VirtualBox Installation: P6 VM Scheduling Tutorial Part 1

In this tutorial I will be demonstrating how to complete a VirtualBox installation allowing you to install Primavera P6 on a Virtual Machine. In my previous posts I discussed the reasons why a Virtual Machine (VM) is the best way for a scheduler to run Primavera P6. Below are the links to those posts:

Requirements

For this tutorial am going to be using VirtualBox, because it’s freely available allowing us to get started up quicker. For this tutorial you’re going to need the following:

  • 3 hours minimum: 1.5 hours for the installation and set-up of VirtualBox. 1.5 hours for the installation of the Microsoft Windows client system. This does not include the installation of Primavera P6 and the P6 database
  • A basic understanding of how to navigate Microsoft Windows you will need this to download and install the program.
  • A PC with the Windows Operating System. This isn’t a hard requirement, but the directions I’ll be supplying will be for Windows.
  • 128 gigabytes of free hard drive space. This will be used to hold the entire virtual machine. This includes P6, Microsoft SQL Server, or Oracle’s SQL Server.
  • 8GB of RAM: The more RAM the better, but 8GB of system memory is enough.
  • The VirtualBox Windows Installer: I will go over how to get this.
  • VirtualBox 5.1.8 Oracle VM VirtualBox Extension Pack: I will go over how to get this.
  • An Unused Microsoft Windows Licence and Install Media: You will need this to create a Windows Virtual Machine.
  • Know How to Install Primavera P6: This is not needed for this tutorial, but you will need to do this to get Primavera P6 up and running within the VM. If you need help doing this I will post a tutorial on how to do it shortly.

Warning:

This tutorial requires you download software off of the internet and install it. While this is a common everyday occurrence the process is not without risk. You should always make sure to completely and verifiable back-up your system before downloading and installing anything from the internet, and this tutorial is no the exception. Before actually perform Step 1 you should have read through all the steps in this tutorial first and have decided if this is for you. Once you are ready to start the installation process please close down all open programs. As a rule you should not be installing this on a production system if this is you first attempt.

Disclaimer:

You are following this tutorial at your own risk. I have no idea if this will work without issue. All I can say is that these are the steps that I took and it worked fine for me. That is no guarantee that this will work for you. Proceed at your own risk. As with the installation of any software you should be prepared for things to go wrong, and should have a full system back ready to go if any issues arise.


Downloading VirtualBox

Your first step is to download the VirtualBox Installer from VirtualBox.org. Go ahead and click on the large Download VirtualBox button (fig. 1) that looks like the following link:

VirtualBox Installation Download Button
fig. 1 – The Download Button at VirtualBox.org

This will take you to the download page (fig. 2) pictured below:

VirtualBox Installation Download Page
fig. 2 – VirtualBox Download page. Download the circled items.

You need to download both of the circled files.

 

Starting the VirtualBox installation

Once both files have downloaded you are ready to start your VirtualBox installation. Go to where you downloaded the files to and open the installation file. The file I downloaded was titled “VirtualBox-5.1.8-111374-Win.exe“. The following window should appear (fig. 3), click next:

VirtualBox Installation Start
fig. 3 – This appears after you start the installer.

 

After clicking next the VirtualBox installation feature selection windows (fig. 4) appears, the default options are fine, so go ahead and click next

VirtualBox Installation Features First
fig. 4 – This is the first of two pages where you will choose installation features.

 

In the VirtualBox installation Option Selection Window (fig. 5) You can un-select any option you wish to, except the “register file associations” option. This will be used later on after we have completed the VirtualBox installation.

VirtualBox Installation Features Second
fig. 5 – This is the second page where you can install features.

 

Network Interfaces Installation

After the options window, the Network Interfaces Warning Window (fig. 6) appears. Read it carefully and determine if you are ready to proceed with the installation.

VirtualBox Installation Network Interfaces
fig. 6 – This will install VirtualBox’s networking features. You should close out of anything that requires a network connection before you proceed.

 

Review and Install

After the Network Interfaces Warning Window a window asking if you are ready to start the VirtualBox installation appears (fig. 7). If you are ready, go ahead and click the “Install” button.

VirtualBox Installation Begin Install
fig. 7 – This will start installing VirtualBox. If you are ready to proceed click the “Install” button.

 

The Installation Progress Window will open up (fig. 8) showing you the progress of the VirtualBox installation.

VirtualBox Installation Installing
fig. 8 – This is the VirtualBox installation screen.

 

VirtualBox System Drivers

During the VirtualBox installation process a number of Windows Security dialogs (figures 9, 10, and 11) will pop-up. I needed the functionality that these drivers provide the client system, so I installed them all.

VirtualBox Installation Device Software First
fig. 9 – This is a screen asking if you want to install the USB driver for VirtualBox.

 

VirtualBox Installation Device Software Second
fig. 10 – This is a screen asking if you want to install the Network drivers for VirtualBox.

 

VirtualBox Installation Device Software Third
fig. 11 – This is a screen asking if you want to install the Network service for VirtualBox.

 

Restarting After Completing the VirtualBox Installation

Once the VirtualBox installation completes, the installer will ask if you want to start VirtualBox after you finish the installation (fig. 12). I would recommend not starting the program after installation. Instead, un-check the checkbox next to “Start Oracle VM VirtualBox x.x.x after installation” and click finish. Then restart your computer.

VirtualBox Installation Start VirtualBox
fig. 12 – This screen appears after the installation completes. You should un-check the “Start Oracle” option. click “Finish” and restart the computer.

 

Installing the Oracle VM VirtualBox Extension Pack

After MS Windows restarts you should brows to where you saved the second file that you downloaded from the VirtualBox download page, the Oracle VM VirtualBox Extension Pack. This is probably titled similarly to: “Oracle_VM_VirtualBox_Extension_Pack-5.1.8-111374.vbox-extpack“. Double click the file, wait a moment or two wile VirtualBox opens up. Once it opens up it will display the dialog box displayed in (fig. 13) below. If you are sure you downloaded it from a trusted source click the “Install” button.

VirtualBox Installation Extension Install
fig. 13 – This is the dialog that appears asking if you want to install the extension pack. Read the dialog carefully and click “Install” if you are sure it’s the correct file.

 

 

A Good Place to Stop

Here is a good place to take a break. At this point the VirtualBox installation is complete, and the Oracle VM VirtualBox Extension Pack is installed. You can find Part 2 of this series here. Part 2 will walk through the steps of setting up a virtual disk. Subsequent articles will go over installing Microsoft Windows and then Primavera P6 as well as Primavera P3. Links to those articles will be added to this one. Please post in the comments if you have any questions.

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