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Tutorial: Setup and Configuration of a Virtual Machine in Virtual Box

Sep 25, 2009, 13:04 (0 Talkback[s])
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"To get started setting up a Virtual Machine, begin by opening VirtualBox. On the left side you'll see a large white column with four buttons over it. Click on "New". This will bring up a new windows. Click "Next". In this window you'll want to enter a name for the Virtual Machine. Typically this is the name of the OS you'll be using, however it doesn't necessarily have to be.

"For example, if you're simply testing Linux distributions, just name it "Linux Testing" or something that makes sense to you so you know what it is. Essentially the name is just there to make sure you know which is which if you have more than one Virtual Machine.

"Now, in the section below that text box, select the operating system and version you'll be using. For example, with Windows you'd choose "Microsoft Windows" and "Windows XP" respectively. Virtualbox 3.x can support Windows, Linux, Solaris, BSD and IBM OS/2 (yes, OS2. Kinda surprising, isn't it? hehe) natively, and there's an "other" category for other OS's that don't fall into one of those six categories."

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