I have a remote Ubuntu server without GUI. How can I run a virtual machine with a test.ova file from the command line?

I folloed this tutorial, but how can I attach the .ova file to the VM?

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An ova file is a complete archive with all of the information to create a VirtualBox VM included inside it. You would use the command:

vboxmanage import test.ova

This will create the VM in your default VM location, with the same settings as the original VM. You can change settings using the --vsys options to this command as mentioned in the VirtualBox manual. To change the VM name you'd use:

vboxmanage import test.ova --vsys 0 --vmname <name>
  • Thanks, for your answer. I tried and it is working. How can I connect to the new VM?
    – Christos
    Oct 31, 2016 at 10:12
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    If you're only using command line, you should start the vm in headless mode with vboxmanage startvm <vm-name> --type headless. It depends what machine you're connecting from. I normally connect from Windows via RDP using the VRDE port. You'd need to set this up though. how to connect is really a whole new question.
    – Arronical
    Oct 31, 2016 at 10:15
  • If you're connecting from another Ubuntu machine, use VNC, If from windows use RDP via VRDE.
    – Arronical
    Oct 31, 2016 at 10:22

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