Virtualbox Mastercourse: Virtual Machines Step by Step
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Virtualbox Mastercourse: Virtual Machines Step by Step

Learn everything you need to use VirtualBox for VMs with easy to follow step by step instructions. Install multiple OS!
4.5 (16 ratings)
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Created by Jesse Moran
Last updated 2/2017
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 2 Articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Operate Virtualbox with great knowledge
  • Install a variety of operating systems
  • Easily create and manage multiple virtual machines
  • Share files, drag and drop files between host and guest operating systems
  • Configure virtual machine options
  • Send a virtual machine from your computer to another computer
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  • Students will need a computer running Windows
  • A basic understanding of software and Windows

Oracle VirtualBox is a type 2 Virtualizer for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, and Solaris, that enables you to install one or multiple operating systems within your own operating system.

You can run Linux inside your Windows environment to use the operating system or teach yourself Linux.  There is no longer a need to do a ‘dual boot’ on your computer.

In this course you will be able to:

  • Download and install VirtualBox, Yes, it’s FREE!
  • Create virtual machines to run other operating systems
  • Learn more about what a Virtual Machine is
  • Install Guest Additions to allow amazing features inside your virtual machine
  • Share files between your host operating system and guest operating system
  • Create a seamless environment between your virtual machine and host OS to use both environments at the same time and you can barely even tell your using a virtual machine!  AMAZING!
  • And More!

BONUS SECTION: I show you how to get Windows 7, 8.1, and 10 in a prepackaged virtual machine FREE & LEGAL!

I’ll go thru all the steps you need from scratch to get you up and running.  I’ll take you from someone who might have heard about a virtual machine to someone that installs and uses virtual machines like a pro!

We will go thru the process to install the following operating systems:

  • Windows 7
  • Windows 10
  • Ubuntu Desktop

Once you install one operating system there isn't much of a difference between the other operating installations, which is why this course will not install 15 different operating systems and only a few and really focus on the features of Virtualbox and how to use your virtual machine.

Virtual Machines allow you to:

  • Learn a new operating system
  • Test software and changes in a ‘safe’ environment that can be ‘reset’
  • Install software and features and export the Virtual Machine to send to another machine
  • Run old applications on an older operating system while still using your latest version of your operating system
  • Access Virus-Infected Data
  • Browse the web in a completely safe environment, protecting your Host Operating system
  • Run Linux on top of Windows (or Windows on top of Linux)
  • Back Up an entire operating system
  • Create a personal cloud computer
  • Run headless for web development
  • Make a backup of your server for emergencies
  • And more!

Don’t mess with your main operating system where you can break it! Use a virtual machine and go to town, use a snapshot to go back to a point where it was working again. 


I know you are ready to jump in and get started and I can’t wait to help you along the way!



Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for anyone who wants to learn about running operating systems in a virtual environment
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Curriculum For This Course
26 Lectures
Introduction to Virtual Machines
2 Lectures 05:10

Introduction of virtualization and terms you will need to know for this course.

Preview 03:34
Install Virtualbox
3 Lectures 04:41

A document that shows all the support host operating systems that you can install Oracle Virtualbox on.

Supported Host Systems

To get started we need to download the free Virtualbox software for your host operating system.

Preview 01:19

We look at how to install Virtualbox into your operating system.

Preview 02:29
Create Your First Virtual Machine
3 Lectures 08:59

A few links of how to get ISO images to install virtual machines and how to create them for Windows systems.

Where to Download ISOs (operating systems)

Creating a blank virtual machine without any operating system involved is the first step to creating your VMs.

Create Your First Virtual Machine

Install Windows 7 into your first virtual machine

Install Your First Windows System
Using Virtualbox
8 Lectures 32:44

Let's get your virtual machine started and looking at some of the basics inside your virtual machine.

Starting Your VM and Basics of Virtualbox VMs

We go over the buttons on Oracle Virtualbox to use the application for your virtual machines.

Quick Overview of Buttons

An overview of the global settings options for Virtualbox.

Global Settings

We look at how you add an already created virtual machine, deleting a virtual machine from your list and from the hard drive, along with how to clone (make a copy) of the virtual machine.

Adding, Removing, and Cloning VMs

We will explain what OVF is and how you can use it to import / export VMs between computers and how to accomplish this in Virtualbox.

Import / Export Virtual Machines (OVF)

We look at the amazing feature of snapshots to keep a virtual machine state of the past and be able to easily go back to that state.  This is a must needed feature for almost everyone and is great for testing.


We explain grouping and why it can help you when you have multiple virtual machines and how to set it up.

Grouping Virtual Machines

I show you how to quickly remove the VM messages that popup each time you start a virtual machine.

Removing VM Messages

Test your knowledge of what we have covered for Virtualbox

Virtualbox Knowledge Quiz
3 questions
Virtualbox Guest Additions
4 Lectures 11:58

Get more features with your virtual machine by installing Virtualbox Guest additions.


- Shared Folders

- Drag and Drop

- Hardware-accelerated graphics

- Seamless Windows

- Guest Properties

- Guest Control

- Memory Overcommitment

- and more.

Installing Virtualbox Guest Additions

Easily drag files and programs between your host system and your VM and back again with the amazing drag and drop feature.  Also, we look at copying text from the host OS to your VM with shared clipboards.

Drag & Drop / Shared Clipboard

Easily share documents and programs with shared folders.  We will set up a shared folder on the host OS and add it to our Windows VM.

Shared Folders

You have to see this amazing feature of Virtualbox.  Make your Host OS look like it has two operating systems on top of each other.  

Preview 02:13
Installing Operating Systems
4 Lectures 33:59

A quick introduction on the installation of the VMs in this section.  Please jump to any of the operating systems you want to install in your VM.  

Installation Introduction

Windows 7

Windows 10

Ubuntu - Linux
Thank You
1 Lecture 00:23
Thank you
BONUS: Get Prepackaged Windows 7, 8.1 & 10 Virtual Machines Free & Legal
1 Lecture 06:35
Download Prepackaged Windows 7, 8.1 & 10 Free
About the Instructor
Jesse Moran
4.5 Average rating
16 Reviews
1,929 Students
1 Course
Master of Computer Science, Finance, and Entrepreneurship

Jesse Moran holds degrees in Systems Administration & Engineering along with a degree in Business Administration & Marketing.  

With over 20 years of computer experience and constantly learning new products and features, Jesse is up to date with the latest technology and financial news.  Jesse enjoys fixing issues, virus removal, virtualization, coding.  

He has an amazing wife and daughter that he spends most of his time with when not working.