Base Ubuntu VM Build¶
We start by building a base Ubuntu VM image, from which we can clone other guests.
First, download a suitable supported Ubuntu desktop distribution.
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In VirtualBox, create a new Ubuntu guest with 1024MB of RAM and 12GB of storage (or other values as appropriate). Consider creating the hard disk as fixed size to improve performance.
Go into the guest settings to configure it to boot off the ISO. Under Storage, click on the Controller: IDE row and then click on the Add CD/DVD Device Icon, “Choose disk” and browse to the ISO:
Do the same process to add the ISO for the Guest Additions. On Windows it is located in C:Program FilesOracleVirtualBoxVBoxGuestAdditions.iso
As above, there should now be two ISO files associated.
Start the VM and install Ubuntu as per the defaults (or your own preferences!)
Install VirtualBox Additions¶
Once the build is completed and the guest is running, log in and start a terminal window (CTRL+ALT+T). Install the VirtualBox additions for improved host-guest integration:
Look for the appropriate subdirectories that contain the correct additions version. Example: