How to install VirtualBox Guest Additions for Linux

VirtualBox Guest Additions are a set of device drivers and system applications which are designed to be installed in the guest operating systems of VirtualBox. Guest Additions are available as an ISO image for Windows, Linux, Solaris or OS/2. The Guest Additions offer a number of features including: Seamless mouse support across host and guest […]
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How to install and run Microsoft Windows for free on Linux

There are many circumstances where you wish to run Windows applications on Linux. Microsoft Windows has been a dominant operating system (OS) for more than a decade, and there are quite a lot of applications developed in the Windows ecosystem. It’s not surprising that some Windows applications that you wish to run, but are missing […]
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VMware Player vs. VirtualBox: performance comparison

If you are using a virtualization hypervisor, one of your main concerns will be its performance, or in another word, its virtualization overhead. How much overhead is introduced by the virtualization layer will determine the raw performance of guest virtual machines (VMs) running on a hypervisor. Continuing from the feature comparison between VMware Player and […]
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How to manage VirtualBox VMs on a remote headless server

Most VirtualBox users may think that VirtualBox is only intended for use in a desktop environment, where virtual machine (VM) management is done via VirtualBox GUI. However, VirtualBox can in fact run on headless servers, and VirtualBox VMs launched in headless mode can be managed remotely from an external VirtualBox front-end client. In this tutorial, […]
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How to set up dual monitors for Ubuntu Guest on VirtualBox

VirtualBox supports multiple monitors for guest virtual machines (VMs). Display for guest VMs can be either attached to multiple windows on host machine as “virtual” monitors, or hooked up with multiple physical monitors. In this tutorial, I will describe how to set up dual monitors for Ubuntu Guest on VirtualBox, so that the display of […]
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How to convert between VirtualBox VDI and VMware VMDK

There are several disk image formats used by virtualization software; VDI for Oracle VM VirtualBox, and VMDK for VMware vSphere, to name a few. If you want to convert VirtulBox VDI image to VMware VMDK image, or vice versa, there are two command-line utilities available to use. The first tool is VBoxManage, which is a […]
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How to install and run Android x86 on VirtualBox

While the Android OS was originally developed for ARM processor architecture, there exists an Android port for x86 hardware platform, which is called Android-x86. You can run Android-x86 as a virtual machine (VM) using any x86-based hypervisor or QEMU hardware emulator. In this post, I will show you how to install and run the latest […]
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VMware Player vs. VirtualBox: feature comparison

VMware Player and VirtualBox are the two most popular virtualization software packages for x86 processor architecture. VMware Player is free for personal non-commercial use, and available for commercial use if VMware Fusion commercial license is purchased. VirtualBox is released for free under the terms of the GPL version 2, and additional proprietary components are available […]
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