VirtualBox 4.x

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The following covers the essential steps to implement Oracle VirtualBox on a Windows system. This example installs version 4.3.6 on a Windows 2008 R2 host system. Change as required for your environment.


  • Download Oracle VM VirtualBox
    Example: Windows (32-bit/64-bit) VirtualBox-4.3.6-91406-Win.exe
  • Download Oracle VM VirtualBox Extension Pack
    Example: Oracle_VM_VirtualBox_Extension_Pack-4.3.6-91406.vbox-extpack
  • Download the Corresponding Guest Editions .iso
    Example: VBoxGuestAdditions_4.3.6.iso
  • Download or have available your OS iso files:
  • Create work directories that the VMs can access from the host system.
    Place the corresponding software in the directories.

          Your software directory:
          A directory for ISO files used to create new VMs:
          A directory to transfer files to and from the host:
          A directory for VM files:


Run VirtualBox-4.3.6-91406-Win.exe
1. Welcome
2. Custom Setup
   a. Features
      [Next] Accepting defaults.
   b. Options
      [Next] Accepting defaults.
3. Warning: Network Interfaces
   Note that you will lose connectivity temporarily during this process.
   Proceed: [Yes]
4. Ready to Install

   Installation process runs...

5. Windows Security Popup
   Would you like to install this device software?
      [x] Always trust software from "Oracle Corporation"

   => You will lose network connection at this step.
      Reconnect and continue.

6. Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3.6 installation is complete.
   [x] Start Oracle VM after installation

   The Oracle VM VirtualBox Manager will launch. 

Configure Preferences

From File -> Preferences:

Set directory for your Virtual Boxes.
* General (left list item)
* Default Machine Folder: C:\VirtualBoxes

Disable Updates
* Update (left list item)
  [ ] Check for Updates

Add Extensions Package
* Extensions (left list item)
* Add Package button (small right button).
  Filename: <PathToExt>\Oracle_VM_VirtualBox_Extension_Pack-4.3.6-91406.vbox-extpack
  [Open] -> [Install]

Create Virtual Machine

Configure VM

Example here is of Windows 2008 Server but are generally the same for all OS's.

  1. Select New toolbar button.
  2. Name and Operating System
    • Name: [MyOSName]
    • Type: Microsoft Windows
    • Version: Windows 2008 Server
  3. Memory Size At least 2048mb
  4. Hard Drive
    • (x) Create a virtual hard drive now.
    • [Create]
  5. Hard Drive File Type
    • (x) VDI
  6. Storage On Physical Hard Disk
    • Dynamically allocated
  7. File Location and Size
    • 50gb
    • [Create]

VM OS Installation

  1. Select the Start button
  2. Select Start-up Disk
    • To Use an ISO
      Use full path to your iso file.
      Example: C:\software\iso\WindowsXP.iso
    • To use a DVD
      a. Place installation DVD in drive.
      b. Select 'Host Drive' option.
  3. Follow normal OS installation.
    • [Start]
  4. Set Shared Folders
    • Settings -> Shared Folders
    • Add: C:\software,C:\software\xfer

Install Guest Additions

  1. Start VM.
  2. Install Guest Additions CD Image Shared drives will not be avaible until this is done.
    • Devices -> CD\DVD Devices -> Choose your CD\DVD VBoxGuestAdditions_4.3.6.iso
    • Run install for Guest Editions from mounted .iso drive.
    • Accept defaults then VM reboots.

APPENDIX: Windows 2008

- Windows 2008 R2 Standard (Full Installation) x64
- License Terms: Accept
- Custom (advanced)
- Drive Options - choose: Disk 0 Unallocated Space
  Process runs and multiple reboots will occur.
- On first login set password: [OK]


- English (United States)
- Press Enter to Continue and install OS.
- Accept device settings detected.
- C = Create Partition then ENTER to Install
- Format partition as NTFS (quick format) \\
  Install reboots VM at this point in install... 
- Initial Boot into GUI
  * Welcome [Next]
  * Regional and Language Options [Next]
  * Name: WinXP_VBox, Org:
  * Product Key:

- Computer Info
    Password: ********
  - Date and Time
    (GMT-0500) Eastern Time
    [ ] Auto adjust clock of daylight savings changes
  - Network: (x) Typical
  - Registering Components ...
  - [Finish]

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