NEST LIVE MEDIA Installation

Download and install a virtual machine if you do not already have one installed.


Although, the following instructions are for Virtual Box, you can use a different virtual machine, such as VMWare.

For Linux users, it is possible to install Virtual Box from the package repositories.


sudo apt-get install virtualbox


sudo dnf install virtualbox


sudo zypper install virtualbox

Windows users can follow instructions on the website (see above).

NEST image setup

  • Download the NEST live medium

  • Start Virtual Box and import the virtual machine image “lubuntu-16.04_nest-2.XX.0.ova” (File > Import Appliance)

  • Once imported, you can run the NEST image

  • The user password is nest.


  • For better performance you can increase the memory for the machine Settings > System > Base Memory

  • To allow fullscreen mode of the virtual machine you also need to increase the video memory above 16MB. (Settings > Display > Video Memory)

  • If you need to share folders between the virtual machine and your regular desktop environment, click on Settings. Choose Shared Folder and add the folder you wish to share. Make sure to mark automount.

  • To install Guest Additions, select Devices > Insert Guest Additions CD image… (top left of the VirtualBox Window). Then, open a terminal (Ctrl+Alt+t), go to “/media/nest/VBOXADDITIONS…/” and run “sudo bash”.

  • To set the correct language layout for your keyboard (e.g., from “US” to “DE”), you can use the program “lxkeymap”, which you start by typing “lxkeymap” in the terminal.