VirtualBox

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VirtualBox running a Kubuntu Live CD on Windows 7.

VirtualBox is a free and open-source hypervisor software that runs on Windows, Mac OS, Linux and Solaris. It can run nearly all x86 operating systems, including Windows, Linux, BSD, OS/2, Solaris, Haiku, as well as a limited form of Mac OS.

Running on CollabVM[edit]

CollabVM currently does not support using VirtualBox as a virtualizor. CollabVM 2.0 is planned to include VirtualBox support. When VirtualBox support is officially added, more information will be listed on this page.

Hosting on CollabVM 2.0[edit]

Note: These are placeholder instructions, these will probably change later

  • Install the VirtualBox Extension Pack. You can find the latest download here: https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads. Follow the instructions on the page.
  • Restart VirtualBox if you installed it while VirtualBox was running.
  • Right click on the VM you want to host and choose "Settings".
  • Click on "Display", and click "Remote Display".
  • Check the "Enable Server" box. The port can be whatever.
  • Open the CollabVM Admin Panel.
  • Click on "New VM".
  • Fill in the following information:
    • "hostname" should be where the VM is being hosted, this can either be "localhost" or a remote IP.
    • "port" should be 3389, if you used the default port.
  • Set the protocol to "RDP".
  • Verify the information is correct and start the VM.

Why is there no VNC support, even with an extpack?[edit]

Unfortunately, to have VNC support in VirtualBox, you must build it from source (https://www.virtualbox.org/browser/vbox/trunk/src/VBox/ExtPacks/VNC).
If you are on Arch Linux, there is the virtualbox-ext-vnc package.
Ubuntu users apparently have the VNC ExtPack pre-installed with the virtualbox-ose package.