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Setting up your Computer with GENI Tools

Some of the tutorials will require you have a laptop that has:

  1. The Omni experimenter tool installed (Instructions)
  2. An ssh client (Instructions)
  3. Chrome and Firefox browsers
  4. Java 7.x

See instructions below.

1. Install Omni

Please make sure to install/upgrade to Omni 2.6

Download and install omni following the instructions at: (You do not have to configure Omni at this time. You will be given instructions at the conference.)

Test the installation

  1. Open a new terminal window (or command prompt in windows (Start menu -> Programs -> Accessories -> Command Prompt)) and type
           omni --version
    If omni prints out its version number, you are all set!

2. SSH Client

Mac OS X/Linux

Mac OS X and Linux come with an ssh client you can run from a Terminal window. You do not need to install anything. Proceed to the Test SSH with Keys section below.


[recommended] FireSSH is a javascript based ssh client that runs in your browser:

Another option is BitVise:

Git For Windows supports ssh and has a git bash emulator:

Note: If you are using the Putty ssh client, you will need puttygen to convert the private keys used by GENI to Putty's format.

Test SSH with keys

You should have received a copy of an SSH private key by email.

To test your setup you will need these information:

  • username: sshtest
  • hostname:
  • port: 30778
  • passphrase for private key: v3rify

Mac OS X/Linux/Cygwin : Follow these instructions. If you see a prompt [sshtest@my-node ~]$ you are all set!
Windows : Follow these instructions. If you see a prompt [sshtest@my-node ~]$ you are all set!

3. Install Chrome and Firefox browsers

  1. Chrome: Google Chrome
  2. Firefox: Firefox.

4. Install and test Java 7.x installation

You must have Java 7.xx installed. Version 8.x will not work.

  1. Windows: Install from
  2. Mac OS: Install from
  3. Linux: Install from

Test your installation:

  1. Use Firefox to go to
  2. Click on the green button labeled "Quickstart jFed experimenter tool".
  3. If your Java setup is correct, a window will pop up that looks like:

You are done with the Java setup. You can close the window.

Mac users: If the above window does not pop-up, see the instructions at

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