VirtualBox Tips

Sun xVM VirtualBox is easy to use.  Why would you use it?

  • To setup Windows XP inside of Vista to test software
  • To load a server inside of a server (this saves money – all you do is add more memory and hard drive space.)

So what is virtual box and how do I set it up?

VirtualBox Installation allows for guest operating systems to be loaded on your host operating system.
See the attached document – installing-virtualbox
Note:  This documentation is not intended for a substitute for VirtualBox instructions.  Use at your own risk.

My USB dosen’t work in Virtualbox

Several People have USB and Network Setting errors in VirtualBox.  The pictures below are from my setup.  Remember, just because you don’t see your wireless network card, doesn’t mean it’s not working.  Make sure you check NAT if you want the virtual computer to be separated on your network.
Also on USB, you must enable it.

How do I see my virtualbox on the network or I can’t see virtualbox on my network?
My virtual computer goes to the internet but I can’t network.

Easy, go to your virtual box’s settings – select network – select host interface (NAT will be there by default) – Click the add host icon (lower right -highlighted) – Click OK.

Go to your physical computer (host) and bridge your active network and the virtual adapter. (see picture below where I am using a wireless connection).


As you can see by the picture, I ran softperfect’s network scanner and now I can see all of the computers in my network!


How to setup Virtualbox link and download.


About TCAT Shelbyville IT Department

The Tennessee College of Applied Technology - is one of 46 institutions in the Tennessee Board of Regents System, the seventh largest system of higher education in the nation. This system comprises six universities, fourteen community colleges, and twenty-six Applied Technology Colleges.
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