VBoxHeadlessTray - free utility to run VMs in Windows tray

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Re: VBoxHeadlessTray - free utility to run VMs in Windows tray

Postby memilanuk » 21. Oct 2010, 03:31

I started using this again on my Windows Vista 64 pc to run various Linux (and hopefully soon, BSD) distros for education/entertainment. It's changed a little since I first tried it; the option to connect to each VM individually via RDP is sweet! I still kind of wish it could consolidate all the VMs into one icon in the system tray, but other than that, I'm pretty tickled with it ;)
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Re: VBoxHeadlessTray - free utility to run VMs in Windows tray

Postby HH99 » 1. Nov 2010, 23:07

memilanuk wrote:I started using this again on my Windows Vista 64 pc to run various Linux (and hopefully soon, BSD) distros for education/entertainment. It's changed a little since I first tried it; the option to connect to each VM individually via RDP is sweet! I still kind of wish it could consolidate all the VMs into one icon in the system tray, but other than that, I'm pretty tickled with it ;)



Try "Virtualbox Monitor Gadget". Its a windows 7 sidebar gadget for managing headless VB VM's. I like it.
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Re: VBoxHeadlessTray - free utility to run VMs in Windows tray

Postby soulblade64 » 23. Nov 2010, 01:39

This program is excellent! It's the first time I've successfully had a VM save it's state before Windows shuts down, no matter how much scripting I try.

The only two requests I have, when I load HeadlessTray, it asks me which VM I want to power up. How can I set it so it automatically powers up the only VM I run, so if I have HeadlessTray run at startup, it's starts my VM without prompting me? Secondly, how can I have HeadlessTray shut down the VM when you exit, instead of saving the state? Saving the state should work, but I would prefer to have it shut down.
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Re: VBoxHeadlessTray - free utility to run VMs in Windows tray

Postby dubh » 17. Dec 2010, 18:28

This should be default functionality for the Windows build of VirtualBox. Thank you for developing this app.
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Re: VBoxHeadlessTray - free utility to run VMs in Windows tray

Postby jean_naimare » 26. Dec 2010, 15:19

Hello,

It is a great program but no more VM appears in the list since I upgraded to VirtualBox 4.0 ...

Is it a way to run VBoxHeadlessTray with VirtualBox 4 ?

Thanks a lot
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Re: VBoxHeadlessTray - free utility to run VMs in Windows tray

Postby bradr » 1. Jan 2011, 14:53

I'm working on a build for VirtualBox 4.0. Unforuntately it's not a simple recompile as the VirtualBox API's have changed. Should be available soonish.

Brad
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Re: VBoxHeadlessTray - free utility to run VMs in Windows tray

Postby bradr » 1. Jan 2011, 16:49

OK, here's a build that seems to be working, but only lightly tested.

http://www.toptensoftware.com/downloads ... 0Setup.exe

Please report any issues.
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Re: VBoxHeadlessTray - free utility to run VMs in Windows tray

Postby funlovin » 2. Jan 2011, 11:35

Hi Brad,

thanks for new build.

I'm using Windows 7 x64 and I have the problem, that every tray icon shows the same status.
I have 3 different virtual machines and every change on a single vm, changes every icon from all vm.

Thanks again
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Re: VBoxHeadlessTray - free utility to run VMs in Windows tray

Postby bogdan4521 » 3. Jan 2011, 06:01

Hi,
Works for me with the new version of VirtualBox.
ACPI sub-menu items are disabled, but they were disabled in previous versions too, so maybe it's just a configuration problem of mine.

Thank you for this wonderful tool.
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Re: VBoxHeadlessTray - free utility to run VMs in Windows tray

Postby bradr » 4. Jan 2011, 03:00

funlovin wrote:I'm using Windows 7 x64 and I have the problem, that every tray icon shows the same status.
I have 3 different virtual machines and every change on a single vm, changes every icon from all vm.


Fixed already. Just download and reinstall, should fix it.

bogdan4521 wrote:ACPI sub-menu items are disabled, but they were disabled in previous versions too, so maybe it's just a configuration problem of mine.


The ACPI commands are only enabled if the guest VM has the VirtualBox Additions installed.

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Re: VBoxHeadlessTray - free utility to run VMs in Windows tray

Postby Technologov » 15. Jan 2011, 14:52

it would be nice to see this feature move over to "extpack" as v4.x architecture allows it.
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Re: VBoxHeadlessTray - free utility to run VMs in Windows tray

Postby Hammerfest » 24. Apr 2011, 01:10

that would be smexy... i love this addon and i just started using VirtualBox!
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Re: VBoxHeadlessTray - free utility to run VMs in Windows tray

Postby Mortalife » 15. May 2011, 01:26

I've been trying to write this program for about 3 days now with my novice VB.2008 skills. Seems I'm trying to reinvent the wheel. Oh well, it was a learning experience. Using yours now, much better than mine. ;) Thanks,

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Re: VBoxHeadlessTray - free utility to run VMs in Windows tray

Postby Cerebrum » 26. May 2011, 13:18

Virtual Box 4.0.8
Host: Windows Server 2003 R2 SP2
Guest: 3x Windows

When I switching to GUI mode one of the running VM, tray icon starts animation then show pause icon and VM hangs up. After that I can do nothing with this machine even thru the VirtualBox. It says the machine is saving, but there's no activity. The only way out is to kill that VM from task manager.

Code: Select all   Expand viewCollapse view
c:\Program Files\Oracle\VirtualBox>VBoxManage.exe controlvm VM resume
VBoxManage.exe: error: Cannot resume the machine as it is not paused (machine state: Saving)
VBoxManage.exe: error: Details: code VBOX_E_INVALID_VM_STATE (0x80bb0002), component Console, interface IConso
le, callee IUnknown
Context: "Resume()" at line 102 of file VBoxManageControlVM.cpp



PS. Sorry for my English
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Re: VBoxHeadlessTray - free utility to run VMs in Windows tray

Postby DavidA » 24. Jun 2011, 14:54

I am interested in using VBoxHeadlessTray, but I notice that its license disallows commercial use. :cry:

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by- ... au/deed.en
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