Documentation of Installing an IDEA VirtualBox for VE11 from OVA

This post documents the installation of an IDEA VE11 virtual box on a mac as done on May 14th 2018

Big thanks to Andy for figuring out how this works


  • Here I start with a already built images of IDEA on windows vista and mars on Ubuntu. the images from FMRIF can be taken from IDEA_ve11c-mars.ova and IDEA_ve11c+vd13d+vd13a.ova
  • Virtual box software can be downloaded here.

Importing OVA images into virtual box

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Import with the “Import Appliance” button. Brows to the files and click “open”

This needs to be done for MARS and the Windows image.

Setting up network for MARS

Start mars in VitrualBox with a double click. It might take a while at the beginning with the following message. 20180514_111818.jpg

It gives up after a few minutes and you can login as root.

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Open the network file with
vi /etc/udev/rules.d/70-persistent-net.rules

It might look like the following:

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Remove the upper two lines and change the “eth1” to “eth0” and save it. You can remind yourself about the vi shortcuts here.

Then open the file /etc/network/interfaces with

vi /etc/network/interfaces

It might look like the following:

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remember this number because we will need it later for setting up windows.

Reboot  with


From now on the booting process should be much faster.

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Sidenote: In case the mouse is “trapped”, it can be released with the right command key.

Changing VirtualBox Networks settings of MARS

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Click sequence to change the VirtualBox network connection for MARS: 1.) select mars image, 2.) Settings, 3.) Network, 4.) Attached to, 5.) select Host-only Adapter and click ok.

Make sure that you select the Host-only adapter vboxnet0. In case it is not there you can manually create one by running the following command on the host

$ VBoxManage hostonlyif create

Reboot mars again.

Setting up Windows in Virtual box

Allowing virtual box to resize the screen.

In Virtual box, select the Windows image and go to Storage settings.

Setting up Windows network preferences

In the VirtualBox menu do the following:

  1. Select the Windows virtual box
  2. go to Settings
  3. Network
  4. Host-only Networks
  5. select vboxnet0
  6. click on the screwdriver

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6.) in “Adapter”, change the IP address to the address from mars.

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note the “65”

7.) in DHCP change the “65” too.

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8.) Include a second Network adapter

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See also comment from Alard Roebroeck below. Alard found out that in Virtual Box version 6, its not called “vboxnet0” aymore. Instead, it is called “Virtual Box Host-Only Ethernet Adapter”.

9.) Reboot

10.) check the network preferences in Windows:

At the end, IDEA needs to know the IP-address of MARS. If this is not set already. it can be done in the IDEA console with

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ExternalMars true -ip

Setting up shared folder

In the VirtualBox setting, select the virtual box and click on settings. Go the Shared folder and brows to the path of the folder, you want to have access to.

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After a reboot, it should be available as a separate drive:


Comment from Alard Roebroeck on Virtual Box 6

“So in Virtual Box 6 (I believe you use 5), the section ‘Setting up Windows network preferences’ works broadly similar, but different in details. Rather than needing to change the Network settings for the virtual machine, you need to change them (especially the ip address for the Host-Only adapter) in VirtualBox-> File -> Host Network Manager… . The host-only adapter is now called ‘Virtual Box Host-Only Ethernet Adapter’ (instead of vboxnet0). All else is pretty much the same, once you replace ‘vboxnet0’ with ‘Virtual Box Host-Only Ethernet Adapter’ in your instructions for the virtual machine network settings.”

Tips for compiling sequences:

  • Start as administrator  Screenshot 2019-04-02 at 12.03.35.png
  • The relevant CPP file is the one in the seq folder (not in the sub folder)
  • When copying a new sequence into the seq folder prepare it with regtarg (opposite of unregtarg) and confirm it twice with Y.
  • When you compiled the sequence, there should be a SEQUENCENAME.dll and file.
  • Put them both at the scanner (as Advances user) in /Medcom/MRICustomer/seq/
  • In Syngo you can import it:
    • View -> Dot Cockpit -> ProgramEditor -> Edit -> Default -> Default sequences
  • Note that the VE world does no longer have a clean command. Instead you could use the additonal flag clean or -rebuild with the mc/ms command. 

Installation of additional versions

There are at least four different VE12U versions of Terra platforms 

  • VE12U (standard Terra)
  • VE12U-AP01 (7T Plus or Terra -Fit, a Terra that was upgraded from a classical MAGENTOM 7T)
  • VE12U-SP01 (standard Terra with deuterium capabilities)
  • The Feinbergatron

If you have one version running, you can install additional version rather straightforwardly:

  1. RENAME your C:\MIDEA\N4_VE12U_LATEST_20181126 to C:\MIDEA\N4_VE12U_LATEST_20181126_original (or whatever). (comment on Feb 19th 2021: this seems to cause conflicts with SnapShotview,  prohibits communication with external mars. So you might need to sacrifice the previous old version).
  2. Mount the ISO and load readme.hta, (or better: execute the ideainstall.cmd with administrator privileges).
  3. Choose to install and pick the normal options, eg. we use “externalmars”.
  4. I then RENAME the newly created C:\MIDEA\N4_VE12U_LATEST_20181126 to C:\MIDEA\N4_VE12U_LATEST_20181126_SP01_pre so I don’t get confused (comment on Feb 19th 2021: this seems to cause conflicts with SnapShotview,  prohibits communication with external mars. So better leave the name).
  5. Then start IDEA.NET and you’ll have a choice of either version to start up.

The MARS should be unaffected and run with all versions. 

Compilation of ICE Functors on VE

  1. place all the necessary files in \n4\pkg\MrServers\MrVista\Ice\IceIdeaFunctors\IceYOURFUNCTOR. File might be: Makefile.imk, Makefile.trs, IceFUNCORNAMEConfigurator.cpp, IceFUNCORNAMEConfigurator.h, IceFUNCORNAMEFunctor.cpp, IceFUNCORNAMEFunctor.h, README, ObjectMap,
  2. in the terminal go to this folder, 
  3. type regtarg and confirm it twice with Y
  4. compile with mi
  5. compiled files are in \n4\x86\prod\bin (dll and evp) and \n4\linux\prod\lib (lib….so), and in C:\Users\CIND\AppData\Local\Temp. These filed contain,, IceFUCOTRNAME.dll, IceFUCOTRNAME.evp
  6. you need to place the files at the scanner on MriCustomer\ice\, (.evp, .dll, .so, .irp)

Note that VE11C ice binaries re not compatible with VE12U versions. However, different VE12u versions (native, AP01, SP01) seem to be binary compatible. 

Trouble shooting

  • IDEA Doctor sometimes can help to troubleshoot. “All Programs” -> “IDEA” -> “IDEA Doctor”.
  • If IDEA-Doctor has MARS or compilation related issues, VboxCtrl commands (e.g. -ReinstallVM, -InitUser, -Start/-Stop/-Restart) can be able to do the trick.

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