If you’re looking to get up and running with Hadoop and Big Data, the BigInsights Quick Start Edition is a great place to start. The VM image includes BigInsights installed on a SUSE Linux operating system with Eclipse development tooling for building and deploying analytic applications. Additionally, the desktop contains shortcuts to start BigInsights, access the Web Console, and various links to helpful resources.

After BigInsights has been started, you can access the Web Console by double-clicking the Web Console icon that is located on the desktop. Optionally, you can access and use the Web Console from your host system. Start by identifying the IP address of the VM. An easy way to find it is to open a terminal and enter cat /etc/hosts:


After you have determined your IP address, enter it into a web browser on your local host system followed by :8080. This will take you directly to the Web Console login page.


You can also access the Web Console using the host name. If you’re using Windows, open the c:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts file.
Add a new line containing the VM IP address and host name: hostname


After you’ve saved the c:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts file, open a local browser and enter the hostname followed by :8080 to enter the BigInsights login screen. You can follow the same instructions if you are using a Mac or Linux system. Mac users will find the hosts file in /private/etc/hosts and Linux users will find it in /etc/hosts.

Look for a Tip of the week in the future that shows you how to setup a remote development environment using Eclipse on your host system.

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