How to Install Fedora 17 in Virtualbox

  1. Download the 64 bit (if your system supports this; otherwise get 32 bit) ISO of Fedora. Choose the gnome edition.
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    Once you have downloaded Fedora’s ISO image, open VirtualBox. If this is your first time using VirtualBox, the left section should be blank. Click on the new button in the top left corner.

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    In the name text-box, type Fedora. In the type field, Linux should be selected. In the version field, choose “Fedora” if you have downloaded the 32 bit ISO or “Fedora 64” if you have downloaded the 64 bit ISO. Click on the next button.

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    Select the amount of memory. The recommended memory size for Fedora is 1GB or 1024MB. However, you may allocate more RAM to it. You can also change the RAM settings after the installation. Afterwards, click on the next button.

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    Click “Create virtual hard disk now”. Notice the recommended size for VirtualBox is 8GB and the recommended size for Fedora is 10GB. It would be better to go with Fedora’s recommendation or higher than it so you’d have enough space for the installation and other programs you might want to add later on. Click on the create button.

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    Leave the default selection for the Hard Disk type, which is VDI, then click next.

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    Choose “Fixed size” on the next Window because as it’s the fastest to use. Click the next button.

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    Add a minimum of 10GB of space for your Fedora 17 install. Slide the sidebar to the right until it reaches 10GB or you can manually type 10 in the textbox. Click the create button.

    • After initializing the creation of the VDI, you should see a progress bar that looks like the screenshot below. Then your virtual hard disk will be created.
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    At the VirtualBox home screen, select the VM you’ve just created and click on the start button (green arrow)


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    For the start-up disk, select the folder icon where the cursor is located on the first screenshot below, and then select your downloaded Fedora ISO. Click on start.

    • The second screenshot below shows what it might look like.
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    Press Enter to start the installation of Fedora.

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    On the welcome screen, choose and click “Install to hard drive”.

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    Choose US.English as the language if that’s your language. For the next windows, select “Basic Storage devices”, then click on the next button.

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    Choose the “Yes, discard any data” button.

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    Choose a name at the “hostname.localdomain” text box.

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    Click on the next button and select your time zone, and then click next. Make your root password then click next. Select “Use All Space” and leave the LVM checkbox then click next.

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    Click the write change to disk button.

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    Wait for the installation to finish. This can take a little while to be completed.

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    Once it’s been installed, reboot your system by pressing the reboot button.

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    On the VirtualBox Home screen, press the new button again. Enter the same information as step 3 but change the name to something that’s not exactly identical to step 3’s name. Press next to select 1GB or more of RAM. As for the Hard drive, select “choose existing virtual hard drive file” and select your previously created fedora 17 VDI then click on the create button.

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    Boot your newly created Fedora by pressing start then you should be seeing a screen like below. Click on Foward

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    After clicking forward, you’ll have to put your normal user information such as name, user name, and password. Click on the checkbox that says add to administrator groups. When you’re done inserting all the information, click on the forward button.

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    Configure the date and time on your system. Check the radio button that has the words “Synchronize date and time over the network” this option automatically adjusts your time setting to your area’s. Click on the forward button.

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    Click Forward, then click on finish. The next step is log-in with your normal user name and password from step 22.

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    After you log-in, your last step is to install Virtuabox Guest Additons. As it can be quite confusing, you may want to refer to the video shown below. Enjoy your Fedora Installation in VirtualBox! You may remove the first Fedora that contains only the ISO files now.