We’ve written a bit about VirtualBox in tech/business section of ArsGeek, so you’re probably familiar with this easy to use x86 virtualization tool. It supports Windows (NT 4.0, 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista), DOS/Windows 3.x, Linux (2.4 and 2.6), and OpenBSD and a bunch of other OSes as well.
Vista however, can present a problem. There are no built in network drivers for the virtual NIC that VBox implements. Without a network connection, it gets kinda hard to download and install the appropriate drivers. If you’re on Ubuntu or a Debian based distro, here’s what to do.
First we’ll get the appropriate driver:
Now, we’ll have to unzip it.
unzip V4.51.zip -d vista
We’ve just made a folder called ‘vista’ with all of the driver info needed. Lastly, we’ll create an ISO image from this folder.
mkisofs -o vista.iso -R vista
Once that’s complete, you can mount the ISO through VirtualBox and restart your virtual Vista install.
When you boot into Vista, you’ll right click on My Computer, choose Manage and then update the driver with software on the ‘cd’ you have mounted.