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Running a VM headless (in the background, like a service) or without GUI
Last tested on Windows 10 Home x64 (v1511, build 10586.318) + VirtualBox v5.0.20 r106931
Base reference: Stackoverflow
- the name of the virtual machine is virtualmachine Your VM name may be different.
We first create a batch file that runs the VM. Create a file named vm-run.bat with the following content.
cd "c:\Program Files\Oracle\VirtualBox\" VBoxHeadless -s virtualmachine -v on
We can just use the batch file above, however, it opens up the shell to run the batch file. We use Windows-based script host using VBS to run the file. Create a file named vm-run.vbs with the following content.
set WshShell = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell") obj = WshShell.Run("vm-run.bat",0) set WshShell = Nothing
Use the following line to run the VM in the background:
optional 1: create a shortcut
You can optionally create a shortcut on your Desktop with the following value in Target:
To check if it's running, go to Task Manager (taskmgr using CLI ÿ + r) and check Details tab. There should be 3 instances of VBoxHeadless.exe processes running. Another way to check in CLI is to execute this line:
C:\Users\JMoe>tasklist /FI "IMAGENAME eq VBoxHeadless.exe" Image Name PID Session Name Session# Mem Usage ========================= ======== ================ =========== ============ VBoxHeadless.exe 7104 Console 1 2,444 K VBoxHeadless.exe 7112 Console 1 4,164 K VBoxHeadless.exe 7136 Console 1 83,596 K
optional 2: run it without logging on to the system (similar to a system service)
- Open Task Scheduler
- Under General tab, in security options, choose Run whether user is logged on or not
- Check Run with highest privileges
- Under Triggers tab, create a trigger and choose "At startup" for Begin the task. Make sure Enabled is checked
- Under Actions tab, create an action and choose "Start a program" for Action. Program/script: should be "C:\Windows\System32\wscript.exe" and Add arguments (optional): is set to "C:\myscripts\vm.run.vbs"