Cheat Sheet

Useful VirtualBox tricks

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Check your VirtualBox version.

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Open your Virtualbox version.

Download Oracle_VM_VirtualBox_Extension_Pack.vbox-extpack.

Open Virtualbox VM Manager, go to File -> Preferences, Select Extension.

Now add extension by browsing to download location.

SSH to NAT guest

Open the VM Settings, go to Network.

In your adapter tab, click on Advanced. Then click on Port Forwarding.

Add a rule as follows:



Host IP

Host Port

Guest IP

Guest Port



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Now from you host run:

ssh -p 2222


Shared Folder

Install Guest Additions.

Install Extension Pack.

In your guest, create a folder to be used to mount the shared folder.

sudo mkdir /windows
sudo chown $USER:$USER /windows

Power off the VM.

Open your VM settings and add a shared folder.

Turn on your VM.

Test mounting your folder.

sudo mount -t vboxsf -o uid=$UID,gid=$UID windows /windows

Setup fstab.

echo "windows		/windows	vboxsf	uid=$UID,gid=$UID	0	0" >> /etc/fstab

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