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How to Install VirtualBox on Windows Server 2022

VirtualBox is open-source and cross-platform virtualization software. The Oracle VM Virtualbox allows users to run multiple virtual machines on a single host operating system. This software is free for personal and business use. Therefore, users can install it almost on all operating systems such as Linux, Microsoft Windows, Mac, and Solaris. It is intended to design for developers and IT professionals.

Using Virtualbox, you can develop, test, demonstrate and deploy solutions across different platforms from a single machine.

This guide will demonstrate how to install Oracle VM Virtualbox on Windows Server 2022. We will also see how to add the Oracle VM Virtualbox extension pack in Virtualbox.

Prerequisites

  • The Windows Server should be running on your system with enough space storage and RAM.
  • Users should have Guest OS ISOs to run virtual machines on Oracle VM VirtualBox.
  • You should have knowledge about Networking and Hypervisor.
  • The downloaded file of the Oracle Virtualbox Extension pack.

Steps to Install Oracle VirtualBox on Windows Server 2022

The following steps you need to perform to install Oracle VirtualBox on your windows server 2022:

Step 1: Download the Oracle Virtualbox Installer

Download the latest available version of Oracle Virtualbox from the official Virtualbox website. Click on the ‘Windows hosts’ link. The win installer Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.1.32 will immediately download to your system in a few minutes.

screenshot of VirtualBox website

Step 2: Run the VirtualBox Installer

Once the Virtualbox setup is downloaded, execute it on your system to start the Virtualbox installation. Right-click on the downloaded Virtualbox installer and choose the option ‘Run as administrator’. 

screenshot of Run as administrator button in Windows File explorer

Step 3: Complete Setup Wizard

After that, the VirtualBox 6.1.32 installation wizard will display on your Windows Server. Click on the ‘Next’.

screenshot of Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.1.32 Setup Wizard

In the next wizard, select all features for installation. The Virtualbox application features are Virtualbox Networking – Bridged Networking, Virtualbox USB Support, Host-only Networking, and Virtualbox Python support. The whole installation including all sub-features may take 220MBs of space on your hard disk. However, the Guest operating systems will occupy space depending on the disk storage used after creating individual Virtual Machines.

screenshot of Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.1.32 Setup Wizard

The Virtualbox by default will be installed in the ‘C:\Program Files\Oracle\Virtualbox’ directory. However, if you have enough disk space then, you can install it in another directory of your system. Here, we will proceed with the default location. Click on ‘Next’.

In the next wizard, all options are enabled. Click on ‘Next’ to proceed further.

screenshot of Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.1.32 Setup Wizard

In this dialog, you will see a warning message that Virtualbox network features will reset your network connection and will disconnect from the network temporarily. Click on ‘Yes’ to start the Virtualbox installation.

screenshot of Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.1.32 Setup Wizard

At this point, the setup wizard is ready to start the Virtualbox custom installation. If you need to review changes, you can go back. Otherwise, click on ‘Install’ to start the installation process.

screenshot of Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.1.32 Setup Wizard

The setup wizard will install all the necessary files in your default installation directory. During the installation, you will be prompted to install the USB device drivers. Click on ‘Install’.

screenshot of Windows Security window

Further, it will update the system registry values and complete the installation.

screenshot of Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.1.32 Setup Wizard

Once the installation is completed, the following dialog will display on your system. Click on the checkbox ‘Start Oracle VM Virtualbox 6.1.32 after installation’ that will immediately launch the Virtualbox on your system after completing the installation. So, click on ‘Finish’ to close the setup wizard.

screenshot of Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.1.32 Setup Wizard

The Oracle Virtualbox Manager will launch on your windows server:

screenshot of Oracle VM VirtualBox Manager

Install Oracle VM Virtualbox Extension Pack

After installing the VirtualBox, install the Extension Pack for Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.1.32. The extension packs will add advanced features to your Virtualbox such as USB support 2.0 or 3.0, VRDP (VirtualBox Remote Desktop Protocol) support, and AES algorithm support for disk image encryption. To install the VirtualBox extension pack, click on the ‘Preferences’. 

Navigate into the ‘Extensions’ tab and click on Add (+) symbol.

screenshot of VirtualBox-Preferences window

Select the downloaded extension pack Oracle_VM_VirtualBox_Extension_Pack-6.1.32.vbox-extpack file location and click on ‘Open’.

screenshot of VirtualBox-Preferences window (selecting an extension package file)

The following dialog will display on Virtualbox manager. Click on ‘Install’ to add the Oracle VM VirtualBox extension pack.

screenshot of VirtualBox-Question window

The confirmation notification will show on the screen in case of a successful installation. Click on ‘OK’.

screenshot of VirtualBox-Information window

The installed extension packs will show in the Virtualbox ‘Extensions’ tab.

screenshot of VirtualBox-Preferences window

Finally, Oracle VirtualBox is ready to use. You can create a new Virtual machine using the ‘New’ option.

screenshot of Oracle VM VirtualBox Manager

Uninstall Oracle VM Virtualbox from Windows Server 2022

If you do not need to run VirtualBox on your system, you can uninstall it from the ‘Setting’ of Windows Server. Under the Apps & features section, search the ‘Oracle VM Virtualbox 6.1.32’. Click on the ‘Uninstall’ to remove this application from this system.

screenshot of Uninstall Oracle VM VirtualBox button

Conclusion

We demonstrated in this guide how to install Oracle VM VirtualBox and the Extension pack of the same version on Windows Server 2022. This guide will be helpful for learners who do not know how guest operating systems are managed using hypervisor technology. For more understanding, create Virtual machines and install different Guest operating environments using independent network configurations. Thanks!

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