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Need some help with Virtualization on Ubuntu Server 10.04

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September 24, 2010 11:47:32 PM

I'm wanting to run all of my virtual machines off of my server from now on, as that's the most logical thing to do in my mind. I have VirtualBox 3.2 installed, and from there on I'm pretty much stuck. I don't really want to have to use the CLI for creating and modifying virtual machines, so I've been looking for a Web GUI front-end for VirtualBox. I tried phpVirtualBox, but I can't quite seem to get it to work... I downloaded the phpVirtualBox .zip file, extracted them to /var/www/phpvirtualbox-0.5/, and then downloaded their example vboxwebsrv script, which I put in /usr/bin/. I editted vboxwebsrv and config.php using my username and password on my server. Should work in theory, but when I direct my browser to the index, I get the error:

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An error occurred communicating with your vboxwebsrv. No more requests will be sent by phpVirtualBox until the error is corrected and this page is refreshed. The details of this connection error should be displayed in a subsequent dialog box.


Now, I didn't do any configuring to VirtualBox after installation, so I don't know if that has anything to do with it. Do I have to make a username/password for VirtualBox, or am I correct in just using my standard username/password for Ubuntu Server? Any information would be greatly appreciated. Any other GUI's that may be out there I'd be interested in as well.

Thanks, lemme know if you need more info.


- Jesse
September 26, 2010 12:44:47 AM

I am pretty sure VMware Server is a web-based GUI just like you need.
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September 26, 2010 11:09:05 PM

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I am pretty sure VMware Server is a web-based GUI just like you need.


Yeah, I figured it would. I just wanted to try to use VirtualBox as that's what I'm familiar with. I'll head over to the VMware site and take a peek right now.

Thanks,


- Jesse
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September 27, 2010 6:12:27 AM

The GUI is just an interface to vboxmanage, so you could follow the good old UNIX tradition of doing everything from the command line (using ssh). There are a few pointers in this link.
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September 27, 2010 1:53:53 PM

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The GUI is just an interface to vboxmanage, so you could follow the good old UNIX tradition of doing everything from the command line (using ssh). There are a few pointers in this link.


Yeah, I'm starting to consider that at this point. Trying to install VMware server did not go well, as I found conflicting info on damn near every site I went on. I'd rather just use VirtualBox anyways. Thanks for the link.
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September 30, 2010 1:36:53 AM

Alright, well I managed to get VMware Server up and running. The Web UI is up and running as well, and I've made my first virtual machine. The only problem is... I don't know how to access it. I installed VMware Player on my desktop, thinking that'd be the logical way to.. play VM's, but I don't see any way to do so. I honestly just have no clue how to connect, so any ideas?

Thanks,


- Jesse
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September 30, 2010 6:22:34 AM

You access it via the web browser (as I recall). There should be an option in the management page to create a shortcut to the console for the VM (but it's a while since I used VMware Server, so I don't remember the exact details). VMWare Player is only for running VMs locally.
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September 30, 2010 1:59:45 PM

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You access it via the web browser (as I recall). There should be an option in the management page to create a shortcut to the console for the VM (but it's a while since I used VMware Server, so I don't remember the exact details). VMWare Player is only for running VMs locally.


Ahh, gotcha. That'd make more sense :)  I'll have to give that a try after school. I actually made some pretty decent progress in getting VirtualBox to work with phpVirtualBox (not quite there yet, have some ideas), so hopefully I can get that working tonight. VBox > VMware, IMO :D 
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October 1, 2010 12:13:46 AM

Got phpVirtualBox working :D 
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October 7, 2010 11:57:05 PM

Best answer selected by Pyroflea.
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November 15, 2010 4:39:08 PM

This topic has been moved from the section Linux/Free BSD to section Business Computing by Jpishgar
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