VM Setup with VirtualBox

In this section you will find instructions on how to setup an Ubuntu 16.04 VM in VirtualBox

VirtualBox Setup

Download VirtualBox from official web site. Choose the installer matching your operating system and architecture.

Installation process is straightforward, refer to VirtualBox official documentation if you encounter any problem.


After you downloaded executable, double click on it to launch the installer.

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Customize VirtualBox features an paths if you need to or leave default ones

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And start the installation process

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Click on “Finish”

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VirtualBox is now installed. And will automatically be launched


After you downloaded the package, double click on it. The “Ubuntu Software Center” will pop up, click on “Install” to start the installation process

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You will be prompted for administrator password.

At the end of the installation process, launch VirtualBox.

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Virtual Machine Setup

Now that VirtualBox is installed on the system it is time to setup our Ubuntu VM.

Click the light blue New button in VirtualBox user interface.

Choose a name for the Virtual Machine and select the appropriate VM type and version

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Then select the amount of memory you want to assign to the VM, Ubuntu recommends at least 512 MB of memory but we are going to need more than that to run GeoNode refer to System Preparation & Prerequisites sections for details.

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Create a new virtual disk for the VM. Againg, refer to System Preparation & Prerequisites section for details about disk size, for testing purposes 30 GB will be enought.

Now edit the Virtual Machine settigs

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Under “Storage” select the empty DVD drive, click on Live CD/DVD as shown below

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Click on the DVD icon next to the Optical Drive drop down menu and select the Ubuntu 14.04 .iso file from your file system

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Edit other VM setting if you need to, then click OK.

We are ready to start our Ubuntu VM for the first time. Select it from the main menu and click on Start

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Ubuntu will start the boot process

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At the end of the boot process you will be asked if you want to Try Ubuntu or Install Ubuntu. Select the language in the left panel and click on Install Ubuntu

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The installer will check your internet connection and available disk space. If you are connected to the internet check the Download updates while installing checkbox.

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Click on continue. In the page you will configure the partitioning of the disks. If you recall we have created a new virtual disk during the VM configuration process for Ubuntu. We are going to assign the entire disk to it. Select Erase disk and install Ubuntu, then Install Now

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You will be prompted for confirmation.

Now select the correct time zone for your location, then select the language for the VM and enter the details for the administrator user.

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The installation will continue automatically. At the end of the installation process a pop up window will ask you to restart the system to start using Ubuntu. Click on Restart Now

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