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Windows 7: Creating VM in virtual box with Ubuntu

06 Jun 2012   #1
Bearcatrp

Win7 Pro 64
 
 
Creating VM in virtual box with Ubuntu

I already have Ubuntu set up as a dual boot with win7 64. Is there a way to install virtual box and create a vm (point it to the installed Ubuntu) so I don't have to reinstall Ubuntu? I currently have Ubuntu on my second hard drive. This will be my 1st time using virtual box. Have used fusion on my prior macs so know a little about vm's. Or better to uninstall and start from scratch? Thanks.


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07 Jun 2012   #2
windude99

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bearcatrp View Post
I already have Ubuntu set up as a dual boot with win7 64. Is there a way to install virtual box and create a vm (point it to the installed Ubuntu) so I don't have to reinstall Ubuntu? I currently have Ubuntu on my second hard drive. This will be my 1st time using virtual box. Have used fusion on my prior macs so know a little about vm's. Or better to uninstall and start from scratch? Thanks.
Sorry, there is no way to do that. Be sure to back up your data and create a list of programs that you had on Ubuntu so you can get the virtual machine as close to the original Ubuntu as possible.
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07 Jun 2012   #3
Trinty

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 - Service Pack 1
 
 

Hello, Bearcatrp.

You can't find any VirtualBox for Linux based OS.

There is similar program called VMware Player. That is very good free program , for me better than VirtualBox, and you can find it in version for Windows based os and Linux based os.

To download it you need to create account on VMware (That is Free Account) and you can download this software.

VMware Player

I hope that will help you
Trinty.
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07 Jun 2012   #4
windude99

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Trinty View Post
Hello, Bearcatrp.

You can't find any VirtualBox for Linux based OS.

There is similar program called VMware Player. That is very good free program , for me better than VirtualBox, and you can find it in version for Windows based os and Linux based os.

To download it you need to create account on VMware (That is Free Account) and you can download this software.

VMware Player

I hope that will help you
Trinty.
He is talking about running Ubuntu IN Virtualbox and ON Windows 7. Virtualbox runs Ubuntu just fine as I have run Ubuntu in Virtualbox before.
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07 Jun 2012   #5
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Trinty View Post
Hello, Bearcatrp.

You can't find any VirtualBox for Linux based OS.
You need to be more careful when presenting your thoughts as facts. Of course there is VirtualBox for Linux, as well as for Solaris/Unix and Mac OSX.

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https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

Kari


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07 Jun 2012   #6
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Kari,

Thank you, I was thinking WTF is this person talking about.
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08 Jun 2012   #7
Bearcatrp

Win7 Pro 64
 
 

Thanks for the help. Will give it a shot in a couple days after I remove Ubuntu and fix the MBR. Thanks again.
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08 Jun 2012   #8
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

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08 Jun 2012   #9
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
If I understand OP correctly he wanted to keep his current Ubuntu installation and treat it as a vm, in other words access that installation on its physical location from a virtualization platform. That is, as far as I know, not possible.

Your tip is in my opinion the best he could do, convert existing Ubuntu installation to a vhd.

Kari
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08 Jun 2012   #10
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Yes I see what you mean Kari. At least this way he doesn't have to start from scratch.
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