SDB:Install guest operating system on Virtualbox

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This article describes how to install a guest operating system from an ISO image file into VirtualBox

Tested on openSUSE


  • VirtualBox running on supported host operating system (in this case openSUSE 11.2)
  • ISO image of the desired guest operating system

HOWTO guide

Setup an new virtual machine

  • Open VirtualBox and click on the New button and then Next and then enter a name for your virtual machine.
  • Then select the correct Operating System type and the Version from the respective drop down menus and then Next.
  • Select the amount of memory that will be allocated to the guest OS.
Warning: Leave a sufficient amount for host OS itself
  • Select Create new hard disk and click next, a new wizard will pop up.
  • Follow the guide and select either a Dynamically expanding storage or a Fixed-size storage
  • Select the initial size of it. Then click on the Finish button.
  • Click on the Next button and then the Finish button.
  • Select your newly created virtual machine in the VirtualBox main interface and then click on Start.
  • The "First Run Wizard" will pop up.
  • Tell VirtualBox which ISO image file is to be used by selecting ISO Image File and use "Virtual Media Manager" to add your ISO image.
  • The virtual machine will now boot from the image and you should proceed with the OS installation.


  • VirtualBox main interface

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  • Create Virtual Machine dialog box

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  • Using the Virtual Media Manager

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  • openSUSE 11.2 DVD installer running in a virtual machine with openSUSE 11.2 as the host operating system

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