Manage VirtualBox remotely with RemoteBox – Install on Linux

28/12/2020

RemoteBox is a VirtualBox client tool that enables you to essentially administer the installation of a virtualbox on a server remotely (ie over the network), including its guests as well as ability to interact with them as if they were running locally.

VirtualBox is installed on the server machine while RemoteBox runs on the client machine. It provides a complete GTK graphical interface with a look and feel very similar to that of VirtualBox’s native GUI.

Key Features

  • Open source VirtualBox client with a graphical (GTK) interface
  • Remote management of VirtualBox and its guests
  • No web server such as Apache or IIS is required to run the app
  • No compilation is required – written entirely in Perl
  • View and interact with the guest’s display via RDP, including sound as well as clipboard
  • Create and edit guests
  • Configure processor, display, input devices, audio, I/O ports, as well as shared folders
  • Set the guest BIOS configuration including the BIOS image
  • Set advanced options such as HPET, Page Fusion, Large Pages, CPU Hotplugging, CPU Throttling etc
  • Attach USB devices as well as set USB device filters
  • Stop, start, pause as well as save guest states
  • Provision and attach storage including hard disks, CDs/DVDs as well as floppy disks
  • Configure networking including host only networks with DHCP servers
  • Supports guest snapshots
  • Compatible with VirtualBox running on Linux, Windows, Mac OS X and Solaris
  • Furthermore, it runs on Linux, *BSD and Mac OS X
  • And much more…

RemoteBox 2.2 Changelog

  • Added support for adding an NVMe Controller to the guest
  • It now requires VirtualBox 5.1.x
  • Added support for setting the hot-pluggable flag on harddisk as well as optical devices attached to SATA or USB storage controllers
  • Added support for specifying whether a disk controller should be bootable or not
  • Updated the number of possible SAS ports from 8 to 255 for an attached medium
  • Added the ability to set the number of SAS ports
  • Updated FreeBSD guest OS Icons
  • Fixed a bug when assigning a different SAS port to a medium. RemoteBox was not creating the SAS port first causing a port out of range error.
  • Fixed a bug when selecting storage attached to the USB controller. RemoteBox incorrectly showed the IDE controller attributes.
  • Set default guest OS types for new guests to Windows 10 64bit, Fedora 64bit, FreeBSD 64bit as well as DOS for their respective OS families
  • Minor changes to appdata.xml
  • In addition to various GUI tweaks

How to Install RemoteBox 2.2 on Ubuntu 16.10

wget -q -O - http://archive.getdeb.net/getdeb-archive.key | sudo apt-key add -    sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://archive.getdeb.net/ubuntu yakkety-getdeb apps" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/getdeb.list'    sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install remotebox

How to Install RemoteBox 2.2 on Ubuntu 16.04

wget -q -O - http://archive.getdeb.net/getdeb-archive.key | sudo apt-key add -    sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://archive.getdeb.net/ubuntu xenial-getdeb apps" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/getdeb.list'    sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install remotebox

How to remove RemoteBox 2.2 from Ubuntu

sudo apt-get remove remotebox
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