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Installing Virtual Box Virtual Machine

This is Part 1 of the ATOR Relay Education Series.
Hello and welcome to the first part in the Ator Relay Education Series. This tutorial will guide you through the steps in creating an environment for your relay.
Whether you are running Windows, or MacOS, a virtual machine will allow you to run a Linux based distribution, aiding in the process of relay configuration.
For a more detailed guide, there will be a YouTube link at the end of this article, as well as a link to the ATOR discord server where the team, or other relay operators will be happy to assist you if you run into any issues!
This tutorial requires connection to the internet as well as a machine with at least 25GB of free storage and 1GB of memory. All tutorials are done on a Windows machine running Windows 10 operating system, however, the software is available on most operating systems including Windows, MacOS, and Linux.
An imagined image of an ATOR node

Step 1: Download VirtualBox

First, you need to download VirtualBox from the official website based on your operating system. VirtualBox supports Windows, macOS, Linux.
Download tab on the Virtual Box website

Step 2: Install VirtualBox

Once the VirtualBox installer is downloaded, run the installer and follow the on-screen instructions to install VirtualBox on your computer. The installation process may vary depending on your operating system, but it’s generally straightforward. Be sure to read and accept the license agreement during the installation process.
Virtual Box installer opening after installation

Step 3: Launch VirtualBox

After the installation is complete, launch VirtualBox. You should see the VirtualBox Manager window, which is the main interface for managing your virtual machines.
Virtual Box application interface

You did it! 🎉

Thanks for following along! For a more detailed explanation, feel free to check out the YouTube video in the links below!
If you run into any issues in the process, please feel free to reach out in the ATOR discord server where a team member or a member of the community will be happy to lend you a hand!
Thanks for following along, and I’ll see you in the next tutorial!