Ubuntu 14.04: Virtualization

This is a continuation of my series on installing Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr.  My previous post covered going through the different media programs that I installed back onto my laptop.  In this post, I’ll install Virtualbox to allow using virtual machines.  If you would like to see the complete list of posts, check out my Ubuntu 14.04 install page.

Last time, I just downloaded the deb package from Virtualbox’s Download website.  This time, they showed that they have a respository.  By installing from the repository, it should keep Virtualbox up to date.

So, I opened up Software & Updates and went to the “Other Software” tab.  I added the following repository entry:

deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian trusty contrib

Adding the virtual box repository

Then, I clicked reload to update.

Reloading Sources

Next, I ran this to download the key:

wget -q http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian/oracle_vbox.asc -O- | sudo apt-key add -

To install, I ran:

sudo apt-get install virtualbox-4.3

Next, I downloaded the Extension Pack directly from Oracle’s website.  When I opened it, it opens with Virtualbox and offers to install it.  I had to agree to the agreement and put in my root password.

Installing Virtualbox Extensions

Now, I am ready to go and create some machines or restore my old machines!

Update (7/4/2014): Local Network

I had an issue with one of my machine’s networking not working, and I finally realized that it was because I had not created a Host Only network.  I went to File > Preferences.  Then, under Network and the Host-only Networks tab, I created a new network with the default name (vboxnet0).

Creating a Host-Only Network

Next Steps

If you are following along in the installation series, you can proceed to the next post about hybrid graphics cards.  Or, you can jump to the main installation page and see the list of posts in this series.

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