In this exercise, I'll show you how easy it is to use the VBoxManage interface to start a virtual machine without having to start the VirtualBox GUI. In this exercise, I'm using a Windows XP for the host PC and PuppyLinux as the guest virtual machine.
When using the
VBoxManage command on a Windows host, you need to add the full path to the VBoxManage command. Another option is to add the VirtualBox installation folder—the default being
"C:\Program Files\Sun\VirtualBox\"—to your system path.
On Linux systems, you don't have to specify the VirtualBox path when using the
"C:\Program Files\Sun\VirtualBox\VBoxManage"list ...