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Virtual DICE users can update their virtual machine's configuration (so that it more closely matches current DICE configuration) using the command update-vdice. To keep a Virtual DICE VM up to date, its software should be updated once a week.

It can be used in two ways. Both ways require the host machine to be connected to the network and inside the Informatics firewall. To achieve this either use an Informatics network port or run OpenVPN (in this case be sure not to use the University VPN which is different and which will not help here - see Virtual Private Networks for an explanation).

To update the virtual machine's automated configuration and update the installed software base to match that currently in use on DICE desktops, type:

update-vdice --software

Remember that certain commercial software is excluded, as mentioned on the introduction page.

Warning: If you have installed any software RPM packages on the VM using yum or rpm or some other method, they will be deleted by update-vdice --software unless they are part of the standard Virtual DICE software set.

To update the virtual machine's automated configuration, but not the software, type:


This option would be suitable if you had installed some software on the virtual machine - see the warning above.

The Support, Releases and Maintenance page has more on maintaining a Virtual DICE VM.

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