VM was built from scratch, can you still access these tools?
You can open a file for reading or writing using
Advanced Package Tool, or APT, is a free software user interface that works with core libraries to handle the installation and removal of software on Debian, Ubuntu and other Linux distributions. APT simplifies the process of managing software on Unix-like computer systems by automating the retrieval, configuration and installation of software packages, either from precompiled files or by compiling source code.
The Cloud Virtualisation Platform we have built at https://xoa.comp.dkit.ie is a fantastic resource, comparable to AWS, Digital Ocean etc but yet free and importantly, secure because it is inside the DkIT Firewall. However, this same security can prevent useful features most server can do easily, like sending email.
This tutorial details how to configure your virtual server in DkIT to send email via the Microsoft Outlook Mail Server (which is actually the other side of the firewall).