Ticket #4229 (new enhancement)
Allow specification of the configuration directory (VBOX_USER_HOME) from the command line.
|Reported by:||techieltg||Owned by:|
|Version:||VirtualBox 2.2.4||Keywords:||VBOX_USER_HOME configuration location|
For instance on a Windows(R) Host:
VBoxManage configLocation C:\temp\myVirtualMachine list vms
VBoxHeadless configLocation C:\temp\myVirtualMachine -startvm myVM
This configuration location would override the environment variable VBOX_USER_HOME (i.e., the configuration location would specify the location of a VirtualBox.xml file and its associated Machines directory).
There are a number of benefits to this approach:
- Configuration of a virtual machine to run as a Windows service becomes trivial (XP, Vista, 7)
- Allows users to share virtual machine configurations across multiple users accounts.
- This is especially important in some academic environments where disk space is limited.
- Virtual machine configurations could now be distributed easily.
- Deployment of virtual machines as a means of High Throughput Computing is simplified.
- Poses no security risk since file permissions are managed via the host operating system.