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2017-03-29

Oracle Virtual Box cheat sheet ( revised )

#file: docs/cheat-sheets/vbox/vbox-cheat-sheet.sh
 
# how-to start a vm without ui  
VBoxManage startvm "vm-name" --type headless
 
# how-to start a vm with detachable ui ( no 3D acceleration )
VBoxManage startvm "vm-name" --type separate
 
# how-to save the current state of the vm 
VBoxManage controlvm "vm_name"  savestate
 
# how-to start a vm with ui  
VBoxManage startvm "vm-name"
 
# how-to shutdown a vm
VBoxManage controlvm "vm_name" poweroff
 
 
# add port forwarding from host to guest
VBoxManage modifyvm "vm_name" --natpf1 "5001,tcp,,5001,,5001"
 
#how-to check network settings 
VBoxManage showvminfo "vm_name" | grep NIC
 
 
:: how-to export all myy Virtual box vms in Windows in the current dir in cmd
for /f "tokens=1 delims= " %i in ('VBoxManage list vms') do VBoxManage export %i -o %i.ova
 
for f in $(VBoxManage list runningvms | awk -F\" '{print $2}'); do \
    echo "$f:"; VBoxManage guestproperty enumerate "$f" | grep IP; done ;
 
 
#how-to resize the virtual disk
VBoxManage modifyhd "C:\Users\ysg\VirtualBox VMs\doc-pub-host\doc-pub-host-disk1.vmdk" --resize 20000
 
#you reserved too little space during installation ?! No problem resize the virtual disk :
VBoxManage clonehd "C:\Users\ysg\VirtualBox VMs\doc-pub-host\doc-pub-host-disk1.vmdk" "C:\Users\ysg\VirtualBox VMs\doc-pub-host\doc-pub-host-disk.vdi" --format vdi
VBoxManage modifyhd "C:\Users\ysg\VirtualBox VMs\doc-pub-host\doc-pub-host-disk.vdi" --resize 20480
 
VBoxManage guestproperty enumerate doc-pub-host | grep -i Net | grep -i ip
 
 
 
:: nok Add an IDE controller with a DVD drive attached, and the install ISO inserted into the drive:
VBoxManage storagectl lp_host --name "IDE" --add ide
:: ok 
VBoxManage storageattach lp_host --storagectl "IDE" --port 0 --device 0 --type dvddrive --medium "C:\var\pckgs\gnu\Ubuntu\ubuntu-16.04.1-desktop-amd64.iso"
 
VBoxManage modifyvm %VM% --ioapic on
VBoxManage modifyvm %VM% --boot1 dvd --boot2 disk --boot3 none --boot4 none
VBoxManage modifyvm %VM% --memory 1024 --vram 128
VBoxManage modifyvm %VM% --nic1 bridged --bridgeadapter1 e1000g0
 
 
# how-to backup all my vms ?!
# no need to export to ova , just copy recursively the dir with the *.vbox , *.vdi files
# than add the machines via the UI , machine add , paste the path to the vbox file
# you might need to unregisster vhdds as follows:
vboxmanage closemedium disk '5a5b03ef-0d1e-4708-9c68-11f40b61940f' --delete
 
 
 
 
#
# ---------------------------------------------------------
#    VersionHistory: 
# ---------------------------------------------------------
# export version=1.2.0
# ---------------------------------------------------------
# 1.2.0 -- 2017-03-29 17:06:24 -- ysg -- backup instructios
# 1.1.0 -- 2016-12-01 08:42:59 -- ysg -- 
# 1.0.0 -- 2016-08-16 22:40:16 -- ysg -- 
# ---------------------------------------------------------
 
#eof file: docs/cheat-sheets/vbox/vbox-cheat-sheet.sh

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