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How to create a new VirtualBox VM

This document details how to set up a new virtual machine in Oracle's VirtualBox product.

On campus we have VirtualBox installed on the workstations in MAC-122.

Set Up:

1.) Launch Oracle VirtualBox.
Launch Oracle VirtualBox

2.) Select the "New" VM button.
Click new

3.) Give your VM a name and select the OS type and distribution from the drop down menus.
Name and set up your VM

4.) Allocate the needed about of RAM to your VM. Oracle VirtualBox provides a guideline about what is recommended, however more RAM will help performance.
Allocate RAM as needed

5.) Create a hard drive for your VM by selecting the radial button to "Create", and advancing to the next step.
Create a drive and move to the next step

6.) You will now be able to chose what type of virtual disk file you wish to create. VDI will be the default, however that is more specific to Oracle VirtualBox. If you wish to use this file with other virtualization applications (ex: VMware) the file type VMDK will work for both Oracle and VMware platforms. Select whatever file type applies to your usage.
Select a disk type and move on

7.) Oracle VirtualBox will now ask about what disk allocation you wish to use. Select "Dynamically allocated".
Use dyamic

8.) Click on the yellow path search folder. Then save your VM disk file to the "virtual-machines" folder on the root of the C:/ drive.
Click on the yellow folder
Save to the C drive folder

9.) Ensure that your VM disk file is going to the C:/ folder.
Path to C drive folder

10.) With your Virtual Machine created we will now need to adjust it's settings to give it a boot disk and network connection. To do this click on the orange settings gear with your Virtual Machine selected.
Click on the organge gear in the uper left of the VM window

11.) In the storage settings select a ISO file or insert a disk to boot to. Note: To select a ISO file click the CD icon in the upper right part of the window, and then browse for the file.
Select the disk or ISO you wish to use

12.) This step CAN NOT be skipped when configuring on a Campus workstation. In the network section adjust the attached to adapter to "Bridged Adapter", and ensure that it is using the adapter named "VLAN: NETUSR84". When done with that click "OK" to confirm your settings.
Use the bridged adapter

13.) Power on your VM.




Keywords:vm, virtual, machine, box, mac, 122, mac-122, comp, sci, lab,   Doc ID:38632
Owner:Kevin B.Group:UW Green Bay
Created:2014-03-17 14:02 CSTUpdated:2016-05-09 13:59 CST
Sites:UW Green Bay
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