Cloud

Run neurodesktop using Oracle or Azure cloud computing

Minimum System Requirements

  1. At least 3GB free space for neurodesktop base image
  2. Docker requirements. Details found under https://docs.docker.com/get-docker/

Quickstart

1. Connect to cloud server

On the computer from which you want to access Neurodesktop, open an SSH connection to your cloud instance with port forwarding (USER should be substituted with a username that has admin privileges on the cloud instance, and IP should be substituted with the IP address of the cloud instance)

ssh -L 8080:127.0.0.1:8080 USER@IP

2. Install Docker

Install Docker on the cloud instance from here: https://docs.docker.com/get-docker/. Additional information available here: https://www.neurodesk.org/docs/neurodesktop/getting-started/linux/#installing-docker

3. Run Neurodesktop

Create a local folder ~/neurodesktop-storage on the cloud instance to store persistent data (data that will not disappear if neurodesktop is stopped)

Option 1: NeuroDesktop.run

Download and run the following executable on the cloud instance https://github.com/NeuroDesk/neurodesktop/raw/main/Linux_run_Neurodesk/NeuroDesktop.run

Option 2: Using Terminal

  1. Open a terminal on the cloud instance, and type the folowing command to automatically download the neurodesktop container and run it
sudo docker run \
  --shm-size=1gb -it --privileged --name neurodesktop \
  -v ~/neurodesktop-storage:/neurodesktop-storage \
  -e HOST_UID="$(id -u)" -e HOST_GID="$(id -g)"\
  -p 8080:8080 \
  -h neurodesktop-20220701 vnmd/neurodesktop:20220701
  1. Once neurodesktop is downloaded to the cloud instance (guacd[77]: INFO: Listening on host 127.0.0.1, port 4822 is displayed in terminal), leave the terminal open and neurodesktop running (i.e., do not press CTRL+C)
  1. If it is required to set up an SSH tunnel to access the cloud instance, please set up such a tunnel from the computer from which you want to access Neurodesktop (e.g. ssh -L 8080:127.0.0.1:8080 USER@IP)

  2. Open a browser on the computer from which you want to access Neurodesktop, and go to:

http://localhost:8080/#/?username=user&password=password

If the computer runs Linux, check specific instructions at https://www.neurodesk.org/docs/neurodesktop/getting-started/linux/, Option 2, Step 3.

  1. Press on “Desktop Auto-Resolution” under “ALL CONNECTIONS”

  2. If it is the first time you use Neruodesktop, wait until the desktop appears (it may take a few seconds). Otherwise, it should appear instantaneously.

  3. Neurodesk is ready to use! Click “What’s next?” on the left of this page for further instructions.

  4. For an optimal experience, switch your browser to full-screen mode by following the instructions for your browser here (except Mac where full-screen mode is built-in): https://www.thewindowsclub.com/open-chrome-edge-or-firefox-browser-in-full-screen-mode

Deleting neurodesktop:

When done processing your data it is important to stop and remove the container - otherwise the next start or container update will give an error ("… The container name “/neurodesktop” is already in use…")

  1. Click on the terminal from which you ran neurodesktop

  2. Press Ctrl-C

  3. Run:

sudo docker stop neurodesktop && sudo docker rm neurodesktop

Portforwarding to an iOS ipad

You can also connect to this cloud instance from your iOS device :) For this install https://webssh.net/documentation/help/networking/port-forwarding/ and create a tunnel (the tool is free for one connection). Start the docker container in a screen session and then connect to it from your ios device in the browser.

Cloud-provider specific Tutorials

Cloud providerlink
Oraclehttps://mri.sbollmann.net/index.php/2020/12/08/run-neurodesk-on-oracle-cloud-free-tier/
Azurehttps://henryjburg.medium.com/neurodesk-running-on-azure-3e38c590a152

Using an RDP Client

Open an SSH connection to your cloud instance with the following command

ssh -L 3390:127.0.0.1:3390 USER@IP

Startup Neurodesktop using the following command:

sudo docker run \
  --shm-size=1gb -it --privileged --name neurodesktop \
  -v ~/neurodesktop-storage:/neurodesktop-storage \
  -e HOST_UID="$(id -u)" -e HOST_GID="$(id -g)"\
  -p 8080:8080 -p 3390:3389 \
  -h neurodesktop-20220701 vnmd/neurodesktop:20220701

Open your RDP client and connect to Computer localhost:3390

Use the following details to login if prompted

username: user
password: password

Using VNC

To enable VNC and disable RDP, startup Neurodesktop using the following command:

sudo docker run \
  --shm-size=1gb -it --privileged --name neurodesktop \
  -v ~/neurodesktop-storage:/neurodesktop-storage \
  -e HOST_UID="$(id -u)" -e HOST_GID="$(id -g)"\
  -p 8080:8080 \
  -h neurodesktop-20220701 vnmd/neurodesktop:20220701 --vnc

To enable both VNC and RDP, startup Neurodesktop using the following command:

sudo docker run \
  --shm-size=1gb -it --privileged --name neurodesktop \
  -v ~/neurodesktop-storage:/neurodesktop-storage \
  -e HOST_UID="$(id -u)" -e HOST_GID="$(id -g)"\
  -p 8080:8080 \
  -h neurodesktop-20220701 vnmd/neurodesktop:20220701 --vnc --rdp

Using a VNC Client

Startup Neurodesktop using the following command:

sudo docker run \
  --shm-size=1gb -it --privileged --name neurodesktop \
  -v ~/neurodesktop-storage:/neurodesktop-storage \
  -e HOST_UID="$(id -u)" -e HOST_GID="$(id -g)"\
  -p 8080:8080 -p 5901:5901 \
  -h neurodesktop-20220701 vnmd/neurodesktop:20220701 --vnc

Open a VNC Client and connect to port 5901

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