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Lab – Install a Virtual Machine on a Personal Computer
Part 1: Prepare a Computer for Virtualization
Part 2: Import a Virtual Machine into VirtualBox Inventory
Background / Scenario
Computing power and resources have increased tremendously over the last 10 years. A benefit of having
multicore processors and large amounts of RAM is the ability to use virtualization. With virtualization, one or
more virtual computers can operate inside a single physical computer. Virtual computers that run within
physical computers are called virtual machines. Virtual machines are often called guests, and physical
computers are often called hosts. Anyone with a modern computer and operating system can run virtual
A virtual machine image file has been created for you to install on your computer. In this lab, you will
download and import this image file using a desktop virtualization application, such as VirtualBox.
• Computer with a minimum of 2 GB of RAM and 8 GB of free disk space
• High speed Internet access to download Oracle VirtualBox and the virtual machine image file
Note: The image file is about 2.5 GB, and can grow up to 5 GB after the virtual machine is in operation. While
you can delete the image file after the virtual machine is imported, the 8 GB free disk space requirement is for
users who decide to keep the image file.
Note: To install and run 64bit virtual machines on a host physical computer, the computer needs to be a 64bit
system and have hardware virtualization technology enabled in BIOS. If you are unable to install the virtual
machine image you may need to reboot your computer and enter setup mode in BIOS to enable hardware
virtualization technology under advanced system settings.
Part 1: Prepare a Host Computer for Virtualization
In Part 1, you will download and install desktop virtualization software, and also download an image file that
can be used to complete labs throughout the course. For this lab, the virtual machine is running Linux.
Step 1: Download and install VirtualBox
VMware Workstation Player and Oracle VirtualBox are two virtualization programs that you can download and
install to support the image file. In this lab, you will use VirtualBox.
a. Navigate to http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/server-storage/virtualbox/downloads/index.html
b. Choose and download the appropriate installation file based on your operating system.
c. When you have downloaded the VirtualBox installation file, run the installer and accept the default
Step 2: Download the Virtual Machine image file
The image file was created in accordance with the Open Virtualization Format (OVF). OVF is an open
standard for packaging and distributing virtual appliances. An OVF package has several files placed into one
directory. This directory is then distributed as an OVA package. This package contains all of the OVF files
necessary for the deployment of the virtual machine. The virtual machine used in this lab was exported in
accordance with the OVF standard.