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    Re: hold my hand with virtualization

    I have very good experiences with Virtualbox, very easy to setup and performance close to native.
    Don't forget the virtualbox guest additions.

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    Re: hold my hand with virtualization

    There are many instructions for installing virtualbox, however, none seem to be hardy specific. Ive been reading through the instructions at https://help.ubuntu.com/community/VirtualBox for feisty. Should I do anything differently? This is a 64 bit computer and hardy installation if that makes a difference.

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    Re: hold my hand with virtualization

    Quote Originally Posted by zorkerz View Post
    There are many instructions for installing virtualbox, however, none seem to be hardy specific. Ive been reading through the instructions at https://help.ubuntu.com/community/VirtualBox for feisty. Should I do anything differently? This is a 64 bit computer and hardy installation if that makes a difference.
    I'm on Debian myself so I simply added the virtualbox repository..
    I use the binary (non open source) version since it ads a couple of features I want.
    For Ubuntu you can simply download the binary-version from here.. http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads
    and install using your preferred package-management tool.

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    Re: hold my hand with virtualization

    I have vmware server installed in hardy beta, but it wasn't simple. So, I can't say what it might take for VBox.
    Regards, frank, at http://yantrayoga.typepad.com/noname/
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    Re: hold my hand with virtualization

    Quote Originally Posted by zorkerz View Post
    There are many instructions for installing virtualbox, however, none seem to be hardy specific. Ive been reading through the instructions at https://help.ubuntu.com/community/VirtualBox for feisty. Should I do anything differently? This is a 64 bit computer and hardy installation if that makes a difference.
    It seems you can use the Debian repository..
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=598414

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    Re: hold my hand with virtualization

    virtualbox-ose is in the hardy repos also. It looks like it is the newest version 1.5.6 with some ubuntu customizations (full version 1.5.6-dfsg-2ubuntu2).

    I think i will start there im just not sure what other packages I will need yet.

    Update: here is what i did
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install virtualbox-ose virtualbox-ose-modules-2.6.24-12-generic
    Then I added myself to the group vboxusers and followed the normal instructions from the link above and was able to setup xp. All took less than 30 minutes. This is awsome.

    Thanks all.
    Last edited by zorkerz; March 26th, 2008 at 02:09 AM.

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    Re: hold my hand with virtualization

    So i have discovered one problem with my second step to instalation(although i edited it out above already so as not to confuse others). Every time I reboot or login (not sure which) ubuntu the /dev/vboxdrv owner gets set back to root. When this file is not owned by the current user I get the following error whenever trying to enter a virtual os.
    VirtualBox - Error
    Failed to start the virtual machine
    The VirtualBox kernel driver is not accessible to the current user. Make sure that the user has write permissions for /dev/vboxdrv by adding them to the vboxusers groups. You will need to logout for the change to take effect..
    VBox status code: -1909 (VERR_VM_DRIVER_NOT_ACCESSIBLE).

    Result Code:
    0x80004005
    Component:
    Console
    Interface:
    IConsole {1dea5c4b-0753-4193-b909-22330f64ec45}
    any ideas how to avoid changing the owner of /dev/vboxdrv all the time?

    Update Solved: check out here. I needed to simply add myself to the group vboxusers (system->administration->users/groups->managegroups->properties of group vboxusers and check my username)
    Last edited by zorkerz; March 26th, 2008 at 02:09 AM.

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    Re: hold my hand with virtualization

    Go system-admin-users and groups-manage groups- vboxusers-properties and add your name.

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