vbox command

Controlling the VirtualBox VM

Nowthat we have VirtualBox installed and a VM guest created we need to control andmodify the VM

How to List VM information

How to show the VirtualBox VM info

vmadmin$VBoxManage showvminfo <vmname>

How to show the VM Harddrive info

vmadmin$VBoxManage showhdinfo <filename>

How to list running VM

vmadmin$VBoxManage list runningvms

How to list available VM

vmadmin$VBoxManage list vms

How to list available VM Harddrives

vmadmin$VBoxManage list hdds

How to list available ISO’s

vmadmin$VBoxManage list dvds

How to Control VM

How to Start VM

nohupand & to place process in background, so VM continues to run after closingconsole.

vmadmin$nohup VBoxHeadless –startvm <vmname> &

How to pause VM

vmadmin$VBoxManage controlvm <vmname> pause

How to resume VM

vmadmin$VBoxManage controlvm <vmname> resume

How to reset VM

vmadmin$VBoxManage controlvm <vmname> reset

How to poweroff VM (hard poweroff eg. pull the plug)

vmadmin$VBoxManage controlvm <vmname> poweroff

How to send poweroff single to VM (tells VM OS to shutdown)

vmadmin$VBoxManage controlvm <vmname> acpipowerbutton

How to attach a DVD / CD to a running vm

vmadmin$VBoxManage controlvm <vmname> dvdattach <filename>

How to de-attach a DVD / CD from a running vm

vmadmin$VBoxManage controlvm <vmname> dvdattach none