Virual Box install using only USB

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by WhiteDuallyIL, Jun 29, 2012.

  1. WhiteDuallyIL macrumors newbie

    Mar 22, 2011
    OK guys i have looked for going on 4 hours and can't find the solution I have a few new mac minis that I need to install Virtual Box and Windows XP and I don't have a superdrive for the install. And of course Virtual box for some darn reason doesn't support USB boot ups. Can some please help and post the instruction list.

  2. WhiteDuallyIL thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 22, 2011
  3. DaveSM macrumors member

    Aug 11, 2007
    There are a few options. This is based on the fact that VirtualBox can use an ISO file as a CD replacement (and it is much faster to install a VM that way).

    The long one. Copy the VirtualBox Installer on a USB thumb drive along with an ISO of your windows CD, install VirtualBox on each mac mini and then create VM on each computer.

    The short one. Create a preconfigured VM on your main machine and then copy the VM on each mac mini. Import the VM files in VirtualBox.

    I would use the second option if I had to setup a few mac with identical VMs.

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