Today I will show you how to start a Virtualbox VM at login in Ubuntu 12.04. There are basically two ways to do this – the GUI way or the command line way. This tutorial will concentrate on the GUI way as I haven’t got around to writing a script yet to accomplish the same thing.
On your Ubuntu system press the windows key to get the HUD and then type startup. You should see the Startup Applications program as shown below. Click this.
You should now get the Startup Applications Preferences box. This will allow you to specify which programs you would like to start at login. Click Add.
You will need to enter the following information:
Name – a name which identifies the program you are going to start (e.g Virtualbox VM Startup)
Command – type VBoxManage startvm “ENTER YOUR VM NAME HERE” (e.g VBoxManage startvm “Untangle Firewall”)
Comment – give the program a description so you know what it is doing
And that is it. Reboot the system and your virtual machine will start once you login.
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