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Creating a Cloud CTF Environment


This KB article will guide you through the process of creating a Cloud CTF for your class, workshop, or conference. If you do not yet have an account with the Virginia Cyber Range, please see the article titled Getting an Instructor Account.

Create a Cloud CTF Environment

1. Login to the Exercise Area

Login to the Virginia Cyber Range Exercise Area. Please see the article titled How to Login to the Cyber Range for login assistance.

2. Add a Cloud CTF Environment to Your Course

  • After navigating to the Exercise Area, please click on the course you wish to add a Cloud CTF environment to. In the image below, we will be choosing the course, Cloud CTF, as our target.

The Exercise Area is shown, with two environments under the "Courses" section. The Cloud CTF element is located on the left.

  • You will then be taken to the course page where you can add exercise environments for your students. Please click on the "Add Exercise Environment" icon as shown in the image below.

The Add exercise environment icon is located in the top right, as the second icon from the left.

  • Next, please select the Cloud CTF environment from the exercise catalog list.

A dropdown window is shown, with a list of environments that can be chosen.

  • You will then be presented with a new window that allows you to edit the name, description, and lifespan (Start and End dates) of the exercise . Once you are finished modifying the exercise details, please click on "Confirm".

A window is shown with sections titled name, description, and availability. The confirm icon is located in the bottom-right of the window.

3. Launching Your Cloud CTF Environment

  • After you have successfully added a Cloud CTF exercise environment to your course, please select the environment.

The added Cloud CTF exercise environment will be shown at the bottom of the course homepage, under the section Exercise Environments.

  • You will then be taken to a page that allows you to edit or delete the exercise, and start the environment in your web browser. To start the CTF environment, please click on the "Join" button as shown in the image below.

The Join button is shown at the bottom of the screen, under the Creation section, which is below the Details header.

  • Cloud CTF will then be launched in a new tab of your browser.

The Cloud CTF environment start screen is shown, in a new tab.

What Next?

After you have successfully created a Cloud CTF environment by following the steps above, please see the article titled Adding and Removing Challenges.

Have a Question? Contact Support

If you experience any issues starting or viewing Cloud CTF in your web browser, please see the article titled Can't Launch Cloud CTF for helpful tips on resolving the matter.

We're here to help you. If you still have questions after reviewing the information above, please feel free to submit a ticket with our Support Team and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.