Saturday, December 13, 2014

VirtualBox Extension on Google Cloud Compute Engine

I was trying to install the VirtualBox 4.3.20 Oracle VM VirtualBox Extension Pack (found here) on my Google Cloud Compute VM Instance after setting up the X11 forwarding so that I could use the GUI for virtualbox.

I downloaded the extensions file, then opened the GUI, chose "File" --> "Preferences" --> Extensions and then the button to include extensions (the blue box with a down arrow). From there, I directed it to the file I'd downloaded and it wanted a password to confirm that it was okay to install the extension file... but I have no SSH password because that's not how the Cloud Compute Instance works...

So, I logged in from my machine's terminal again, but this time where it has my machine name (eg: "machine-name"), I put "root@machine-name" instead. Then, I went into the GUI, clicked on the "Computer" option, then "home", then the file in question and it installed beautifully.

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