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How To Use VirtualBox – Complete Step by Step Tutorial

In the last few months, VirtualBox has become my favorite desktop visualization application. Aside from being cross platform and open source, it has opened up many creative solutions to problems that I could not tackle any other way.

  • Want to try out a new program, but don’t want to “contaminate” your clean computer?
  • Interested in trying your hand in some Linux distributions, but intimidated by formatting your machine?
  • What if you want to make a fully encrypted operating system that nobody else can access?
  • Maybe you run a Mac, but absolutely need to use a Windows based program.

All of these problems and more can be solved using VirtualBox. Virtualization can be a deep and complicated topic, but thankfully VirtualBox makes it relatively simple. In this tutorial, I am going to show you how to use VirtualBox to install the latest copy of Ubuntu, a free open-source operating system, but you can follow a similar procedure if you decide to use a different OS

Video Walkthrough

I’ve decided to supplement the instructions here with another video tutorial. It covers every step below, all in just over ten minutes. Give it a watch if you want to learn more about VirtualBox or get stuck somewhere along the way.

What Is VirtualBox?

For those not familiar with virtualization, lets take a few steps back. VirtualBox allows you to runpractically any operating system right inside your current OS. You don’t have to repartition your hard drive or set up dual-booting. When I install operating systems on physical machines, I typically do my best to maintain them, running regular updates, and keeping them free of spam, viruses, etc.VirtualBox LogoBut on a virtual machine, I don’t care nearly as much — the entire operating system isdisposable and easily replaceable if anything goes wrong. Lets cover some basic terminology before we continue.

  • Host – The operating system that you are currently running. My primary work machine is an iMac. When I run VirtualBox, my host operating system is Mac OS X Lion.
  • Guest – Whatever operating system that runs inside VirtualBox. You can have multiple guests running simultaneously inside a single host. For example, I can have a Windows XP guest running right alongside a Ubuntu guest, but there will only ever be one host.
  • VDI – Virtual Disk Image. The entire guest operating system is contained in this single file. VirtualBox maintains a couple of other files for the preferences of that virtual machine, but all the actual data is contained here. This has some powerful implications that I will discuss in a later post.
  • VM – Virtual Machine. A more generic name for VirtualBox instance.

 

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