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Creating a Big Blue Button Virtual Machine


  • You have a Linux 20.04 VM that had root enabled and available for login.
  • The VM is able to have the minimum specs required for Big Blue Button.


  1. You have an email available to use for Big Blue Button
  2. You have a subdomain available to use for Big Blue Button

1.1 Starting Off

  • Log in with root by hitting the not listed icon and inserting root in the username field then enter the password. After logging in, you will want to navigate to the following website:
  • (Note: The following steps are optional, however, every time that something went wrong with the installation I had not done these.) You will want to do the following pre-installation steps to check the requirements:
    • In terminal, use the following commands:
      • cat /etc/default/locale
      • systemctl show-environment
      • free -h
      • uname -m
      • ip addr |grep inet6
      • uname -r
      • grep -c ^processor /proc/cpuinfo
      • ufw allow 80
      • ufw allow 443                             
    • The responses you should get are as follows:
      • LANG=”en_US.UTF-8″
      • LANG=”en_US.UTF-8″ PATH=/usr/local/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/bin:/sbin:/bin
      • total used free shared buff/cache available
        Mem: 15G 3.1G 1.0G 305M 11G 12G
        Swap: 0B 0B 0B
      • X86_64
      • inet6 :: 1/128 scope host
      • 5.4.x-xx-generic (Note mine did not exactly match this and it still worked.)
      • 8

1.2 Installation

  1. Download the script from the following website:
  2. Enter cd ~/Downloads into terminal. (This changes the active directory to the Downloads folder)
  3. Next, you want to make the script executable use this command: chmod +x
  4. This command runs the script: ./
  5. You should see a bunch of information regarding the script pop up.
  6. We are then going to navigate back to the website that you downloaded the script from and go to the page titled “READ ME”                     
  7. Located in the README document is the command for installing Big Blue Button, along with Greenlight. Scroll down until you see the heading titled “Installing on a Private Network”.
  8. Right above that heading, there is a command that is available to copy, copy this command and paste it into terminal.
  9. Once pasted, delete the “[options]” part and instead put in “-g”. This is to install greenlight along with Big Blue Button. You will also need to enter that email and domain that I mentioned earlier. 
  10. Once pasted, click enter and it will run the command, it will take a little while to install everything.
  11. Once done, you should see a link to the domain that you entered into the command, click on it and if you see the following screen, you have successfully installed Big Blue Button.
  12. If using with Moodle, you will need to obtain the “Secret” along with the domain. You will obtain both of these using the following command: bbb-conf –secret.

2TB M.2 PCI Drive-Samsung 980 Pro Review


This SSD is a huge step in the advancement of hard drives. It is extremely fast, holds 2TB of data, and lasts a long time. The SSD has a dynamic buffer, which is what allows it to go as fast as it does and last so long. It uses this SLC buffer to put it further ahead of the competition.  The specs are as follows:

  • Size: 2TB
  • M.2 2280 M Key 
  • Reads up to 7000 MB/s 
  • Writes up to 5100 MB/s 
  • It has a dynamic buffer, meaning it adjusts to the size based on workload. 
  • 1,200 TBW (Terabytes Written Before Failure)
  • 5 Year Limited Warranty
  • IOPS: 1 Million
  • TLC
  • Although it may not last as long, it makes up for it by having 2TB, which means overall you will likely not use as much. 
  • 7,000 MB/s Transfer Speed

This is a great buy if you are looking for something high speed and carrying a lot of data. Personally, I have always gone for Samsung hard drives, it just feels more compatible with everything in my computer. Not to mention a ton of other hard drive creators are terrible at customer service. Overall review: 10/10, a great buy for your PC (especially if you are going to be playing games, things load uber fast!)


Note: this review is part of a classroom project.


HyperX 32GB 2666 Predator Review

Overall, HyperX is a very consistent brand, they make keyboards, headsets, and ram. Personally, I have one of the headsets and two sticks of RAM. The RAM I have is the Predator 32GB 2666. There is consistent quality throughout all of their products, I am very impressed by everything that they have made. The RAM, having the following specs:


Dual Channel

CAS Latency: 13

Voltage: 1.35

works very well. The individual sticks are each 16GB, which add up to 32 for 2. Here is a picture:

HyperX Predator Black 32GB 2666MHz DDR4 CL13 DIMM (Kit of 2) XMP (HX426C13PB3K2/32) at

This RAM makes my PC run very smoothly, just make sure your motherboard has the proper specs to support the RAM!

Works Cited:

Note: This is part of a classroom project.

AMD Ryzen 1600 AMD Ryzen 5 1600 Processor with Wraith Spire Cooler  (YD1600BBAEBOX): Computers & Accessories

This CPU is more of an all around type of CPU. It is not very expensive, and it has the minimum requirements for being a gamer CPU. However, I believe that it would be best used as a business CPU. It is not very expensive, and it has fairly good specs for a business CPU.

Clock Speed: 3.2GHz- Max Turbo 3.6GHz
CPU L1 Cache: 576KB
CPU L2 Cache: 3MB
CPU L3 Cache: 16MB
Socket Type: AM4
6 Cores 12 Threads
CPU rating on passmark: 10,401
$201 (Newegg)

Overall, my review for this CPU would be a 9/10. It has exceptional value for the price it is listed at, but the one flaw I found with it is that it is an older CPU, so there are likely better CPU’s that you could buy for this price. Installation and everything went on without a hitch. The CPU runs great, and everything feels smooth. Not a lot of problems with the CPU, it is a reliable choice, and I would definitely recommend it.

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Note: This review is part of a classroom project.

ASUS TUF B450-Plus Motherboard Review

This motherboard is a very good starting motherboard, and is really easy to build off of. I personally do not have many bad things to say about this motherboard, it has good aesthetic, and is a really good motherboard for the price it is listed at ($109.99) on Newegg.

Some of the specs include: AM4 Socket

4 RAM Slots

6 SATA Connectors 

LAN: 10/100/1000 MBPS

List of all specs here

Everything about the motherboard aesthetically works just fine, the RGB looks nice, the motherboard itself looks clean, really nothing to complain about there. 

One thing I will say about the motherboard, it is pretty old, so newer CPU’s will not be compatible with it. If you are looking for a computer to play games on, I would go with a newer motherboard. However, if you are looking for a motherboard to start out at, this one works great!  

Note:  This review is part of a classroom project.