What VM software did I choose to use and why? VirtualBox!
This time is no different. VirtualBox does everything I need it to do for our purposes, and it’s FREE! This way, all of you don’t have to worry about spending any money to follow along!
Perhaps in the future I can switch it around, but for now, let’s get moving!
How to setup VirtualBox on OS X
The setup is basically the same on both OS X and Microsoft Windows.
Step 1 – Download VirtualBox
Step 2 – Install
- Run the installer
- OS X: Double-click the downloaded .dmg file
- Windows: Double-click the .exe file
- Linux: You probably know what to do so I won’t explain it here
- Follow the instructions
Step 3 – Configure Defaults
In my case, I have an external hard drive that I want to store my VMs on (to keep my iMac’s internal SSD from filling up). This means I want to setup the default VM storage location to my external hard drive so I don’t have to worry about changing it for each new Virtual Machine setup.
- Launch VirtualBox
- OS X: VirtualBox -> Preferences
- Default Machine Folder: Navigate to the location. Here I have mine setup in a folder called “VM” on my external HDD labeled “VM-Drive”.
Step 4 – Create New VM
While I’m waiting for my .ISO files to finish downloading, I will setup two new VMs in VirtualBox.
- Click New and name your VM (for this tutorial, I decided to use the Operating System names)
- Follow along with the video if you want more details, but I basically took all of the defaults
Next up (video recording in progress, please stand by), we will be installing the operating systems.