Bridged network between Ubuntu Desktop 10.10 host and Ubuntu Server 10.10 Guest

Posted by Jon Cram on Ask Ubuntu See other posts from Ask Ubuntu or by Jon Cram
Published on 2011-01-23T20:45:05Z Indexed on 2011/02/12 23:33 UTC
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I run Ubuntu 10.10 Desktop on my machine and have installed Ubuntu Server 10.10 in a Virtualbox VM. I'm running Virtualbox 4.0.2. It is not virtualbox-ose.

I'd like the guest OS to have an IP address on my local network so that I can run server software and access this from the host OS. My intention is to run a Hudson CI server in the guest OS.

I understand I need to set up a network bridge for this to work, however I don't understand what I need to do for this to happen.

I have tried following the instructions at, however I run into two issues towards the end:

  1. "To take the modifications into account, restart the VirtualBox host networking script". I don't have Virtualbox-ose installed and guide suggests sudo /etc/init.d/vboxnet restart, however /etc/init.d/vboxnet does not exist for me.

  2. The end of the guide refers to the vboxusers group. I don't have such a group and am not sure why I need this or how it should be created.

I'm simply looking to allow the guest OS to have an IP on my local network so that I can access servers on the guest OS from the host OS.

What changes do I need to make to both the host and guest OSs for this to work?

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