July 28, 2011
I’ve been trying to set up a CentOS VM in VirtualBox, and had a lot more trouble than I’ve had with other Linux distros. The prebuilt image I tried from virtualboxes.org had issues with the networking adapter and keyboard layout. Trying the minimal or network installer had the same problems.
I was eventually able to solve it by installing from the Live CD disk image.
April 14, 2011
Want a Subversion server? Your options usually boil down to:
- Pay for an expensive hosted solution.
- Use an unreliable or crippled free hosted solution.
- Wait for your IT department to set one up for you.
- Slog through setting one up yourself.
Maybe setting up a Subversion server is easy if you’re a Linux expert, but, if you’re anything like me, there are a million things that can go wrong in the configs, and no online guide gets all the instructions right.
Well, as of now there’s a better solution. I’m posting a virtual machine image that has a working Subversion installation, tied to Apache. Download it, start it, and you’ve got a Subversion server!
It’s a VirtualBox image running Fedora 14. It includes a README file with instructions on how to start and access svn, and add new users. Download it here:
Unfortunately, I can’t provide any support for this image (I just cobbled it together myself). But I hope it’s helpful!
November 5, 2010
I’m running VirtualBox on a Mac OS X host, and I had one .VDI hard disk file that I needed to duplicate into three and use them all at the same time. When I tried to load them all into different VMs inside VirtualBox, I got an error that a hard disk with that UUID was already in use.
Turns out that you can’t just duplicate the hard disk file–you need to use a command called VBoxManage to do it. But it took me a while to find out how to run that command on a Mac.
Here’s what you need to do in a console window:
/Applications/VirtualBox.app/Contents/MacOS/VBoxManage clonevdi path/to/yourold.vdi path/to/vditocreate.vdi
It will probably take a while, and it will only update the progress indicator every 10% or so, so have some patience and you should be set. Once the duplicate is made, just create a new VM in VirtualBox, and choose your new .VDI file.