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VBoxHeadless - Running Virtual Machines With VirtualBox 3.1 On A Headless Ubuntu

Feb 02, 2010, 22:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Falko Timme)

[ Thanks to Falko Timme for this link. ]

"This guide explains how you can run virtual machines with Sun VirtualBox 3.1 on a headless Ubuntu 9.10 server. Normally you use the VirtualBox GUI to manage your virtual machines, but a server does not have a desktop environment. Fortunately, VirtualBox comes with a tool called VBoxHeadless that allows you to connect to the virtual machines over a remote desktop connection, so there's no need for the VirtualBox GUI.

"1 Preliminary Note

"I have tested this on an Ubuntu 9.10 server (host system) with the IP address 192.168.0.100 where I'm logged in as a normal user (user name administrator in this example) instead of as root.

"2 Installing VirtualBox

"To install VirtualBox 3.1 on our Ubuntu 9.10 server, we open /etc/apt/sources.list...

sudo vi /etc/apt/sources.list

"... and add the following line to it:"

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