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    About VirtualBox installation and VMs migration

    Hi all,

    Host - Ubuntu 12.04 desktop 64bit
    Virtualizer - Oracle VirtualBox
    AMD 8-core

    Please advise where can I find howto/instruction re installing VirtualBox from the package download on;
    Download VirtualBox for Linux Hosts
    https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Linux_Downloads

    NOT installed from the package, oracle_vbox.asc.

    Most of the threads found with googling are installing on oracle_vbox.asc.

    I have a box here running for several years and been upgraded many times;
    Host - Ubuntu 12.04 desktop 64bit
    Virtualizer - Oracle VirtualBox
    AMD 4-core

    I already forgot how to install VirtualBox. The Original host was Ubuntu 7.0/8.0

    Besides where can I find instruction migrating the VMs from the old host to new host (on another PC)

    TIA

    B.R.
    satimis

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    Re: About VirtualBox installation and VMs migration

    Follow the instructions on the VirtualBox Linux downloads page for "Debian-based" distributions to add the repository and its public key. Then you can just use:

    Code:
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install virtualbox-4.2
    This method lets the OS manage updates for you as well.
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    Re: About VirtualBox installation and VMs migration

    Hi,
    This is working for me. I too had forgotten how to ...
    Package manager figured I didn't even have Virtual box installed.
    Following the lead in SeijiSensei's post I went to synaptic and edited the repositories. There I found a whole bunch that were disabled when I last upgraded to "precise" (12.04). So I edited them one at a time, removing the comments and ensuring that the check boxes were ticked (I want them enabled).
    Then I reloaded and marked all upgrades but nothing was available!? So I went looking for virtualbox and found 4.2 was now listed. I checked it for install and selected "apply".
    Synaptic told me it was removing 4.1 and installing 4.2 together with a required library and away we go!
    It is still in progress, so I don't know whether I'll have to re-link my virtual machines. I do remember having to manually reactivate my Microsoft software (windows, office and visual studio etc.) after previous upgrades though.
    Last edited by gwm; December 12th, 2012 at 04:11 PM.
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    Re: About VirtualBox installation and VMs migration

    All my VMs worked as expected after upgrading from 4.1 to 4.2.
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    Re: About VirtualBox installation and VMs migration

    Mine seem to be working fine too.
    Be sure to install the new extension pack. If all else fails, you can download it from https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads
    then double click the downloaded file in the downloads directory.
    Once windows has started, find the devices menu item and upgrade the guest additions.
    Last edited by gwm; December 12th, 2012 at 05:26 PM.
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    Re: About VirtualBox installation and VMs migration

    To move the VMs from one hard disk to another, whether on the same system or a different one, just copy the virtualbox directories and all their contents using normal Linux copy methods. My older vbox 3.x installation had just one directory, a hidden one in my home directory, that held everything. The newer 4.x installations have multiple directories, so you need to copy all of them. However there's no need to go through the detailed export-import techniques described in the vbox manuals. So long as you have the vbox program itself in place on the new system, everything will work properly after the move.
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    Re: About VirtualBox installation and VMs migration

    Quote Originally Posted by SeijiSensei View Post
    All my VMs worked as expected after upgrading from 4.1 to 4.2.
    Just to add to this - all my VMs worked fine when I moved from 3.2 to 4.x.
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