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Using the iHub, Trial Edition VMware Image

OpenText Actuate Information Hub (iHub), Trial Edition is a free evaluation version of OpenText’s enterprise-grade data visualization server that you can download and use to bring your report designs and applications to life. This blog will walk you through the process of installing the software on a VMware instance so you can begin your iHub projects and application deployment.


Download iHub, Trial using the icon above.

After the download is complete, unzip the file to the location of your choice.

If you don’t have VMware Player, now is a good time to download it.

Launch your VMware Player.

Step 01 -- VMPlayer

Click on “Open a Virtual Machine”.

Step 02 -- Click

Navigate to where you unzipped your download to and select your ActuateBIRTiHubTrialEdition.vmx file. You should now see the Actuate BIRT iHub, Trial Edition virtual machine in your VMware Player.

Step 03 -- Select

Now, select Play Virtual Machine.

Step 04 -- Play

The virtual machine will now start up. The operating system on the VM is a Linux one, specifically CentOS 6.6.  Once the virtual machine has loaded, you’ll see this screen.

Step 05 -- Ready 6.6

Don’t worry about the login. You won’t need to do anything with that. Your virtual machine is now up and running. Above the login, you’ll see a URL to access your BIRT iHub, Trial Edition. Enter that URL into your browser’s address bar on your host machine and hit enter.

If you do not see an IP address, in the welcome message, please see the Network Troubleshooting information later in this post.

Step XX1 -- Login Screen

The user name is “administrator” and the password is blank for your first log in. You’ll be able to change this once logged in. Hit “Log In” and you’re done.

There are numerous examples and applications located throughout the /Applications and /Public directories in the iHub.

Step XX3 -- Volume Examples

The number of days left in your trial is indicated in the upper right-hand corner.



If your virtual machine does not start up with an IP address using the default configuration, try changing the virtual machine’s network connection setting to “NAT” or “Host-only”.

  1. Stop the VM via the menu Player > Power > Shut Down Guest.

Step ZZ1 -- Shutdown

  1. Launch VM Player. Select “Actuate BIRTiHubTrialEdition” and click on the “Edit virtual machine settings”
  2. Change the Hardware > Network Adapter > Network connection setting from “Bridged: Connected directly to the physical network” to “NAT” as shown below.
  3. Click OK
  4. Click on “Play virtual machine”
  5. Now the virtual machine should start up with a URL with an IP address

Shell access

There are two users set up on the image. The second user is the user that installed BIRT iHub.

  • User 1

° root
° password

  • User 2

° birt
° password

Thanks for reading. Now, it’s time to unleash the full power of Analytics into your application. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to use the comments section below or visit the Working with  iHub forum.

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Clement Wong

Clement is in the OpenText Analytics team.

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