Getting started with virtualization and integrating features

VirtualBox is a user friendly way to deploy and virtualize operating systems on your host machine. In this guide we will be virtualizing Ubuntu 22.04 and implementing many ease-of-use features that expand functionality and simplify operation.
  1. Download VirtualBox
  2. Download Ubuntu Desktop .iso file
  3. Open VirtualBox and follow the slideshow

Installing the OS in VirtualBox Install the operating system through a .iso file and configure the virtual machine's settings

Adding guest additions Guest additions add functionality between the host and guest operating system.
Here we will enable copy-pasting between the host and virtual machine.

Linking a machine folder A machine folder is a permanent shared location between the host operating system and your virtual machine. Files and folders placed inside of the machine folder can be handled from both the host and virtual machine.

Creating snapshots Snapshots, virtual machine restore points, are a major feature and benefit for virtualized operating systems. Do not be afraid to use this feature and take snapshots. Do note that snapshots create system files that vary in size.

Attaching a virtual hard drive Like physical machines, a virtual machine could have virtual drives attached to it. The most common virtual hard drive file type is a .vhd. (The newer standard is .vhdx) These files act as virtual drives that can not only be attached to virtual machines but also attached to your Windows OS through Disk Management.