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Nectar Research Cloud

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017 from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm (AEST)

Nectar Research Cloud

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A DIGITAL RESEARCH INITIATIVE - A collaboration between the Office of the DVC(R), ICT and the Library, La Trobe’s Digital Research Strategy aims to provide a world-class digital research environment to enable and accelerate new research outcomes through the engagement of researchers with advanced and emerging information and computing technologies and appropriate support services. 


This course starts with a brief introduction to cloud computing and an overview of the Nectar Research Cloud. The introduction will be followed by hands-on instructions on how to launch an instance on the Cloud and connect to it. Two ways to connect are going to be presented: (a) with the command line (ssh) and (b) to a remote desktop. After having connected, this module will discuss first configurations necessary (e.g. update system) and then go on to instructions on how to set up the storage so it can be accessed from the instance and remotely from the office computer. This workshop is presented by our partners, Intersect Australia Limited.

Course content:

  • Brief into to cloud computing and Nectar services

  • Register on the Dashboard

  • Creating SSH Keys

  • Launching an instance

  • Connecting via ssh

  • Installing and connecting to a remote desktop

  • Running graphical interfaces via the SSH shell

  • Installing a web server and creating a first simple website

  • Managing storage Instructions for some troubleshooting

    • Format and mount secondary ephemeral drive and volumes

    • Access the object store via the Dashboard and via other clients

    • Copying files across using FTP or scp

  • Instructions for some troubleshooting


Instructions in this Module cover Linux, Mac OSX and Windows systems. No software needs to be installed in advance, all of this is covered in the exercises.


To find out what cloud computing is, how it works, how it can benefit your research and what types of services Nectar offers. You will learn how to run your first instance on the cloud, with volume storage attached, and know how to effectively use the object storage and how to copy files between your local computer and the Nectar storage types.


Researchers and research students who are not sure what cloud computing is and whether they may benefit from using the Nectar services for their research. Users who want to get some hands-on experience.

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HS3 402
La Trobe University
Melbourne, VIC 3086

Tuesday, 18 July 2017 from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm (AEST)

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Digital Research Team

La Trobe's Digital Research Strategy aims to:

  • Enable researchers to actively engage with information and computing technologies
  • Develop Digital Research expertise among researchers within the University
  • Proactively enhance institutional research capabilities
  • Maximise the use and enable proper management and curation of research data
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