I downloaded the file for the exercise system, but prpc.vmx is not available as explained in the quick start guide. The only available file to select from vmware is vApp-ML9.vmx. When I run this file, I am presented with the following, and am unable to access the exercise system:
Pega Academy Exercise Environment started 2015-11-04 at 13:46:28
Allow 3-4 minutes after starting before attempting to access pega
To access pega, open a browser of your choice and enter the URL:
Unfortuantely there was a change to the Customer Service image which does not correspond to the Quick Start Guide. It sounds like you have the VMWare image started. The VMWare image runs Ubuntu as the operating system and that is what you are seeing. You will communicate with this VMWare image through your web browser.
In order to login to Pega 7 and the Customer Service image you will need to open your browser and go to http://vapp:9080 this should direct you to the Pega 7 login page.
Sorry about that. There is an easy fix, if you open your VMWare player settings and change the Network Adapter from Custom to NAT and restart the VM everything will work as expected. The hostname might still be an issue but you'll be able to login using the IP address that is specified in the window.
There will be an updated VM image available early tomorrow. I'll let you know when it's active.