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I've used VirtualBox on a mac server, to run Ubuntu server instances, and I've liked it.

However I have a little bit of difficulty, because VirtualBox seems to be a GUI thing, so I SVN into my mac server, and use the GUI to run it, It would be great if I could somehow run an ubuntu (server) instance, from shell when I SSH into it.

I'm looking for a simple way I don't want to get too much into advanced virtualization tools/methods, something like VirtualBox or VirtualBox itself would be great.

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It is possible to do this VirtualBox using VBoxManage. This should be included by default on any VirtualBox install.

VBoxManage startvm NAME --type=headless

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You can use phpvirtualbox as a web based front-end to VirtualBox.

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