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Virtual Box on Windows

Headless Virtual Machines

Add command path to Windows in elevated Command Prompt:

set PATH=%PATH%;"C:\Program Files\Oracle\VirtualBox"

Find the UUID of your VMs with:

VBoxManage list vms

To run a VM as headless, make a Batch file containing:

VBoxManage startvm {uuid} --type headless

To run a headless VM at Windows boot, make a scheduled task that runs the batch file above. Make sure to disable the time limit on task.

To stop a headless VM, make a batch file containing:

VBoxManage controlvm {uuid} acpipowerbutton

This will shutdown the VM properly. If for some reason the VM does not respond to it you can us 'poweroff' instead. This simulates a hard shutdown.

wiki/windows/virtualbox.txt · Last modified: 2021/01/16 15:02 by matt