All the files on your VM disappear when the instance is deleted. Back up your work regularly to another computer. We generally don't delete VMs (until the end of the semester), but if you break your VM so that it no longer boots, we might be forced to delete it and build a new instance.
However, your VM has its own internal backups of your files in directory /backup, which should survive if you delete your VM.
In the steps below, replace linkblueid with your LinkBlue ID (in lower case) and password with your LinkBlue password. Your VM and your account on that machine are both named after your LinkBlue ID.
% ssh -Y firstname.lastname@example.orgAs you can see, your LinkBlue ID is both part of the VM name (after the @) and is your user name on the VM (before the @). If you are connecting from a Win32 machine, you can use putty instead of ssh. Using ssh or putty is much more efficient than using the console via a browser.
You have privilege to run sudo in your machine.
sudo apt-get updateYou can install other software by sudo apt-get package.
sudo apt-get upgrade
You have two new accounts, one on OpenStack and one on your VM.
You use your OpenStack account to access your VM's dashboard by browsing to http://dasher.cs.uky.edu/horizon and providing your LinkBlue credentials.
The name of your VM is linkblueid.cs.uky.edu, and your user name on your VM is linkblueid. You can access your VM via (1) the OpenStack dashboard console, (2) NoMachine (from practically any machine), (3) ssh (from a Mac or Unix machine), or (4) putty (from a Windows machine).