[vbox-dev] Location of VirtualBox configuration file

Klaus Espenlaub klaus.espenlaub at oracle.com
Fri Oct 14 17:19:06 UTC 2016


Max's answer is correct for every supported host OS besides Windows. As 
usual, on Windows everything is more difficult. On this OS it's COM 
which starts the API service, VBoxSVC.exe, and I don't know a way right 
now to reliably pass it the required env variable...

On 14.10.2016 19:02, Maxime Dor wrote:
> Hi Malcolm,
>
> You can change the location using the ||VBOX_USER_HOME|| env variable. 
> More info here: https://www.virtualbox.org/manual/ch10.html#idm9569
>
> Max
>
> On 14/10/16 18:52, Malcolm Clarke wrote:
>> Dear All
>>
>> Although VirtualBox holds a parameter for the location of the 
>> configuration files of the virtual machines, is there any way to 
>> control the location of the configuration file of Virtual Box? 
>> Currently it installs itself in a directory ".VirtualBox" in the 
>> user's default directory.
>>
>> Is there a switch or otherwise to place this directory and its 
>> configuration file in another specified location?
>>
>> I ask this because we are using Virtual Box with students in a lab. 
>> They are allocated a home drive which is connected every time they 
>> log on to a machine, but we do not operate roaming profiles. Although 
>> they can retain the VM configuration directories and files by 
>> configuring to their home drive, they "lose" the Virtual Box 
>> configuration file every time they move to another machine.
>>
>> Regards
>>
>> Malcolm
>>
>> -- 
>>
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>>
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