I have started to test Ubuntu 18.04 version… so, I installed it on my Windows 10 test machine with VirtualBox installed on it. For those wanting to test Ubuntu 18.04 , the steps below will show you how to install it properly, since Guest Additions software isn’t working out of the box.
VirtualBox Guest Addition Software is a suite of utilities that enhances the virtual machine’s operating systems and improves the management of the machine. When you install a new operating system on a VirtualBox virtual machine, your first task should be to install the Guest Addition Software.
Also, the tool provides tight integration between the host and virtual machine operating systems, improvement to the VM graphics performance, Shared folder between the host and guest machines, copying and pasting of text, images and files between the host and guest machine as well as mouse improvement.
So, VirtualBox Guest Additions tool is pretty important to have on the guest operating system.
Before installing VirtualBox guest additions tool, run the commands below on the Ubuntu guest machine first.
sudo apt install linux-headers-$(uname -r) build-essential dkms
After installing the packages above, restart and continue installing the Guest Additions Tool…
To install VirtualBox Guest Additions software on Ubuntu virtual machine operating systems, select the Devices from VirtualBox host application menu and click Insert Guest Additions CD image…
This should mount a virtual CD/DVD drive inside the Ubuntu guest machine. When that happens, you should get a prompt to run the software. Click Run to begin the installation.
You will have to type your password to install the software. If your account is not an administrative account, the installation will fail..
The Guest Additions suite of utilities is the official tools for VirtualBox virtual guest machines…
Restart the guest machine and you’re set.
To enable copying and pasting between the guest machine and the host, go to the guest machines settings page (General –> Advanced) and enable it as shown below
Congratulations! You’ve successfully installed VirtualBox guest additions software on Ubuntu guest machine.
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