Installation

The Scyld Cloud Workstation server can be installed as a Windows 7 or CentOS 6/7 service.

Required Files

Installation of Scyld Cloud Workstation requires the following files:

  • The Scyld Cloud Workstation installation package for your operating system:
    • CentOS 6 and 7: scyld-cloud-workstation-8.0.1-1.x86_64.rpm
    • Windows 7: Scyld Cloud Workstation-8.0.1.1.msi
  • The Scyld Cloud Workstation license file

If you wish to use a license server to centralize management of system licenses you will also require the Scyld FlexLM installation package and a license file (scyld-flexlm.lic).

CentOS 6 (RPM): Fresh Install

Download and install the latest NVIDIA GRID drivers for your OS: http://www.nvidia.com/download/index.aspx

Use the rpm command to install the Scyld Cloud Workstation RPM.

Important

Scyld Cloud Workstation includes a default private key, certificate file, username, and password that are not secure and should be changed. See Setup for more information once installation is complete.

The installer performs the following actions:

  • Scyld Cloud Workstation files are installed to /opt/scyld-cloud-workstation.
  • scyld-cloud-workstation.init is installed to /etc/init.d and has its security context changed to system_u:object_r:bin_t:s0.
  • A line of code is added to /etc/gdm/Init/Default that allows scyld-cloud-workstation to restart when the service is enabled by chkconfig and gdm restarts. To prevent scyld-cloud-workstation from starting when gdm starts, use the chkconfig command: chkconfig --del scyld-cloud-workstation.

The name of the RPM may be different depending on the version of Scyld Cloud Workstation.

Use the rpm -ivh command:

% sudo rpm -ivh scyld-cloud-workstation-8.0.1-1.x86_64.rpm

Follow the quickstart instructions that appear on the terminal and then proceed to: Flexera License Management.

CentOS 6 (RPM): Updating an Existing Install

If you are performing an update, use the rpm -Uvh command:

% sudo rpm -Uvh scyld-cloud-workstation-8.0.1-1.x86_64.rpm

The new RPM may include new settings that are not present in your existing XML config file. You must merge the settings found in scyld-cloud-workstation.xml.rpmnew into your existing scyld-cloud-workstation.xml file.

Attention

We recommend using the latest config file as a starting point and moving changes from your old config file into the new one.

Important

If you are updating over an existing Scyld Cloud Workstation installation, your old config file will be preserved. The new package may include an XML config file with newer / updated settings. Merge the new settings found in scyld-cloud-workstation.xml.rpmnew with the existing scyld-cloud-workstation.xml file.

Once this update is successful, proceed to: Flexera License Management.

Windows 7: Fresh Install

If you haven’t done so already, download and install the latest NVIDIA GRID driver for your OS from: http://www.nvidia.com/download/index.aspx

Note

For virt-manager users: virt-manager’s graphical console will no longer work after installing the NVIDIA GRID driver and restarting Windows.

To get the virt-manager graphical console to work again, start the Windows VM in ‘Safe Mode’ by restarting the VM, commanding it to “Force Off”, and restarting the VM again. Select “Safe Mode with Networking” from the menu that appears.

Double-click on the Scyld Cloud Workstation-8.0.1.1.msi installer. Follow the instructions in the GUI to complete installation. Hit “Cancel” at any time to abort. Confirm that you’d like to start Scyld Cloud Workstation as a service to have Scyld Cloud Workstation start automatically.

On some systems (such as those using virt-manager’s graphical console), a reboot may be required after installation to ensure that the NVIDIA GRID card is activated.

Scyld Cloud Workstation is intended to run automatically as a service in Windows. While it is possible to start it up as a normal application, Scyld Cloud Workstation must be run as a service in order to support:

  • Windows sign out and sign in
  • screensavers with passwords
  • Windows User Access Control

Once this update is successful, proceed to: Flexera License Management.

Windows 7: Updating an Existing Install

Double-click on the Scyld Cloud Workstation-8.0.1.1.msi installer. Follow the instructions in the GUI to complete installation. Hit “Cancel” at any time to abort. Confirm that you’d like to start Scyld Cloud Workstation as a service to have Scyld Cloud Workstation start automatically.

Attention

We recommend using the latest config file as a starting point and moving changes from your old config file into the new one.

Important

If you are updating over an existing Scyld Cloud Workstation installation, your old config file will be preserved. The new package may include an XML config file with newer / updated settings. Merge the new settings found in C:\Program Files\Penguin Computing\Scyld Cloud Workstation\Defaults\scyld-cloud-workstation.xml with the existing C:\Program Files\Penguin Computing\Scyld Cloud Workstation\scyld-cloud-workstation.xml file.

Once this update is successful, proceed to: Flexera License Management.

Client Installation

Install any of the following browsers:

  • Chrome 30+
  • Internet Explorer 11+
  • FireFox 27+
  • Safari 7+

Note

Chrome 30+ provides the best performance and is recommended.