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

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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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Sending Keystrokes to a Window when it Loses Focus

I am running virtual machines for testing on a second Space using Virtualbox, and the problem is that when I'm on the primary space, the virtual machine continues to use a lot of CPU time and kills ...
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In Fullscreen, disable auto-hiding Mac menu bar

(on latest Mavericks) While in VirtualBox (Ubuntu) fullscreen, on a Mac host, each time the mouse goes near the top, the Mac auto-hide menu bar appears - and I want to prevent that, or at least, ...
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Xcode 5.1.1 update error persists

I'm running OS X Lion in VirtualBox on Windows 8 (I know, that's cheating, sorry :) to be able to use Xcode. Everything worked fine, until Apple decided that they don't accept apps to the App Store ...
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Apt-get install tomcat7

I am currently running Mavericks. I have a Drupal7 Virtual Machine running (on VirtualBox). I am trying to install a tomcat7 server onto the VM. I have used the Terminal to SSH and login to my Drupal7 ...
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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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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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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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Mac as virtual machine guest: How to use multiple displays?

I'm working on a test environment for testing Mac software. The plan is to use virtual machines (for example VMWare or Parallels) and install older versions as guest operating system, allowing me to ...
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VirtualBox Win7 enable horizontal trackpad scrolling

I use a Windows 7 installtion in Virtual Box. The magic track works fine for scrolling up and down but scrolling sideways doesn't work. Does anyone know how to get it working?
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How to input accented characters to an OS running in a VM?

I have a MacBook Pro with English (US) keyboard layout. I usually hold the right-alt (option) key, and press E to activate the accented vowel insertion (it shows a placeholder where the accented ...
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Mac Minis: 2012 Quad Core vs 2014 Dual Core for a virtualization host?

My office is looking to get a Mac Mini for testing our website in Safari. Because Apple now allows you to run previous versions of OS X in a VM, we will be looking to run at least Mavericks and ...
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VirtualBox “The screen resolution for this app to run” on Mac 1440 x 900

I installed Virtual Box and Windows 8.1 from https://modern.ie/en-us/virtualization-tools#downloads The resolution of my display is 13-inch (1440 x 900) Also I installed Guest Additions. I can't run ...
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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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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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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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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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Large Time Machine Backups 10.9.4. Excluded Dropbox and VirtualBox

Issue: Time Machine wants to take 60Gb, 40GB, etc. when that is not the amount of data change. I have excluded Dropbox and my VirtualBox VMs from the backup via the GUI. I tried this previously via ...
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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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“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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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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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 ...