This article describes how to install Oracle VM virtual box in a host machine Windows operating system.
Virtual Box is a cross-platform virtualization application. It installs on your existing Intel or AMD-based computers, whether they are running Windows, Mac, Linux or Solaris operating systems. Secondly, it extends the capabilities of your existing computer so that it can run multiple operating systems at the same time. So, for example, you can run Windows and Linux on your Mac, run Windows Server 2008 on your Linux server, run Linux on your Windows PC, and so on, all alongside your existing applications. You can install and run as many virtual machines as you like — the only practical limits are disk space and memory. It can run everywhere from small embedded systems or desktop class machines all the way up to datacenter deployments and even Cloud environments. Below mentioned are some basic advantages of using virtual box.
- Running multiple operating systems simultaneously
- Easier software installations or uninstallations
- Testing or disaster recovery
- Infrastructure consolidation
When dealing with virtualization and also for understanding the documentation, it helps to acquaint oneself with a bit of crucial terminology, especially the following terms,
- Host operating system (host OS): This is the operating system of the physical computer on which VirtualBox was installed. There are versions of VirtualBox for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and Solaris hosts
- Guest operating system (guest OS): This is the operating system that is running inside the virtual machine. Theoretically, VirtualBox can run any x86 operating system.
- Virtual machine (VM): This is the special environment that VirtualBox creates for your guest operating system while it is running. They include hardware settings, as well as state information.
- Download appropriate version of Oracle VM virtualbox software for your host operating system setup from www.virtualbox.org
- Installation can be started by double clicking on the executable file. This will open the installation welcome dialog as shown in the figure below. You can proceed further for installation by clicking next.
- In this screen you can customize or change the components or features to be installed. Once you chose what to install click next to continue.
- On this below screen click Yes to continue.
- Installation process will start now and the progress of installation will be displayed as a bar.
- Next, click on finish to exit the installer and make sure “Start Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0.8 after installation” is checked.
- Once the installation finishes, virtual box opens and the screen looks like in the picture below.