Creating and configuring a VirtualBox virtual machine on Mac OS with a Linux Ubuntu ISO image

28 August 2023 5 minutes Author: D2-R2

Virtualizing Ubuntu on macOS: The Complete Guide to VirtualBox

The use of virtual machines is becoming increasingly popular, especially for cybersecurity professionals. In this article, we provide a detailed look at creating a virtual machine using VirtualBox on Mac OS using an ISO image of Ubuntu Linux. Ubuntu is one of the most user-friendly yet powerful Linux-based operating systems. Thanks to VirtualBox, Mac OS users can easily run Ubuntu side-by-side with macOS, allowing them to use a variety of tools and applications only available on Linux.

From downloading the correct Ubuntu ISO image to configuring your operating system for maximum performance, our guide provides step-by-step instructions for creating the optimal virtual environment. Additional tips on configuring the network, optimizing the use of RAM and CPU memory, as well as configuring the appearance and functionality of Ubuntu will ensure comfortable use of the virtual machine. As you delve into virtualization on your Mac, VirtualBox and Ubuntu can be a solid tandem for your cybersecurity development. Whether you’re new to the field or a seasoned pro, our guide will provide you with a solid foundation for working and exploring Ubuntu Linux. Experience the power of combining Mac OS, VirtualBox and Ubuntu Linux today by following our expert guide!

What is the difference between VMware Workstation Player and Virtual Box?

Virtual machines are becoming a key tool for those seeking maximum security in the online space. They create an isolated environment that effectively blocks out potential threats and malware. Using a virtual machine reduces the risk of compromising the underlying system and provides an additional layer of protection against intrusions. Thus, for those who want to keep their data safe, virtual machines are becoming an indispensable tool in today’s digital world. VMware Player and VirtualBox are two well-known virtualization platforms for creating a virtual machine. Their key difference is that VMware Player is free for personal use only, while VirtualBox is completely free and open source software available for personal and commercial use. VMware Player is developed by VMware, a leader in virtualization, while VirtualBox is owned by Oracle. “Oracle” is an American corporation that specializes in the production of software, hardware for computing and other products and services in the field of information technology. VirtualBox, thanks to its transparent operation, has a larger set of features and settings, so we consider this virtual machine to be the best. Also, VirtualBox provides more flexible options and this is all thanks to its open source. On top of that, compatibility in VirtualBox, thanks to its open nature, supports a wider range of operating systems compared to VMware Player. Both tools, VMWare Player and VirtualBox, have their merits and each of them may be better depending on the specific use case scenario. The best way to determine which app best suits your needs is to install both and experiment with them. Only practice will help you figure out which virtual machine best meets your requirements.

Step-by-step installation instructions

We download the kali Ubuntu installer

Step 1

Open the Safari browser

Step 2

Go to the link: https://ubuntu.com/download/desktop

Step 3

Click “Download 22.04.3”

Step 4

Click “Allow”

Step 5

Here we can see that our file has been uploaded

We download VirtualBox 7.0

Step 7

Click on the highlighted fragment “macOS/Intel hosts”

Step 8

Double-click the “VirtualBox” icon on the desktop. After that, the VirtualBox window opens with you, on which we also double-click on the selected fragment, as shown in the screenshot

Step 9

Click “Continue”

Step 10

Click “Install”

Step 11

Enter your password to grant permission. And click “Install software”

Step 12

Here we just need to wait for the files to download

Step 13

Installation completed successfully. Click “Continue”

Configuring VirtualBox

Step 14

Double-click the VirtualBox icon

Step 15

Click “Add”

Step 16

We name our virtual machine, specify the path of our ISO image and move on

Step 17

We enter data for the account and move on

Step 18

You can modify the hardware by changing the amount of RAM and the virtual number of CPUs, then click “Next”

Step 19

Choose the size of the Virtual Hard disk (at least 45 GB), and click “Next”

Step 20

Click “Finish”

Step 21

Click “Settings”

Step 22

Click “Additional”. In both cases, select “Bidirectional” and click “OK”

Step 23

Click on the arrow as shown in the screenshot

Step 24

Wait for Ubuntu to finish booting

Step 25

Go to your account

Step 26

In the screenshot you can see the main screen of Ubuntu

Step 27

First, we click on the icon on the main screen. Then select Virtual Screen 1″. After that, select the size that suits us

Step 27

First, we click on the icon on the main screen. Then select Virtual Screen 1″. After that, select the size that suits us

Step 29

We go into the display settings and select the screen resolution we are used to

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