VirtualBox window and menu scaling/text incorrect

Sometimes the scaling can be wrong on a VM if you plug in a different monitor. You can fix the issue by opening up the location of the VirtualBox executable, right click on it, go to properties > Compatabiltiy > Enable Program DPI > Set to DPI to the Display of my main display when “I open this program”

Save by hitting OK

“C:\Program Files\Oracle\VirtualBox”

Install VirtualBox Guest Addition for Kali Linux

Boot up the virtual machince

Insert the “Guest Additions CD Image…” from the Devices menu

In the VM, open up Files/Nautilus or Dolphin and find the CD. Open a terminal in the same directory and execute the auto run script

sudo sh autorun.sh

It should pop up another window to install the guest additions. After it is installed, you’ll need to reboot the VM for the new changes to take effect.

esxtop not displaying properly and is not interactive

Ran into an issue where esxtop was basically displaying a bunch of CSV data that was hard to make sense of in a terminal.

From reading here https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/2001448

It appears that the issue is that the environment TERM variable is not specified.

echo $TERM

returns nothing.

To fix, specify the terminal to use

TERM=xterm

To get a list of terminals available, run the following

find /usr/share/terminfo -type f

Install VMware tools on Ubuntu VM

In Ubuntu the simplest way to install the VMware tools is through apt.

sudo apt-get install open-vmware-tools

Shouldn’t have to do anything else.

You can also install the tools by hitting Install VMware tools from either the web UI, or vShpere.  This will mount a virtual CD on the OS, you can then copy the contents to a local directory in the vm.  You can then proceed to install them by extracting the tar file with

tar -xzf VMware*

cd into the new directory

cd vmware*

and run

sudo ./vmware-install.pl

Install VirtualBox Guest Additions for Fedora 22

Install kernel headers, dkms, etc

dnf -y kernel-headers kernel-devel dkms gcc gcc-c++

Reboot the VM

reboot

Mount the Guest Additions by going to menu > Devices > Insert Guest Additions CD image… or you can hit “Host + D”.

The Host key is typically the Right Ctrl(On Windows) or CMD(On OS X) key.

 

Installing the Guest Additions

Via the GUI

Mount the Guest Additions from your file browser, and then launch the “VBoxLinuxAdditions.run”.

You will need root privileges, so either launch your file browser as root, or drag and drop the “VBoxLinuxAdditions.run”, into a root terminal and hit Enter.

Via Command Line

mkdir /tmp/vbox
sudo mount /dev/cdrom /tmp/vbox
sudo /tmp/vbox/VBoxLinuxAdditions.run

If you run into any errors, try ejecting, and remounting the Guest Additions cd.

How to Install VirtualBox on Fedora in 10 Steps

1.  Open a terminal and change to the root user

su -

2.  Then cd into the following directory

cd /etc/yum.repos.d/

3.  Install wget.

yum install wget

4.  Download the repo files with wget.

wget http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/rpm/fedora/virtualbox.repo

5.  Install the dependencies.

yum install binutils gcc make patch libgomp glibc-headers glibc-devel kernel-headers kernel-devel dkms

6.  Update your computer.

yum update

7.  Install VirtualBox.

yum install VirtualBox-4.2

8. Add the VirtualBox user to the vboxusers group

usermod -a -G vboxusers user_name

9.  Reboot your computer.

reboot

10.  Enjoy.  If you run into problems try the following.

/etc/init.d/vboxdrv setup

Note:
I have created a script that will do all this for you, download here.  All you need to do is the following 3 commands.

cd /pathto/fedora-vb-installer.sh
chmod +x fedora-vb-installer.sh
sudo ./fedora-vb-installer.sh