VirtualBox Server inside a server
Recently, I was trying to import a VirtualBox virtual machine on to my Ubuntu headless server. This particular virtual machine was also Ubuntu Server. Since both machines are server installs with no GUI (or even monitor attached), the only connection I had to either of them is ssh.
Importing and Starting
The VirtualBox image imported pretty flawlessly. The only thing I really had to change was the location of the virtual disk, because I want all of my images to use a shared directory.
After starting the virtual machine with:
VBoxManage startvm MyNewFancyServer --type=headless
I would wait for a few minutes and try to ssh in to the server. No good. The DHCP server wasn’t even issuing an IP address to MyNewFancyServer.