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VirtualBox 3.1: Beginner's Guide by Alfonso V Romero

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Time for action—using VBoxManage to start a virtual machine

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.

Note

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 VBoxManage command.

  1. Make sure VirtualBox is closed and, then open a Command Prompt window.
  2. Type"C:\Program Files\Sun\VirtualBox\VBoxManage"list ...

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