Installation of VirtualBox Guest Additions on Linux guest Installation is rather very simple and straight forward task ( you may have some problems due to the kernel compatibility ).
VirtualBox guest additions will add more ( depending on operation system you use ) features to your VirtualBox guest operating system such as:
In this article we are going to install VirtualBox Guest Additions to a Ubuntu Linux guest system. Installation of Ubuntu as a virtual operation system using VirtualBox is not a part of this article so let's get straight to the point. Start your VirtualBox and Ubuntu Linux guest system.
On the windows where is your Ubuntu running click on : DEVICES->Install Guest Additions . This will make VirtualBox Guest Additions ISO image which is part of your VirtualBox installation available as a CD-ROM drive.
Inside your virtual Ubuntu system navigate to places and VBOXADDITIONS
This will open up a window and mount an ISO image to /media/VBOXADDITIOS
The last step is to install VirtualBox Guest Additions by execution a following sequence of commands: NOTE: You do not need to cd into media directory and execution a ls command. This steps can be omitted if you know the exact name of the VBOXADDITIONS directory.
$ cd /media/ $ ls $ cd VBOXADDTIONS_3.2.8_64453/ $ sudo ./VBoxLinuxAdditions.run
or for short:
$ sudo /media/VBOXADDTIONS_3.2.8_64453/VBoxLinuxAdditions-x86.run
And your are done.
Building the VirtualBox kernel module. Failed to build the kernel module. Please check the log file /var/log/vbox-install.log
If you get this error message it is most likely that your version of VirtualBox Guest Additions is not compatible with a kernel of your guest operation system. To fix this problem download appropriate / latest version of VirtualBox Guest Additions from: http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/ and mount this ISO using VirtualBox Guest settings. Next steps are similar to steps describe earlier.