Install VirtualBox 4.2 on CentOS 6 / RHEL 6

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Oracle VirtualBox is open source virtualization product for enterprise as well as home purpose, It is a x86 fully virtualizer for general purpose desktops. It is released under GNU GPL License. You can download it from official website.

It supports multiple guest operating system:

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  • Windows NT
  • Windows 2000
  • WIndows XP (32 bit/64 bit)
  • Windows Vista (32 bit/64 bit)
  • Windows 7 (32 bit/64 bit)
  • Windows 8 (32 bit/64 bit)
  • Windows 2003 Server (32 bit/64 bit)
  • Windows 2008 Server (32 bit/64 bit)
  • Ubuntu 5.10 / 6.06 Desktop / 7.04 – 12.10
  • Debian
  • openSUSE
  • Mandriva
  • Fedora
  • RHEL/CentOS
  • Mac OS X
  • Solaris
  • FreeBSD
  • OpenBSD

This tutorial shows how to install VirtualBox 4.2.10(Latest VirtualBox 4.2) on CentOS 6 / RHEL 6  via yum repository.

Step 1: Open terminal ( Accessories ——> System Tools ——> Terminal).

Step 2: Install header and development tools.

[root@itzgeek~/# yum install kernel-devel kernel-headers
[root@itzgeek~/# yum groupinstall “Development Tools”
[root@itzgeek~/# yum update

Step 3: Download Oracle public key.

[root@itzgeek~/# wget http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian/oracle_vbox.asc

Step 4: Import Oracle public key.

[root@itzgeek~/# rpm –import oracle_vbox.asc

Step 5: Download CentOS 6 / RHEL 6 repo file for VirtualBox and Move it into /etc/yum.repos.d directory.

[root@itzgeek~/]# wget http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/rpm/el/virtualbox.repo
[root@itzgeek~/]# mv virtualbox.repo /etc/yum.repos.d/

Step 6: Install VirtualBox 4.2 (This for VirtualBox 4.2.x version) and dkms.

[root@itzgeek~/]# yum install VirtualBox-4.2 dkms

Note: dkms package is to ensure that the VirtualBox host kernel modules (vboxdrv, vboxnetflt and vboxnetadp) are properly updated if the linux kernel version changes during the next kernel upgrade

Step 7: Add your user name in to vboxuser group.

[root@itzgeek~/]# usermod -a -G vboxusers itzgeek

Step 8: Start VirtualBox using following command.

[root@itzgeek~/]# virtualbox

Now you can start adding VM’s on VirtualBox.

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