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Install Oracle Virtual Box “Mac Virtual Machine” on PC, Windows, Linux

Download and Install Oracle Virtual Box “Mac Virtual Machine” on PC, Windows, Linux:

What is Virtual Box?
Did you guys have ever heard or used virtual machine. If not, will explain you briefly what a virtual machine is.  A virtual machine is just like an emulator of a particular computer system. Oracle Virtual Box is nothing but a virtual machine. Using the Virtual Box we can use the techniques and features such as Easier software installations, Infrastructure consolidation Testing, Running multiple operating systems simultaneously, and Disaster recovery.


Virtual Box Compatibility:

Windows hosts:

  • Windows XP, all service packs (32-bit)
  • Windows Server 2003 (32-bit)
  • Windows Vista (64-bit & 32-bit)
  • Windows Server 2008 (64-bit & 32-bit)
  • Windows 7 (64-bit & 32-bit)
  • Windows 8 (32-bit & 64-bit)
  • Windows Server 2012 (64-bit)

Mac OS X hosts:

  • 6 (Snow Leopard, 32-bit & 64-bit)
  • 7 (Lion, 32-bit & 64-bit)
  • 8 (Mountain Lion, 64-bit)
  • 9 (Mavericks, 64-bit)

Linux hosts (32-bit and 64-bit):

  • 10 (Saucy Salamander), 13.04(Raring Ringtail), 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal), 12.04 (Precise Pangolin), 11.10(Oneiric Oncelot), 11.04 (Natty Narwhal), 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat), 10.04 (Lucid Lynx),
  • Debian GNU/Linux 6.0 (squeeze) and 7.0 (wheezy)
  • Oracle Enterprise Linux 5, Oracle Linux 6
  • Redhat Enterprise Linux 5 and 6
  • Fedora Core 6 to 19
  • Gentoo Linux
  • openSUSE 12.2, 12.1, 11.4, 11.3, 11.2, 11.1, 11
  • Mandriva 2010 and 2011

Solaris hosts (64-bit only) :

  • Solaris 11 , also including Solaris 11 Express
  • Solaris 10 (u8 and higher versions)

How to download and install Virtual Box for Windows, Linux, Mac and Solaris:
You can download the .exe or .dmg file of virtual box from Virtual Box Downloader. You can begin the installation process by double clicking on the .exe file or using the following command:

Virtualbox.exe –extract
 in the command line. By using any of these methods the installers gets extracted to a temporary directory. Then run this command to perform installation:

msiexec /i VirtualBox-<version>-MultiArch_<x86|amd64>.msi

How to work with Virtual Box:
Launch the Virtual Box virtual machine. At first there will not be any guest operating systems on your machine. You can add your desired guest operating systems on your machine by clicking on New icon. Once you click on the New icon a window will appear asking you to choose the operating system: Windows, Linux, MAC etc… Name the operating system as you desire, select the type of the operating system and then choose your operating system version based on your requirement. Finally, tap on Ok button to begin the creation of guest operating system. You can manage your settings by clicking on the Settings icon

Virtual Box installation

Now you are done with creating a guest operating system. Let’s begin the launch of the existing guest operating system. Select the guest operating system from the list of added guest operating systems. Click on Start icon to launch the guest operating system. Now your desired operating system is ready to work on. You can add as many operating systems you need using the Virtual Box. Not only, windows, linux, MAC operating systems etc… Even you can add Ubuntu, Chrome OS and Android etc… without purchasing new machines you run as many operating systems as you want on a single machine and even enjoy features of all machines at a single machine using Virtual Box. This is how virtual box helps you in providing multiple guest operating systems on a single host machine.


Originally posted 2014-11-04 09:12:40.