A virtual machine (VM) is a guest Operating System running in a completely isolated environment within a normal host operating system. Modern virtual machines are implemented with either software emulation or hardware virtualization or (in most cases) both together.

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Any reason NOT to run Linux in a VM all the time?

I've switched to using Arch Linux for most of my day to day work and don't need Windows for anything but gaming and the couple of apps that aren't ported to Linux like OneNote. My Linux distro is ...
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Slow Internet Speeds with Backtrack5 R2 in VMware Workstation

I have been trying to get Backtrack5 to run smoothly on my new laptop and have run into a few issues. I have installed a version of Backtrack5 onto another laptop previously as the primary OS, and ...
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VirtualBox guest using Bridged networking unable to obtain DHCP address

I have a computer, called Loki, that works as a virtual machine host and DHCP server. The DHCP daemon is listening on port eth0. Part of /etc/dhcp.conf: subnet 192.168.13.0 netmask 255.255.255.0 { ...
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VirtualBox: two network interfaces (NAT and host-only ones) in a Debian guest on Ubuntu

I created a Debian VM on VirtualBox with two interfaces: a NAT one (for accessing internet) and a host-only one. However, I do not know how to make both interfaces work at the same time. If I the ...
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Partitioning for Web Servers

I was curious what some general best practices are in relation to partitioning for a new Linux VM that will be used as a web server? Are there certain guides that should be consulted or followed? ...
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VNC send Ctrl+Alt+F1-F6 to server

I've been trying to figure this out now for a while, I'm connecting to virtual machines through VNC, and by default you get a graphical or ncurses interface, and CTRL+ALT+F3 takes you to a console ...
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Virtual unix command-line environment on the iPad

Is there a lightweight virtualized Linux or other unix environment that I can run on the iPad? Like VirtualBox for iPad. I only really need a minimal system — something along the lines of Microcore ...
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Command line friendly virtual machine

I've been using Virtualbox for a while now, but the only way I've learned to interact with it is through the graphical interface. Is there a way for me to send bash commands to the vm through the ...
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How to extend an ext3 partition over LVM inside a file (virtual machine)?

I need to extend the root partition of a virtual machine (VM) using LVM (Logical Volume Manager). I can afford a few minutes of downtime so a VM shutdown/reboot is fine. The virtual hard disk is in ...
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Booting the already installed Windows from the VirtualBox installed in Ubuntu

I want to boot the Windows which is installed in laptop's internal harddisk(/dev/sda1) from the VirtualBox installed in my Ubuntu. Can somebody tell me how to do this in VirtualBox.
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Lightweight isolated linux environment

I want an isolated (guest) Linux environment on my computer that I can mess up without worrying about the host. E.g. install a lot of stuff from source without package management, pollute environment ...
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How to access the data stored in guest operating system(i.e Virtual machine) from Host system [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Share memory between a virtual machine and the host I wanted to access the data stored in virtual machine from my host machine. I know that each VirtualMachine will have ...
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Share memory between a virtual machine and the host

Through shmget and shmat, I am able to access the data stored in one program from another program. Here's the gist of the code: key=ftok("shared.c",'c'); shmid=shmget(key,1024,0644|IPC_CREAT); ...
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Virtual machines on different X servers

Is it a good idea to run virtual machine on a different X server? I can switch between them using Ctrl + Alt + Fx shortcuts. If my default X server hangs/crashes, I can still continue to work with the ...
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strange logs in /var/log/messages

My /var/log/messages contain lots of messages like this: Jan 22 05:45:05 vm kernel: hdc: drive_cmd: status=0x41 { DriveReady Error } Jan 22 05:45:05 vm kernel: hdc: drive_cmd: error=0x04 { ...
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How to automatically start and shut down VirtualBox machines?

I need to run a software system that is intended to be installed as an appliance on a dedicated machine. In order to save energy, I plan to run the system on a VirtualBox VM instead. The host is a ...
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Which *nix distro is most lightweight for running virtual machines?

EDIT: This question was expanded to include other Unix-like distros such as Hurd and BSD. Before anyone wonders, I did read related questions and answers; I think I have a sufficiently unique ...
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Unable to boot VM: Error 13: Invalid or Unsupported Executable Format

I used VMWare vConverter and everything converted fine, but when I try to boot I get an error: The physical machine boots correctly, so I don't think it is a source machine issue. I am not sure why ...
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Limit process resource consumption in CentOS 5 (2.6.18 kernel)

I would like to limit the resource (CPU, Memory, and network bandwidth) consumption of processes on the same server. And it will be good if I can migrate processes from one server to another. I ...
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CentOS doesn't know what the internet is

So I've done my share of investigating this problem... I just recently created a CentOS 6 VM on my LinuxMint box using VirtualBox. I left all the recommended values the same upon creation (8GB HDD, ...
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VirtualBox appliance import locks up system

I have a Windows Vista x64 appliance that I am trying to import into the Open Source Edition of VirtualBox on Linux Mint 11 x86-64. The ovf file is 21.3 GB in size. The problem I am having is that ...
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Red Hat Error Class Code: 49 When Attempting To Install Package

I am a Unix noob. I am currently working on a virtual machine that is running Red Hat 4.1.2-41. When I attempt to install a software package, I get the following error: ...
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Will VMX cpu flags increase the speed of virtual machine software , like VirtualBox?

On some CPUs, if I run grep vmx /proc/cpuinfo, I can see a vmx flag under the features entry. Will this feature speed up virtual machine software like VirtualBox?
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Ubuntu installed from mini-ISO under VirtualBox doesn't boot

I installed the mini ISO of Ubuntu 11.04 in VirtualBox. After unmounting the ISO image and booting, I can see only black screen for about two hours? Is it normal? What can I do with it in virtual box ...
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Windows 7/Ubuntu 11 dual boot plus VM?

I have installed Ubuntu on my Windows 7 machine, and can now happily dual-boot. What I'd like to do is retain this set-up but be able to use the same Ubuntu set-up as a virtual machine within ...
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How to determine why a machine is running slowly?

I log into a linux server (installed as a virtual machine) using a graphical ssh client (securessh). This server runs a tomcat5.5 server where nexus is installed. When I type commands or delete/copy ...
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Can libvirt check if virtual machine is fully booted? Can another tool?

I currently have small VM to do certain tests (it has multiple benefits - like testing on another distribution, Fedora 15, as well as running make distcheck without the problem of polluting /). ...
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OpenSolaris vs. Debian for Xen Hypervisor VM server

all. I've just purchased a computer that I'd like to repurpose as a lab server. It's a six-core AMD processor with 8 gigs of ram (16 gig max) and a terabyte hard drive. My idea is to hose Windows, ...
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Can I get full video capabilities in Arch Linux guest on Virtual Box?

I'm trying out arch linux on my win7 host on a VB and I have it installed just fine, the problem is that when I try to use gnome-shell it goes back to fallback mode because it detects that my video ...
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Which Distro/Virtual Machine combination is fast and stable?

For numerous good reasons (you know them best ;-) ) I am willing to switch my Notebook's OS from Windows 7 to Linux very soon. However since I am an absolute Linux beginner I am not committed to any ...
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Looking for small distro (to be installed automatically, with g++ and javac)

I'm looking for linux distro only with comand line and i need in it only g++,javac,python. I found Damn Small Linux but it dont have g++ and javac. It should have it out of the box because linux will ...
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Slow response time with Gnome shell in Virtualbox fullscreen mode

Today I installed Fedora 15 in a VBox VM to try out Gnome 3. After installing the guest extensions almost everything works fine. Except for the slow response time in fullscreen mode (HOST+F). By that ...
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LXC container network/routing issues

I have been experimenting with LXC virtualisation in order to run virtual machines on a dedicated server, but am having trouble setting up the networking properly. I am using veth bridged networking, ...
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XenServer how can I shrink the virtual drive of XenServer domU?

How can I shrink the virtual drive of XenServer image?. I gave 300Gb of space for one image (domU) and that was mistake. Now I want to shrink it. How can I do that? The system is already set up and ...
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KVM guest machine graphics problem

I'm new to KVM. I use the following way to create and start a guest KVM machine. qemu-img create -f raw centos.img 100G /usr/libexec/qemu-kvm -hda ./centos.img -cdrom /usr/local/CentOS_5.6_Final.iso ...
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Xen on openSUSE 11.4

I have done a few installs of openSUSE to use as a Xen dom0 and have not got it working yet. These are the steps I followed: Installed openSUSE 11.4 from Live KDE CD. Installed all updates via ...
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Linux - LXC; deploying images with tiniest possible X11

is it currently possible to setup LXC containers with X11 capabilities? I'm looking forward for the lightest available X11 container (memory-wise), hardware acceleration a plus but not essential. If ...
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CentOS on HyperV - eth0 not in ifconfig?

I've launched a CentOS install in HyperV and assigned a NIC the same way I've done on an Ubuntu VM, however, the device simply isn't picked up. Only my loopback is found by ifconfig. How should I go ...
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What are some alternatives to virtualbox

I have a lot of trouble lately installing on a box that i can't reboot or change the kernel. Is there any other package that supports gre tunnels (if the os supports ) that i can run on linux? ...
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Running Linux virtual machine guest on Linux Host

I have a machine running Debian Linux (stable), but I'd also like a Debian unstable box to use as a sandbox to test and develop. Is there an easy way to create a virtualized Debian unstable machine on ...
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Virtualization solutions under OpenBSD

I use "OpenBSD as my Desktop OS". What are my choices to run a Linux Distribution, or a Windows (XP/7) in a Virtual Machine? I know that the following apps are not available for OBSD: VirtualBox ...
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Multiple dom0's on a single Xen host?

I've recently been researching Xen, and this has come up as a quistion for me. Is it possible to have more than 1 dom0 running on a single Xen host? The reason I ask is that this is very similar ...
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Coreboot + QEMU Tutorial Request (Google has failed)

Can anyone point me in the direction of an end-to-end idiot-proof coreboot+qemu tutorial? I'm having trouble understanding how qemu is set up to emulate different hardware (also having trouble ...
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AES-NI not passed to guest in Virtualbox

I'm trying to use encryption inside a virtual machine. The problem is that the AES-NI doesn't seem to be passed to the guest virtual machine. I have Vt-x enabled. This is my host cpuinfo: processor ...
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Using a LVM partition as a Virtualbox drive

Is it possible to use a LVM partition as a Virtualbox disk? I can't find any option to use a device as a Virtualbox disk, only disk images.
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Using mplayer inside kvm/qemu

Is it possible to use mplayer inside kvm/qemu configuration? What video driver should I use? The only driver that worked was sdl and it was super slow. EDIT: I just found out that VirtualBox works ...
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How secure is Ubuntu in Virtualbox on Windows host?

I have the most recent version of Ubuntu in Virtualbox on Windows 7 host. How secure will that be? I mean if I get malware on windows how will that affect the Ubuntu system I am working on?
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Virtual machine hangs when trying to login after beeing idle for som time

I'm using Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 to run a linux virtual machine, but after some time I can't login to it -- not from the instance on the localmachine or ssh in to the machine. Both give the same ...
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qemu no boot device found!

I am trying to set up a Linux x86_64 virtual machine on a 32bit Linux computer and I've been told aqemu's Wizard is a good option. I can follow the wizard steps, but when I try to start the virtual ...
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How can I install a 64bit Linux virtual machine on a 32bit Linux?

I've got a computer (Intel core i5) with 32bit Linux installed (ubuntu 11.04) and I would like to install a 64bit Linux virtual machine on it so I can test 64bit command-line applications on it.