How to install and set up a Virtualbox machine

The article cover steps to introduce VirtualBox in Windows 10 and Linux Ubuntu. The means stays comparable for other Linux dispersions as well.

VirtualBox is a virtualization instrument for x86 machines to permit clients to introduce numerous working frameworks on a solitary host. Prophet VirtualBox is one such application licenses under GPL v2 and bolsters practically all working frameworks.

Prophet VirtualBox upholds visitor increases permitting shared organizers, 3D virtualization and consistent window.

It’s one of the most broadly utilized by Linux clients to attempt to test other Linux dispersions. On the off chance that you are distro-container, you likely as of now have it!

Lets perceive how we can download and introduce VirtualBox and set it up to boot from an ISO picture.

Download and install VirtualBox

I for one favor Oracle VM VirtualBox to attempt distinctive Linux appropriations. You can snatch a duplicate from the official site for you Windows/Linux framework.

It’s accessible for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and Solaris frameworks. The pairs are delivered under GPL Version 2.0.

Setting up Virtualbox

Create on New to get the Create Virtual Machine dialogue box.

Name and operating system

Assign a Name to the machine. It would detect the most popular Linux distributions like Arch, Debian, OpenSuse, Fedora, Gentoo, Ubuntu etc. If not, you can select the Type as Linux and Version as appropriate. If you are really not sure, there are options of Other Linux for both 32 bit and 64 bit.

Memory size

The next steps asks you assign memory for your Virtual Machine. Try to keep it reasonable. If you are planning to run Ubuntu, anything around 4 GB should be ideal. However, be careful not to assign everything to VM and run out of memory for you host machine!

Hard disk

The next dialogue box asks you to add a virtual hard disk to the new machine you are creating. Choose Create a virtual hard disk now and click on Create.

Hard disk file type

The next step asks you the hard disk file type you are creating. I prefer a VirtualBox Disk Image (VDI).

Storage on physical hard disk

Choose whether you want to create the hard disk as fixed size or a dynamically allocated. Dynamically allocated basically means that even if you assign say 100GB, the actual size taken out of your host system storage won’t be 100GB but the current size of the VM. It does come with a side effect of being slower than Fixed Size.

File location and size

Choose the file location where you want to store this Virtual Disk Image.

Click on Create to complete the process. The steps remain similar for any Linux distributions.

Boot into a Live ISO

Once you have downloaded and installed VirtualBox and completed the set up part, the next steps is to boot from an ISO image.

Click on the Virtual Machine you created from the left sidebar. It will ask you to select the start-up disk. Choose the ISO to boot from.

In case it don’t ask, or you want to change the ISO to boot from – select the Virtual Machine and click on Settings. Under Storage you would see an optical drive option. Click on the icon and choose the ISO you want to boot from.

That’s it. Virtualbox machine up and running!