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Creating a virtual machine in VirtualBox from a physical one

Is there any way to create a virtual machine that you can use in VirtualBox from a physical installation that you have? For instance, if I have Windows XP installed on a physical computer and want to ...
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Disable caching when serving static files with Nginx (for development)

We are using Nginx to serve static files on a development platform. As it is a development platform, we'd like to disable caching so that each change is propagated to the server. The configuration of ...
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Vagrant / virtualbox DNS 10.0.2.3 not working

This is a follow on to my previous question Vagrant Getting Started gives getaddrinfo: Temporary failure in name resolution. I am running a fresh install of Linux Mint Nadia (14). I am following the ...
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How to increase the size of a VirtualBox Disk Image

I had created a Windows XP image disk. It is of 5 GB, but I would like to know if there is any simple way to increase the size to 20 GB.
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Vagrant set default share permissions

When running a vagrant instance the project folder is mounted on /vagrant automatically. However is mounted with the following permissions # ll -d /vagrant drwx------ 1 vagrant vagrant 612 Jun 13 ...
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ia32-libs : Depends: ia32-libs-i386 but it is not installable

I am trying to install ia32-libs (a dependency to build the VirtualBox sources) on my Debian x86_64 box, however it's giving me the error: The following packages have unmet dependencies: ia32-libs : ...
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Why should I enable IO APIC in VirtualBox?

What are the advantages of checking the "Enable IO APIC" option in VirtualBox? While I can't find any information on advantages when I google it, two disadvantages are clear. First, it can break ...
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Is a 64 or 32-bit VirtualBox guest better on a 64-bit host?

On a 64 bit Windows7 machine will I get better VirtualBox guest performance running 32-bit or 64-bit Debian? I want to run the guest as a LAMP server.
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What are the benefits of “enterprise-level” virtualization?

For a company with modest virtualization needs - VirtualBox is currently doing fine at hosting a few light servers - what would some of the benefits be of moving to a more robust platform? I'm ...
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How can I get the Bridged IP address of a VirtualBox VM running in headless mode?

I have VirtualBox set up on a server. It was set up as a Bridged VM, and has an IP address. It's now running in headless mode, started with "VBoxHeadless -s PuppetMaster". How can I find out what ...
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Booting a native Windows install in Virtualbox: is it possible?

I am looking for something similiar to Bootcamp. Currently, I run Ubuntu Maveric as my primary operating system and run Windows 7 in Virtualbox. For some tasks, however, running Windows virtualized ...
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Howto boot directly into a VirtualBox image?

I have a running setup as following: Native OS: Windows 7 64bit, 3 Partitions: c: (System) d: (FAT32, here is my vdi file) e: (unformatted) VirtualBox: Fedora 14 running off the vdi file on drive ...
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How to run VBoxManage.exe? [closed]

The file is located in Program Files/Oracle/VirtualBox/VBoxManage.exe and is used as a command-line interface with VirtualBox. I'm using it to convert the .vdi image to a .vdmk (for VMware). ...
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Virtualbox booting from a real drive?

I'm about to take the plunge and install Win7 RC1 on my desktop machine. However I want to preserve access to my old HDD with XP on it. I don't really want to use full dual-boot since that would ...
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VirtualBox: How to set up networking so both host and guest can access internet and talk to each other

I was wondering if someone could give me a simple guide on how to set up virtual networking in VirtualBox (4.0.2) so that the following scenarios work: Both Host and Guest can access Internet Host ...
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How can I run the Ubuntu EC2 AMI images locally?

I've downloaded the Amazon Ubuntu EC2 AMI images (from http://uec-images.ubuntu.com/releases/10.04/release/) and I am trying to run it locally on my linux desktop. Is it possible to run the AMI using ...
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Is virtualbox good for live server virtualization

I used virtual box before to test OS installation on my own personal computer. I'm not sure if it's suitable for actual virtualization on live servers. I mostly hear about Xen for that. Is virtualbox ...
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VirtualBox cloned Ubuntu Server network error

I run a number of virtual servers on my network and I want to be able to easily clone base installations of Ubuntu Server. I use the VBoxManage command to clone the actual hard disk and I then create ...
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How do I access a web server on a virtualbox from the host machine

I have a windows Vista machine upon which VirtualBox is running ubuntu. In ubuntu I am running a webserver at the address http://127.0.0.1:3000/ How do I access this address from my host machine ...
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PXE Booting Virtualbox guests in internal networking mode?

I am not sure if this is just specific to my distro's packages or is a vbox limitation. So, any help would be appreciated. Ok, so I have a network of VMs, with one VM acting as a NAT for the other ...
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Virtualbox centos no eth0

just installed a fresh centos-minimal and i can not get bridged network to work or any of the networks not even in host-only mode. when you run ifconfig there is no eth0 only a lo, also when you cat ...
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VirtualBox - use in small office and backing up

I run a small office consisting of a 8 man development team and a couple of managers. We're thinking of moving to a hardware setup whereby we have 1 single powerful server running several VirtualBox ...
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Vagrant: Slow internet connection in guest

I'm trying to set up a vagrant. Host is Ubuntu 12.10. Here's my vagrant file: Vagrant::Config.run do |config| config.vm.share_folder("v-root", "/vagrant", ".", :nfs => true) ...
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Can't create symlinks in virtualbox shared folders [closed]

A few days ago I found I can no longer create symlinks from Ubuntu in any directories that are shared with the OS X host. ln: creating symbolic link `foo': Read-only file system I'm able to create ...
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Ubuntu: Resize the root LVM(2?) partition

I have an Ubuntu virtual machine running in VirtualBox 2.2.4, and I created it on an 8gb virtual disk which is too small. So, I am trying to increase the size of the disk. So far, I have done this: ...
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EC2 VM import: VirtualBox

I would like to know if it's currently possible to import a virtualbox vm on the ec2 cloud, I have tried with a virtualbox vmdk but it did not succed. Apparently it is designed for VMware's vmdk ...
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Ubuntu inside VirtualBox is slow [closed]

I am running an Ubuntu instance on VirtualBox inside XP. Here are the details: Host: Windows XP Pro Guest: Ubuntu 8.10 Total RAM: 3GB RAM For VM: 1GB Total Video Memory: 128MB Video Memory for VM: ...
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Vagrant NFS share doesn't show updated file if size doesn't change

When mounting /vagrant over NFS, a changed file on the host is not refresh on the guest if the size doesn't changes. Quick update/typo are not immediately reflected unless I make enough modification ...
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Can't connect to PostgreSQL on VirtualBox guest

When I try to connect from a PostgreSQL client on the host system to the PostgreSQL server on a VirtualBox guest system, I get a "connection attempt failed" message. The host system is Windows XP. ...
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Connect to guest from host - Virtual Box

I have a Windows XP as guest OS on VirtualBox running on Ubuntu. Inside that Guest Windows XP, I have an instance of Apache running. Now I want to connect to that Apache from the host (Ubuntu). Is it ...
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Converting an EC2 AMI to vmdk image

I've come quite close to getting Amazon Linux to boot inside VirtualBox, thanks to this answer and these websites. A quick overview of the steps I've taken: Launch EC2 instance with Amazon Linux ...
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Can't access VirtualBox host-only network from windows host

I've got two vms running on a windows host, each with a host-only network and ips in the 192.168.56.XXX range. One of them is running apache and serving some content that I want to access from my ...
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Vagrant shared folder and file change events

I have ubuntu virtual machine that I'm accessing through Vagrant. On my host (Mac OSX), there is a folder with couple of files, that I share to virtual machine. In that virtual machine, I want to use ...
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Xen vs. VirtualBox under heavy load?

Which performs better under heavy CPU and memory usage on the virtual servers, Xen or VirtualBox?
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How do you mount a .vdi image on Linux? [closed]

Is there any tool to mount a .vdi file (and/or examine its partitions) in Unix/Linux?
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running setfacl on a vagrant shared directory

Trying to get a symfony2 project up and running with a vagrant VM. I've seen a zillion articles on this, but getting the cache directory permissioned correctly is proving to be excruciatingly ...
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Virtualbox VM (spawned by Vagrant) running, but inaccessible. What now?

I have a Virtualbox VM running Ubuntu that was started by Vagrant, on an OSX host. At some point, my ssh session to the guest stopped responding. I tried vagrant halt from a terminal window on the ...
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Backing up VirtualBox VMs

Does anyone have a good complete strategy for backing up a bunch of virtual machines running under VirtualBox? I intend to run a handful of virtual machines on a single hardware platform and back ...
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FreeBSD Host ZFS on Root Running VirtualBox with Windows Server 2003 Guests Very Slow HD Speeds

Here is my setup: I am running a Dual Quad Core Xeon 2.0Ghz with 16GB of Ram and 2 x 2TB WD Green drives with FreeBSD 7 that has ZFS on root. The Hard Drives are in a ZFS Mirror. I am running ...
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What are the performance implications of running VMs on a ZFS host?

I'm considering migrating from ext3 to ZFS for data storage on my Debian Linux host, using ZFS on Linux. One killer feature of ZFS that I really want is its data integrity guarantees. The ability to ...
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Guest optimization tips for Ubuntu on VirtualBox [closed]

I was wondering if anyone could shed light into "Guest optimization tips for Ubuntu (guest)" I came across http://serverfault.com/questions/18290/virtual-machine-guest-optimization-tips, for Windows. ...
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How to authorize standard users to install drivers on Windows XP

I'm currently looking for a way to autorize my non administrators users to perform an installation of drivers. Here is the speech: All my users are standard users, they got a VirtualBox Hypervisor ...
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VirtualBox guest network lost after host disconnects

I am running VirtualBox both on a Snow Leopard OSX host machine and on a Windows Vista host machine. Whenever my host machines lose internet connection the guest machines seem to lose internet ...
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Restore Virtualbox snapshot from backup

I have a .SAV and .VHD file from a backup. Since these files were created the revert to snapshot feature was used, by design this deleted everything since the snapshot was created. However I now need ...
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How to install Ubuntu Server 12.04 in a Virtualbox VM with UEFI boot enabled

I have a server which I'd like to install Ubuntu 12.04 on, but I've had some problems and thought it would be nice to get things working in a Virtualbox VM with the same features as the server. I ...
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Vagrant synced folders aren't case sensitive

For our web stack, we are moving from a Windows Server to CentOS. To facilitate development, we're utilizing Vagrant to run CentOS VMs locally. We're using Vagrant's Synced Folders feature to allow ...
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Virtualbox: How to connect to the display when launched via vagrant?

I've used vagrant to set up ubuntu 12.10. How can I actually connect to the graphical desktop? There doesn't seem to be a way in the Virtualbox manager. It shows a preview but the 'show' icon is ...
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Mounting case-sensitive shared folder in VirtualBox

I have an OSX host with a ubuntu VM trying to mount a shared folder. I'm using the options: sudo mount -t vboxsf -o uid=1000,gid=100 pg ~/pg-host The folder mounts fine, however it appears that ...
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Unable to install DHCP server, not enough disk space

Despite having over 3GB of available space, I am unable to install the DHCP server role. This originally was a 10gb virtual box drive image, but when I ran into space issues extended the drive to ...
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Xen vs virtualbox?

Is there much performance difference between Xen and virtual box?