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I am trying to Automate the build and deploy process of a piece of server software we make, this software runs on ubuntu 12.04 but doesn't allow "apt-get" for security reasons.

I have gotten as far as installing the VM using VBoxManage however to run our automated test suit I need the IPV4 Address of said server.

Is there a way to get an IP without using Guest additions eg

VBoxManage guestproperty get <VMNAME> "/VirtualBox/GuestInfo/Net/V4/IP"

Thanks

EDIT: the use of guestcontrol was suggested as it doesn't need guest additions, however the run subcommand (or execute for pre VirtualBox 5) does require GA installed to function. Using the execute sub command returns

VBoxManage: error: The guest execution service is not ready (yet)

  • how about VBoxManage guestproperty enumerate VM_NAME | grep "Net.*V4.*IP"? – ostendali Dec 21 '15 at 15:27
  • I tried that earlier, returns nothing. The full enumerate only shows 4 "HostInfo" lines – tim Dec 21 '15 at 15:29
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If you're able to log into the guest, just run ifconfig.

If that isn't possible, try arp -a.

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  • As this is part of an automation mannually logging in and entering a command wont work for me. The goal is to get the IP address from a command line that can >> the result of said command to a text file to be read for the automated test suite – tim Dec 21 '15 at 15:48
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    Can you give some more information on this automation process then? Also, did you try running arp -a on the machine that hosts said VM? – Caturday Saint Dec 21 '15 at 15:51
  • using buildbot we create an ISO image of our product, then using a script and VBoxManage I create a custom VM and mount the ISO image which is then installed on the VM. Running arp -a returns the IP but with a "?" for a name rather than a server.domain.com, will that be consistant enough to safely use grep to search for "?" and the IP next to it? – tim Dec 21 '15 at 15:54

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