14-18 June 2021
Online event
Europe/Zurich timezone

Desktop/laptop system configuration

During the school you will be required to use your own computer system to run the exercises. You will need to install Zoom, Oracle VM VirtualBox and load the school's Virtual Machine.

Minimum Requirements

Here are the the minimum requirements for your system:

  • A 64-bit CPU that supports 64-bit virtualization technology
    (please check that it is enabled in your system BIOS)
  • Minimum 4 GB of RAM
  • Minimum 20 GB of available disk space
  • Oracle VM VirtualBox installation
  • Zoom client installation
  • Audio headset with microphone
    (or microphone and speakers)
  • Camera (webcam)
  • Good Internet connection

Frequently Asked Questions

The following frequently asked questions (FAQ) will give you all the information you need. Read them carefully and if you still have questions please contact CSC technical manager.


Can I use Zoom web client instead of Zoom desktop client?

Please use the Zoom desktop client - the web client does not provide all features required for interactive participation in the school.

How do I install Oracle VM VirtualBox?

Download the latest version of VirtualBox for your platform (Windows, OS X, Linux, etc) and install it as any other package.

You might also want to download and install the cross-platform Oracle VM VirtualBox Extension Pack that offers the features listed here, after making sure you have read and agreed to the VirtualBox Personal Use and Evaluation License (PUEL).

If you already have an older version of VirtualBox installed the school's Virtual Machine should still work, but be sure to upgrade or downgrade appropriately if you run into problems. The school's Virtual Machine essentially uses the Open Virtualization Format, theoretically supported by most desktop virtualization software, but it is strongly suggested to use VirtualBox.

How do I download the school's Virtual Machine?

The school's Virtual Machine (.ova file), installation and configuration instructions will be made available before the school starts.

Other questions

For any other questions please contact CSC technical manager or ask them directly during the school.