VirtualBox

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VirtualBox is virtualization software with not-so-much glidges.

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[edit] use it

To use it, find out your distribution and proceed accordingly:

[edit] SUSE Linux 12.2 to 13.1

  • install it
yast -i virtualbox-qt
  • start it
/etc/init.d/vboxdrv start
VirtualBox

[edit] SUSE Linux 12.1

  • install it
yast -i virtualbox-qt
  • start it
VirtualBox

[edit] SUSE Linux 11.4

  • install it
yast -i virtualbox
  • start it
VirtualBox

[edit] SUSE Linux 11.3

  • install it
yast -i virtualbox-ose
  • load its kernel module
modprobe vboxdrv
  • start it
VirtualBox

[edit] Virtualize your computer

Let's imagine you want to run an exact copy of your notebook inside VirtualbOx. We call this to virtualize your computer. First, you will need a disk dump from your notebook's harddisk. You can dump the disk over the network onto your desktop using the command

dd if=/dev/sda | ssh root@desktop "cat > hdimage.img"

In this case you would get a file hdimage.img on the computer named desktop. Your only harddisk must be /dev/sda.

Now convert this image:

tweedleburg:~ # VBoxManage convertdd hdimage.img test.vdi
Converting from raw image file="hdimage.img" to file="test.vdi"...
Creating dynamic image with size 7682605056 bytes (7327MB)...

Next, fire up VirtualbOx and Choose New Virtual machine -> Use existing harddisk. Point the wizard to test.vdi and see if it works.

[edit] Hints

[edit] TroubleShooting

Error message:

Failed to open a session for the virtual machine

Solution:

/etc/init.d/vboxdrv start