VirtualBox is Oracle's virtualization software. It allows running of Linux and Windows on a Mac under OS X.

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Should I enable Trim for SSD drives in Windows / VirtualBox?

I understand that Trim exists for OSX Mountain Lion, but is there anything I should do for Windows on Virtualbox in this regard?
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How to switch applications using Cmd+Tab when inside VirtualBox without using Host key?

When inside VirtualBox in order to switch to an OSX app, I first press Host key which is Right Option, then I press Cmd+Tab. I wonder if there is some trick to eliminate pressing Host key before ...
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Arrow keys output numbers when connecting to Ubuntu VirtualBox guest on Windows 7 host via remote desktop connection

I have a Ubuntu guest running on my Windows 7 host. I then wanted to connect remotely from my Macbook Air in bed, and so accessed the VM via Microsoft's OSX remote desktop client. I'm able to ...
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Installing OS X Guest on OS X Host

update: After upgrading to the latest version of VirtualBox and following the first answer at Install OS X in VirtualBox on iMac?, I am now getting the Still waiting for root device. If I follow the ...
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Mac OSX Virtual box running appliance copied from Windows

I had to work out of the office today and brought a copy of the Windows 2000 appliance I have on my Windows 7 machine at the office. Copied this to the Mac I am now on (Mavericks) and copied the ...
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“Eject” USB device (non-HDD) from OSX?

I have a Cyberpower UPS connected to my system using USB (for power management). Sometimes I want to have this device accessible from within Windows 7, which is virtualized in VirtualBox. VirtualBox ...
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Playing videos on VirtualBox MacOs X guest on Ubuntu 13.04 as host

I managed to install Mac OS X Moutain Lion as a VirtualBox guest on Ubuntu 13.04 as host. I need to test a web app which plays HTML5 videos on Safari 6. Unfortunately, I can't play any video on ...
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VirtualBox 4, install Lion guest on Mountain Lion host

How to install Lion as a guest OS in VirtualBox 4 running on Mountain Lion? I have: Legitimate owned copy of Install Mac OS X Lion.app Flash drive formatted as GUID partition, restored with ...
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Problem with usb drive in virtualbox

I have a macbook pro and a osx of 10.8.4 in installed on it. I also have VirtualBox 4.2.14 and extension 4.2.14r86644 installed on it. I installed windows8 64bit and now I have problem with usb ...
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How to send Home key to a VM running on OSX?

How to send the home key to a windows installation in VirtualBox in OSX?
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Can a VirtualBox Windows 7 virtual machine be installed on a USB hard disk?

My MacBook Air has only a 64G hard drive which is so small that I don't want to install virtual machines on it. I'm planning to buy a 1TB portable USB hard disk to run virtual machines. Has anyone ...
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How to migrate from Parallels to VirtualBox?

I've tried Parallels and it's great but I still find it quite "expensive" so I would like to try out VirtualBox. Is there a way to migrate my Parallels installation to VirtualBox? The versions: ...
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How to hit “right-control” in VirtualBox on a remote Linux system over RDP via CoRD?

I'm connecting using CoRD to a remote Linux system running xrdp. On that Linux system, I'm running VirtualBox. To escape from Virtualbox, I need to hit a "right control" key. Trouble is... I don't ...
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Can I improve network speed with VirtualBox between host and guest?

I use a VirtualBox machine with Arch Linux as development web server. I want to improve rsync transfer speed via smb://. What kind of configuration is best to improve file transfer/synchronization? ...
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Vagrant/VirtualBox extremely slow despite 8GB-RAM/SSD-HD/2.53GHz Core2Duo

My VM (Ubuntu Vagrant VM) is extremely slow. While my Windows Co-Workers have a maximum of 1 minute page load time, my page load takes up to 8 minutes. I tried putting log files in non shared folders ...
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How to clone CD or DVD from the CLI so it can be accessed in VirtulaBox Windows VM

How can I clone a CD or DVD to an ISO or DMG, using just the CLI, so that I can attach it to a VirtualBox VM. I often clone CDs or DVDs using the following commands: diskname=`df -kh /Volumes/* | ...
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Virtual Box on an non-intel Mac

is it possible to install VirtualBox on a non-intel Mac ? My configuration : G5 with Mac OS X 10.5.8
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Is OS X on VirtualBox on Windows suitable for iOS app development using Xcode?

I am trying to install OS X on VirtualBox VM on Windows 7, but it is giving me a message that "hardware acceleration" is missing on my PC. How can I deal with this problem? …and is this suitable for ...
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How can I set up a private virtual LAN for my laptop and its guest VMs

I have two VirtualBox guest VMs running Linux under a MacOS X host. I'm using bridged networking mode but I am not in control of the DHCP server and can not give my host+guests static IPs. Any time a ...
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Upgrade a MBP(8,1) dual i7 to 16GB RAM from 4GB or to a SSD?

I currently find my new computer a bit slow when it comes to my number crunching requirements. Also, I find my computer painfully slow when it's running VirtualBox. My budget is around $500. Newegg ...
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OSX 10.9 Mavericks VirtualBox unable to use Bridged Networking

Since upgrading to OSX 10.9 Mavericks VirtualBox machines that have a Bridged Network have been unable to start. Installing VirtualBox again solves the problem temporarily, but this does not survive ...
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Cannot upgrade VirtualBox installation of Mac OS 10.6.8 to Mavericks - supposedly a processor issue

I'm running Mac OS X 10.6.8 within VirtualBox 4.3.2 on a Windows machine with an i7 processor. I would like to upgrade my OS to Mavericks through the App Store. When I try to do so, I get the ...
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How can I launch a Virtualbox VM from the Dock?

How can I put my VirtualBox on my Dock in Mac OS X Lion. I want to have it on my dock so I can click on it to launch it.
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How should I configure VirtualBox to be able to connect to the internet from the guest OS

I am trying to move from VMware Fusion to VirtualBox since Fusion 3.0 is not working since I upgraded to Mountain Lion. VirtualBox is working but I cannot connect to the Internet on my guest OS ...
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Share folder in VirtualBox Host=Mac OS, Guest=Debian

how can I share a folder in VirtualBox between my host-OS Mac OS and my installed guest-OS Debian 6? I installed the guest additions and created a shared folder, but I cannot find it
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Can't see install disc for Linux Mint in VirtualBox

Trying to install Mint 17 Cinnamon via VirtualBox on my MBP OSX10.9.4, with 3 different discs (various makes) made on several machines (Win and Linux). I was able to deploy vm with CentOS 6.4 with a ...
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Can I use Virtual Smart Cards on OSX? Does it work with Windows 8 in Bootcamp/Parallels?

I want to use Smartcard authentication to simplify and secure access to websites and other SSO targets. Is there a Virtual Smartcard technology for OSX (for Macbook Pro Retina?) or is there a way to ...
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How to use the shared folder in Virutal box

I installed Windows 7 enterprise on my MacBookPro (OS X V-10.9.4) through Oracle Virtual Box (V-4.3.12). I have added a shared folder to the windows in Virtual Box settings->shared folder. But I ...
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Accessing virtualbox host system

I have VirtualBox installed on my Mac (MacOSX 10.9.3). I have downloaded a CentOS appliance. Virtual machine networking is configured as "Bridged" but the guest operating system does not receive IP ...
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Error installing windows 7 on virtual box

I'm using Mavericks OS X (10.9.3), I installed virtual box v 4.3.12 and downloaded the windows7 enterprise edition image file for 64 bit (licensed version) it has the file name as ...
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“Boot with Options” VirtualBox

On many sites I have read that one can "boot with options" like -v or -s in VirtualBox when starting a machine. How does one do this? What do you press? Please be detailed—I am a VirtualBox novice.
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VirtualBox Machine Won't Boot [on hold]

I am attempting to virtualize OS X in a VirtualBox Machine. However, when I attempt to start the machine, I get a number of messages pertaining to things like security and initialization, but then ...
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OS X installer guidelines

At first, please forgive discussed rather question type. I need to build opensource software installer for OS X but I am not familiar with OS X conventions. Mentioned opensource software is complex ...
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VirtualBox/Vagrant Fully Remove Virtual Machine to Clear Hash Sum Mismatches, etc

I'm running Mavericks, and using Vagrant with VirtualBox to spin up a Precise32 box. When I first started, I had issues with apt-get update on the box (hash sum mismatches, etc.); so after weeks of ...
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Trying to set up a USB 2.0 with Tails and Virtual Box

So i want to set up a usb to have Virtual Box on it so that I can run tails in a VM in VB from the USB. I saw a similar post here:Can a VirtualBox Windows 7 virtual machine be installed on a USB hard ...
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How to set VirtualBox in order to access external hard drives in guest Win7?

I have installed VirtualBox in order to use Windows 7 as guest on a Macbook Air running Mavericks (mainly to be able to use a printer that has no drivers for Mac). Also, I have installed the ...
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Cannot completely eject my external hard drive on Mac OS X 10.9

I am using Mac OS X Mavericks (10.9). And wanted to attach my external hard drive to VirtualBox ubuntu virtual machine. To do this, I should completely unmount and eject all external disk partitions ...
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Windows on VirtualBox and special characters

I have a standard Apple US keyboard but I often have to type in German. I find the OS X shortcuts easy to remember and I am comfortable with them. To type the umlauts you have to type option+u (u as ...
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connection to a SQL database designed in a virtual machine

I try to add a new connection in Visual Studio from a remote server. The server is on a virtual machine. When I create the connection, Visual Studio can find the remote server, it can also see all ...
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OSX Server guest within VirtualBox … where do I get the ISO

I'm trying to do things legit and purchased a copy of OSX Server to go along with my OSX install. I am running a MacBook Pro with Mountain Lion... so I'm OK from a hardware perspective. Now I'm ...
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Skydrive reports errors synchronizing files shared with VirtualBox

I'm getting the following errors when synchronizing my Skydrive I believe the issue is that I save my Windows 7 based Virtual Box files on the Mac. See below how I share files between the guest ...
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How to install Ubuntu on Lion?

I have downloaded Lion and I want to install Ubuntu as VM. I found this one: http://www.tuaw.com/2009/09/07/how-to-set-up-ubuntu-linux-on-a-mac-its-easy-and-free/ Is there any updated tutorial for ...
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Update/backup iPod via iTunes on virtual Windows XP?

All the programs I use on my Mac these days are either in a Linux VM (in Virtualbox), or open-source apps which are also available on Linux. With one exception: iTunes, which I only use to feed my ...
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VirtualBox or Parallels: Great Visualization

I decide to choose two virtual machines. VirtualBox and Parallels. Issue: Which of them good enough for visualization tasks? (GPU, games) I want to install on my Macbook Pro 2011 more RAM: 4gb -> ...