The first thing after I unboxed was to read the first few pages of the attached book. Familiarize myself with the components, attached Arduino Uno & the Breadboard to the wood sheet.
I run Windows Server 2012 R2 & do all my development using virtual machines on Hyper V. So, the first order of business was to just install the driver as I did not want to install any development tools on the server.
After connecting the USB cable to my primary machine, I downloaded the Arduino 1.5.6-r2 zip file. Selected the “Unknown Device” from “This PC –> Properties –> Device Manager” dialog and installed the driver using the arduino.inf found under the “drivers” folder of the zip.
Shared Arduino to my Win 8.1 Enterprise guest using RemoteFx USB redirection *:
Installed Arduino IDE (1.5.6-r2) & Visual Micro plug-in for Visual Studio 2013 & I was all set!
* Unfortunately, RemoteFx redirection isn’t available for Non-Windows clients. I had setup my Ubuntu VM too with the IDE. Had to abandon that as I couldn’t share the device with the VM.