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I have a VirtualBox headless installation up and running on a Ubuntu Server 14.04 machine. I installed VirtualBox via apt-get install virtualbox. Now I would like to upgrade this installation to 5.0, and I have seen that it is available via apt-get install virtualbox-5.0.

Taking into account other related questions in this site, I see that I have to remove my current VirtualBox installation first, but I would like to know if it is possible to upgrade VirtualBox in one step so I wouldn't need to start from scratch registering and setting up all my virtual machines.

  • It's probably not impossible, if you have the skills to figure out how. – mikewhatever Mar 18 '16 at 18:38
  • After installing a newer release settings of all your VMs will be kept. Except of guest additions no need to set it all up again. – Takkat Mar 18 '16 at 18:56
  • @Takkat Thanks for your guidance! As you can see in my answer, I followed your advice and finally I managed to do the upgrade with not much effort – Jose Antonio Apr 30 '16 at 10:04
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Finally I have managed to set up virtualbox 5.0 up and running with all my virtual machines. I uninstalled virtualbox 4.0 using apt-get remove instead of apt-get purge, and apt-get install virtualbox-5.0 kept all virtual machines registered. The only problem was that RPD connections weren't available in my headless installation because I didn't upgrade the VirtualBox extension pack. I noticed the problem after checking current extension packs by doing vboxmanage list extpacks, and replacing the old extension pack with the latest one. To wrap up, in case it can help to others these were the steps I followed:

sudo apt-get remove virtualbox*
sudo apt-get install virtualbox-5.0
sudo vboxmanage list extpacks
sudo vboxmanage extpack install --replace 'Oracle VM VirtualBox Extension Pack' <new Oracle VM VirtualBox Extension Pack file>

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