Quickie #2: Virtualbox VRDP & CTRL-ALT-DEL

I run a headless install of virtualbox with phpvirtualbox as the front end to it at home on an old N54L microserver (16GB ECC RAM, 2TB Raid 5 Array, Ubuntu Server LTS), it runs beautifully aside from one thing.

It uses VRDP (which is a bloody neat solution, I love it) to show the consoles and CTRL-ALT-DEL doesn’t actually get sent to the host.

Instead, use CTRL-ALT-END and that’ll see you right.

That took a keyboard mash and a bit of googling to find that one.

Quickie #1: Virtualbox vs VmWare Network Drivers

When importing a vulnerable VM a colleague has made and exported using OVF format into virtualbox… even though you have the XP safe “PCNET-FAST III” selected that should work without any need for additional drivers (here’s looking at you intel)…

Make sure you “update” the driver to the non VMWare Accelerated version, otherwise your network interface will not start.

That’s 30 to 60 minutes of “WTF!?!?” that I’ll never get back.