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I guess this is called Virtualization inside a virtualizer (correct me if I`m wrong).

On my research I found that you need to install on the hardware server of Virtuozzo the option:


Is it possible to run VirtualBox in a Virtuozzo VE --preferably without adding modules on the hardware node?

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Short answer: No

Long answer: The "Virtualization inside a virtualizer" is called on several google result as "nested virtualization" if you search more reference.

From virtual box documentation(

VirtualBox uses a special kernel module called vboxdrv to perform physical memory allocation and to gain control of the processor for guest system execution. Without this kernel module, you can still use the VirtualBox manager to configure virtual machines, but they will not start. In addition, there are the network kernel modules vboxnetflt and vboxnetadp which are required for the more advanced networking features of VirtualBox.

In order to use Virtualbox you need to load the vboxdrv, in a Virtuozzo container you can't modify any kernel configuration because the kernel is shared between all the container of the same physical machine.

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VirtualBox compatibility - according to this post it`s possible. – pl1nk May 31 '12 at 9:22
@pl1nk The reference you quoted explicitly states that you would need to change the hardware node - the OP explicitly asked for a possibility without modifying the hardware node. It also has a lot of people writing that they had difficulties getting it to work. – the-wabbit May 31 '12 at 9:48
@syneticon-dj I don't disagree however the reference is from January of 2009. It's hard to believe that there are no advancements since ~ 3 years. – pl1nk May 31 '12 at 9:54

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