Installing VirtualBox Guest Additions On Ubuntu Server 12.04


Trying to install the VirtualBox guest additions in a non desktop system I encounter errors. Luckily the solution wasn’t too difficult to fix.


Vbox Guest Additions CD Image Menu
Use the Virtualbox menu to install the guest additions CD image

Mount the Guest Additions CD.
sudo mount /dev/cdrom /media/cdrom

Install kernel build software:
sudo apt-get install -y dkms build-essential linux-headers-generic linux-headers-$(uname -r)

Run the installer on the CD:
sudo sh /media/cdrom/

Windows system drivers fail
Expect the “Installing the Window System drivers” to fail because on a server X windows (GUI) is not typically installed and therefore is not relevant.


Not as simple as the desktop version but for a non GUI installer it should not be beyond many people who are familiar with command line. It’s a shame Oracle hasn’t improved the script for the server edition.

Installing VirtualBox Guest Additions on Ubuntu Server

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