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#1 pete_c



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Posted 06 April 2019 - 11:16 AM

Here have been running a Windows VB on my main automation server which is running Ubuntu 18.04 64 bit and recently upgraded to VirtualBox 6.0.


I have had issues autostarting the VB using standard virtual box autostart. 


Found a new way to do this this morning and it works well.


Documenting here on a post.


Get rid of vboxautostart-service


1 - sudo systemctl disable vboxautostart-service

2 - sudo rm -rf /lib/systemd/system/vboxautostart-service.service

3 - sudo rm -rf /etc/vbox


User permissions for Virtualbox


1 - type groups to see if you are in the vboxusers group


[email protected]:~$ groups
pete adm cdrom sudo dip plugdev lpadmin sambashare vboxusers

2 - if not put yourself in the vboxusers group typing:

sudo usermod -a -G vboxusers pete


3 - type groups again to make sure you are in the group vboxusers


New Unit File for systemd


1 - Create a new Unit file

sudo nano /etc/systemd/system/vm_autostart_name.service

IE: sudo nano /etc/systemd/system/vm_autostart_W7.service


2 - use this text as a template: (I used vm_name=W7)

Description=VM vm_name
After=network.target vboxdrv.service
Before=runlevel2.target shutdown.target
ExecStart=/usr/bin/VBoxManage startvm vm_name --type headless
ExecStop=/usr/bin/VBoxManage controlvm vm_name acpipowerbutton


Reload systemd daemon


sudo systemctl daemon-reload


Using the service


1 - Enable the service


sudo systemctl enable vm_autostart_name


2 - Start, Stop and Status of service


sudo systemctl start vm_autostart_name
sudo systemctl stop vm_autostart_name
sudo systemctl status vm_autostart_name


That's it.  Works great over here.





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