Installing Debian on Virtualbox

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Installing Debian on Virtualbox

Postby NewBee » 2017-04-26 02:45

Any suggestion on installing Debian on VirtualBox. Any inside tips? Are there any good videos out there?
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Re: Installing Debian on Virtualbox

Postby stevepusser » 2017-04-26 04:47

To build the guest additions in the Debian guest, set up a build environment by installing "module-assistant" and then running in the terminal as root or with sudo:

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m-a prepare

Then "insert" the virtual guest additions ISO into the guest, locate it in /media, and open it up. Then open a terminal there and run as root or with sudo:

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sh ./
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Re: Installing Debian on Virtualbox

Postby phenest » 2017-04-26 08:42

It's a pretty vague question but it is very straight forward to do:
1. Start VirtualBox and select New
2. Select Type and Version as appropriate
3. Memory is your call. 1GB is enough but you can increase it anytime after installing
4. Create a virtual hard disk. The size is your call depending on what you're using it for
5. Now it's created, open Settings and insert your Debian ISO in Storage
6. Start the VM and install

After that, it's as stevepusser says, install guest additions. And that's pretty much it.
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Re: Installing Debian on Virtualbox

Postby Dai_trying » 2017-04-26 09:25

As for video's Youtube has a pretty good selection here, although the content and opinions are the uploaders own.
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Re: Installing Debian on Virtualbox

Postby Payload » 2017-04-30 02:41

I tried Debian in Virtual-Box on my Mac-Book Air before installing it for real. For me, it's pretty easy.
(I am assuming that you are on a 64 bit computer.)
1. Download an iso live image of Debian from (pick a mirror site that is geographically close to you). Pick the desktop you like (cinnamon, gnome, etc)
2. Open virtual box, click "New", and type the name you want, select "Linux" as type, and select "Debian (64-bit)" as the version. Select "Create a virtual hard disk
now" and click Create.
3. Select the location that you want to put your virtual hard disk in. Then, select the size you want (i did 15 GB). Leave the "hard disk file type" and "dynamically
allocated" as default.
4. Start the virtual machine. A dialog box will pop up shortly after, telling you to load the iso image that you previously downloaded.
5. Follow the guided graphical installation in the iso live image. When you are in the partitioning step, just select "use entire disk". This will utilize all the space in
the virtual hard disk that you created in step 3.
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