To get the full functionality out of your virtual machines, installing the Virtualbox guest addition is a must.
By installing the guest additions on your virtual machine you will be able to share directories between your host machine and virtual machine, have access to your host machines clipboard and make use of hardware acceleration for your virtual machines graphics ( especially useful if you want your virtual machine’s desktop to be able to maximise and fill your screen).
In this tutorial i show you how to get and install the Virtualbox guest additions and demonstrate the difference between a virtual machine with guest additions and one without.
If you haven’t already done so i would also recommend that you install the Virtualbox extension pack as this adds further functionality to your virtual machines.
This tutorial explains the process of adding the virtualbox extension pack to your installation of Virtualbox. It also covers some extra steps that you will need to do so the extension pack’s features are available within Linux.
By installing the Virtualbox extension pack you will gain the ability to access USB devices plugged into your host machine, seamlessly within your VM’s.
PXE booting is another feature that you will gain from installing the extension pack. With PXE booting you are able to boot virtual machines over a network.
RDP will also be enabled for use with your VM’s . This will allow you to access and control you VM’s remotely over a network using an RDP client.