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

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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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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 error (0x1)

I am trying to install Ubuntu on Virtual Box instead of Parallels for a change. However VirtualBox was being a little problematic. First during the installation it finished with "Could not complete ...
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El Capitan GM and USB passthrough

After updgrading to El Capitan GM, I noticed that usb passthrough no longer works in VirtualBox, and this seems to be occuring for everyone. I have found several threads on VirtualBox forums ...
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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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VirtualBox Full Screen Stops Working

I have an interesting problem with regards to VirtualBox and displaying a VM in Full Screen mode. First it works, then upon reboot of my Mac it stops working. If I reinstall Virtual Box it starts ...
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How do I expand the hard drive partition of an OSX guest OS in VirtualBox when the disk has been enlarged?

My host system is running OSX El Capitan 10.11.5 and VirtualBox 5.0.22 r108108 Using the information found in another answer, I was successfully able to extract an ISO of my host operating system and ...
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installing Snow Leopard in VirtualBox, but it won't complete the installation

I'm getting ready to upgrade my MacBook Pro from Snow Leopard to El Capitan, but I want to be able to keep running MT-Newswatcher, so I want to run SL in VirtualBox. I followed the directions at this ...
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Are there tweaks in Time Machine or VirtualBox by Oracle to make Time Machine better handle small files within a .vdi?

Within a very important VirtualBox, which was at the time approximately 400 Gigabytes, Time Machine is not backing many files inside this machine, for even several months, despite them being changed ...
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How to disable web sharing in Server 5 and forward ports 80 and 443 to a virtual machine?

I use the latest Server (5.0.15) to self-host websites on a Mac Mini running El Capitan (10.11.3). I'm not satisfied with the web services (mainly because of this) and I'd like to setup a Linux (LAMP) ...
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How to set left command to Guest VM and right command to Host OS?

I just set up an Arch Linux virtual machine on my Macbook Pro (El Capitan). My goal is, when inside the Arch VM, to use the left command key for anything VM related and the right command key for OSX ...
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To share dynamically network between OSX and Virtual OS

My colleges say that OS cannot dynamically share network between two OS, in contrast to Windows. One college solved the problem by ethernet connection and external network card, discussed here. ...
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CPU Usage shoots all of a sudden while using Ubuntu in Virtual box in MBP

I an using 2015 model of MacBook Pro running Mac OS X Yosemite. I have installed Oracle VirtualBox 4.3.26 which runs Ubuntu 14.04 operating system. I have also installed the guest edition to improve ...
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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 Cmd+...
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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 drives....
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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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OpenGL 2.0 on Windows 10 on VirtualBox on El Capitan

Some software running on Windows 10 requires me to have OpenGL 2.0. I'm running Windows 10 in VirtualBox, which is on El Capitan. How do I install OpenGL 2.0? Please explain as if speaking to a ...
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VirtualBox on iMac with Windows 8.1 - function keys without FN key

I have installed on my iMac (OX X El Capitan 10.11.5) VirtualBox with Windows 8.1. I can use all function keys inside Windows, however only with FN key pressed - is there a way to use the function ...
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How can I rescale cpu frequency in El Capitan on Macbook Pro

I am running Ubuntu in Virtualbox on a Macbook Pro laptop, which has some overheating problem. How can I rescale the cpu frequency in El Capitan on Macbook Pro to a lower level, so as to reduce the ...
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What are current cross-platform disk encryption options?

I just got a new 1TB USB SSD, to use as a backup drive. I need cross-platform compatibility and durability. I've used LUKS+ext4, and it seems both reliable and well-established (i.e. long-term support ...
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Install Windows 7 using VirtualBox error

I am using this tutorial to install Windows 7 on my Mac No bootable device USB 2.0 MacBook Pro mid 2014 but at step 6 I am getting this error: Failed to open the disk image file /Users/...
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Virtualbox passthrough USB token From Commandline

I need to change ownership of a USB token from the host to the Guest Virtual machine in VirtualBox - without removing the token from the Mac. I have it working that you can start up the VM and then ...
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Can “Move to iOS” work on an Android VirtualBox virtual machine?

Is there a way to get "Move to iOS" running on a virtual machine? I tried it but it is always crashing. I want to use it to import SMS to iPhone… My intent was to get some of my old SMS from my ...
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Bootcamp [in another partition] running as Virtual Machine on Mac

I have OS X in partition disk1s2 and Windows/Bootcamp in disk1s3. Is there a way of running this Windows (disk1s3) as virtual machine while I am on OS X? I read something like that for Linux + ...
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Windows 7 on Virtual Box 5 not recognising USB 3

I have Virtual Box 5.0.2 on my Mac (El Capitan) running Windows 7. I also have the Virtual Box extension pack 5.0.2, which supposedly enables USB 2.0/3.0 ports, but I can't see my USB stick in Windows ...
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OSX 10.11 are not booting after update to 10.11.4 in virtualBox

I am a newbie in Mac OS X. I downloaded and installed it fine with boot loader. The issue started when I updated the system to 10.11.4. Every time I start the system, the he loads the update and ...
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How to Speed Up Guest OS in Macbook Air 2013-Mid?

I followed the post here about Solution for Slow Ubuntu in VirtualBox. It is not targeted for OS X. I am feeling rather slow video play (not native) in the system Macbook Air 2013-Mid. I feel that ...
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Copy OS X 10.4.11 Mac to Guest in VirtualBox on OS X 10.7.5 Host to Run PPC Applications?

A user (who may or may not be my mother) has an old MacBook Pro running OS X 10.4.11 that is falling apart. It overheats. The cells in battery expanded beyond the confines the battery casing. She ...
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OS X restart with a Panic Report

I have worked in an environment inside VirtualBox on latest El Capitan OS X on MacBook Pro (Early 2015 13" 16GB RAM). Working with latest Vagrant (v1.8.1) and latest VirtualBox (v5.0.16) installed on ...
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Bootcamp on SSD optical drive bay

How can I install Windows on my SSD located in the optical drive bay? Other than opening my MacBook Pro and switching drives physically and then reswitching them?
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Yosemite on rMBP 15" refuses to boot, fans running high

Everything was great. I hung out in OSX, did some work, then rebooted into Windows (Bootcamp) to play a game. After rebooting back to OSX, i notice that the system is stuck on boot. The apple logo ...
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Hot to enable bridged networking

ProductName: Mac OS X ProductVersion: 10.10.5 BuildVersion: 14F1021 Running VirtualBox and a Solaris guest OS to setup Solaris boot server. Created a bridged network one for the wi-fi on my ...
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Custom screen resolution for a VirtualBox Mac guest?

TL;DR - How do I set a custom screen resolution for a VirtualBox Mac guest? I'm in a situation where I need to keep Snow Leopard (Mac OS X 10.6.8) alive in a VirtualBox setup to run some legacy ...
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How do I use bootcamp or virtualbox to run my windows 7 machine from an external drive on macbook pro?

I already purchased and installed my Windows 7 on an old PC laptop that is about to die. I want to continue using my PC-only programs but I want to upgrade to a macbook pro. I just learned about ...
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How to stop OS X from system sleep when the Display sleeps?

On OS X Yosemite I found that all operations interupt once I switch of the monitor for a while. Most notabaly copy processes of large files, simply pause. Every time OS X puts the Display to sleep (or ...
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How make a ms-dos floppy .img

I'm trying to make a MS-DOS Floppy .img to use in virtualbox, but I don't know how... So far I tried: dd bs=512 count=2880 if=/dev/zero of=floppy.img or dd bs=1024 count=1440 if=/dev/zero of=floppy....
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Virtualizer that provides Retina resolution with Mac OS X as the Guest OS

Do any of the virtualizers running on Mac OS X provide Retina resolution when the Guest OS is Mac OS X? Parallels Desktop For Mac VMware Fusion VirtualBox For example on a MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-...
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How to do raw device access with VirtualBox?

So I am trying to set up raw device access w/ VirtualBox to use a ext4/linux disk as a guest OS within Mac OS X, but haven't succeeded yet. Following the VirtualBox docs, Chapter 9.9.1.1, https://www....
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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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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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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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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 ...