Boot virtual box as headless

October 10th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

If you are running a ubuntu server on a VM, then I highly recommend you to boot VM as headless. Here I use Oracle VirtualBox as my VM.


The two advantanges I found are

  • Saves some amount of RAM.
  • Anyway I ssh to VM, then one less window opened.

Even before I came to know that I can run VM as headless, I usually boot the VM and keep the window minimized. Then I ssh to VM from my terminal, so I can easily copy and paste text to and fro VM.

How to boot as headless?

You can boot the VM as headless using the command

 vboxmanage startvm precise64 --type headless

and you can shutdown the VM by

vboxmanage controlvm precise64 poweroff