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Getting Started

There are several activities involved in getting your own copy of the OntoPortal Virtual Appliance up and running with a registered license:

  • Obtaining the Appliance (by downloading or deploying it)
  • Initial startup, including installation and configuration steps
  • Registration process, including
    • Submission of Appliance ID
    • Validation of your Appliance by entering the license certificate

The first step is covered below, with subsequent steps in following pages.

After the OntoPortal operations team has approved your completed registration, you will have access to your license certificate. Copy this certificate and paste it into your Appliance in order to complete the installation process.

Obtaining the OntoPortal Virtual Appliance

The OntoPortal Virtual Appliance is available in a VMWare-compatible Open Virtual Appliance (OVA), or as an Amazon Machine Instance (AMI) from Amazon Web Services (AWS). Each of the methods is described below.

VMWare Version

To obtain the Appliance in an Open Virtual Appliance (OVA), you will need a BioPortal account. If you don’t have a BioPortal account, you can create one.

Once you have your BioPortal account, log in to BioPortal and then visit the Virtual Appliance page. You will see the download on this page.

The OntoPortal Virtual Appliance OVA file can be deployed directly into your Virtualization Platform.

Amazon AWS AMI

For users who want to run their OntoPortal instance on Amazon Web Service cloud, an Amazon Machine Instance (AMI) is available on the OntoPortal Alliance AWS Market Place. (Our licensing approach for using this service is the same as for the VMWare Version.)

Next steps

After installing a Virtual Appliance following the above steps, proceed to the Initial Installation step.

You may also wish to begin registering your Appliance, as described in the Registration Process step.