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Thread: Locking user into virtual machine

  1. #1
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    Apr 2011
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    Locking user into virtual machine

    Hi,

    I'm trying to solve what must be a pretty common problem but to which google has not yet yielded a satisfactory answer. If a member of the unwashed masses happens to be visiting your abode and asks to use your computer is there a nice, technically elegant solution to the problem that does not entail convulsive shaking of your head and hunching over your machine in an ever more protective pose?

    More seriously I was wondering if there's a way to launch a VM (say virtual box) and stop the user from getting out of it. Does VB or any other VM support a password requirement for leaving the VM (i.e. say in full screen mode)? This strikes me as more elegant than setting up a locked down account and having to worry you haven't locked it down well enough (default permissions will let users look into each others home directories I think). Though failing this if anyone has ideas for another way to set up a per-user kiosk thing it would be much appreciated.

    thanks

  2. #2
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    Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal

    Re: Locking user into virtual machine

    Always read the manual.

    VBoxSDL:
    http://www.virtualbox.org/manual/ch09.html#vboxsdl
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