Looking for some good software for your virtualization needs? Look no further! VirtualBox is a great software for running the obvious, like Windows, to running the unknown, like JRocketVE or L4. This simple tutorial tells you how to make a virtual machine in VirtualBox. Here’s what you’ll need:
VirtualBox and an Operating System of your choice.
I will be installing Windows 3.1 on my Virtual machine today. Let’s go ahead and get started!
- Open up VirtualBox and click “New”
- Click next.
- Now, name your VM and choose a preset for the OS, then click next. I will be doing Windows 3.1.
- Assign some RAM. VirtualBox will set it automatically to the recommended setting. In my case, 32 MB.
- You will be prompted to make a start-up disk. Click next.
- Now you will make your virtual hard disk, which will be your start-up disk. A virtual hard disk is an archive that virtualization applications use that act like real hard drives. Though VirtualBox gives you plenty of choices for format, I prefer VHD. You can open a .VHD file with 7-Zip! Choose your format and click next.
- Now, you will need to choose whether your virtual hard disk will be dynamically allocated or fixed size. I used to use fixed size, but it took too long to make and the files where just too big, so I now use dynamically allocated.
- Now, you choose the name and size of your virtual hard drive. My recommended size is 1 GB. Choose the name and size and click next.
- You will now get a summary of your hard drive. Click create.
- Click create.
- If you are starting from an ISO file or a CD, you can go ahead and boot your virtual machine. If you are booting from a floppy drive, you have to follow some extra steps:
- Click settings. You will have to wait for it to load for a moment.
- Go into “Storage”
- Now click this button and “Add Floppy Controller.”
- Click this button and then click “Choose disk.”
- Now select your .IMG or .IMA file and click open. Now click ok.
- You can now start your VM. If you didn’t need a floppy disk, a first-run dialog will open asking for the CD device input.
- You can now install your OS on your brand new VM!
Hope you enjoyed this simple tutorial! Tell me if you think I should do a VMWare version of this tutorial!
Also, our IRC Q+A session (and the whole channel) and Google+ hangout have been canceled. We aren’t getting anybody to come. Oh well, it’s one of those failures that you learn from. And, I have updated GB7 OS, so check the special downloads page for that!