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i want a VirualBox for my usb drive
Please do a search. This has been discussed before.
Na na na, come on!
i did but i want it in portableapps.com format
I imagine it's extremely difficult to portabilize if not impossible, since it has to use drivers/system hooks to run (and drivers implies admin rights required, which is a further restriction). And if the technical issues aren't a problem then the legal issues might, especially since Oracle has now taken ownership of VirtualBox.
Yes, it would undoubtedly be very useful/cool but... the conclusion: unlikely to happen.
You would have found the information that Darkbee mentioned if you searched well enough.
You can find Portable-VirtualBox here : http://vbox.me/
I used it for some time and it works great (but now, I installed it on my computer for an everyday use...).
You can follow this steps :
1. create a folder on your usb device for VirtualBox
2. download their installer and put it in the created folder
3. run the installer
4. check options to extract 32bits and 64bits versions
5. run... the installer will download the virtualbox setup or uses the one you've downloaded if you want.
6. Once extracted, you can run portable virtualbox
7. use the tray icon to configure, show, hide, and exit portable virtualbox
8. When your done, just exit...
EDIT : this version may leave traces on pc but you can travel with your vm.
I hope it will help you.
since it needs admin rights to run it on other computer. It needs to install drivers, it needs to configure network access, so it is not as simple as it looks like.
It will definitely not work in places like at work or in cyber cafe etc.
On the other hand, the life installer is also widely used for some portable linux projects, I use myself too and works nice, thought the result is not very practical, the speed of operation of normal usb sticks is too slow for that, an operating system run inside virbox on an usb stick is just for fun, can not be used for anything serious for that.
You right, there are some requirments for VirtualBox, but not limitations at all :
1- admin rights. Many people do have admin rights on the machines they are using. And not every people is going to cyber cafe. Or at least won't need to use VirtualBox while they are in a cyber cafe.
2- fast drives. At least for the virtual disks, you can use an USB hard-drive, which is far more useable than usb flash-drive.
Regarding my expectations, I think it's completelly portable, right ?
under such conditions yes.
The point was just that portable apps as defined by this site do not need admin rights to be run. Apps that need admin rights are not considered portable since they can be used only at home on your own PC, but not while underway, at work etc.
But even here there are some exceptions, e.g. some system utils as defrag etc. which are not portable too, since such system apps need admin rights by the nature of the job they have to do. They can be used at home only.
Sure, at home I can get to admin rights every time, but then there is no real reason to use portable version, I can well install the original too. Particularly since the essential drivers has to be installed on the host PC anyway.
As soon as I come to other computer then the one that is my private one, I can not use it.
Virbox and something on it will run fine from usb hard drive, actually the portable version I was mostly running this way to be of any practical use. I have a copy on one very fast stick, there I have ubuntu on it. Yes it works, but just for the challenge 'eureka it works', but of little practical use.
Even on the usb hard drive the things are very slow, I think this would be application for the upcoming usb3 bus and compatible hard drive really. Probably lot of ram might help, but still lot of back and forth communication has to take place between the storage and the PC, so here even the usb2 bus could be a limit.
I used this portable version long back. What I noticed is your USB drive needs to have the same drive letter on all computers to run Virtual Box. I don't know about the recent version.
If drive letter creates problem it is best to use TrueCrypt. Install TrueCrypt Portable, www.truecrypt.org. Create a new volume and install Virtual Box portable in it. Make sure to mount the volume with the same drive letter every time.
Using TrueCrypt will give you additional security.
Networking in virtual Box.
Each time you sit on a new computer you may need to install the the network drivers.
TrueCrypt and Virtual Box both need Admin Rights.
Experiment this and write back.
I don't want to set it up myself
is there an alternative portable virtual machine program
I did set it up my self but it says the kernal is missing or something like that and I get an error when I want to boot my Virtual Machine
sounds like you did a incorrect install of whatever OS you want.
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Well, the most recent version doesn't need it to be the same drive letter every time, but it appears vbox.me has expired. However, the actual content is still available at their last known ip, 188.8.131.52, so a friend and I grabbed all the files we could, and they are being hosted at his site, daxal.com.
The author hasn't been seen on his support forums since about May, it seems, although updates kept coming up until October.
Anyone feel like picking this up? If I have time, I *might*, but it's not looking very likely.
if you know why "vbox.me" has expired,please send a mail to me.
What/why are you asking? The site is up.
I am a Christian and a developer and moderator here.
“A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” – Proverbs 15:1
did you get answer from it today? I was trying for weeks, no luck, the guy seems to be disappered, in the german forum he was placing his hwtos they di dnot see him for months.
there was some problem with his ISP. It looks like it's been resolved, now, and the domain isn't set to expire until November 2011. If I can find the post, I'll link to it, but I can't seem to find it just now.
Edit: found it.
thanks the author
SORRY for my bad English. I don't understand every details of this discussion but I can suggest to look at the software "Linux Live USB Creator".
In fact, the developper of "LiLiUSB Creator" uses a VirtualBox in portable version :
Personaly I use a Ubuntu LiveUSB with this soft developped for Windows Users and it's really usefull and fonctionnal.
Can it join to the list of PApps Applications ?
I'm the developper of LiLi USB creator.
I would like to clarify things a bit. I did not developped a portable version of VirtualBox. It is just a work based on vbox.me's binaries. My version just virtualizes the disk it is runned from, automatically. It is basically an additional layer over the original binaries.