Mac – Booting a virtual machine non-virtually

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I have a VirtualBox virtual machine that I use regularly. In order to use it on many computers, I carry it around on a USB drive.

Sometimes, however, I come across a computer that doesn't support full virtualization (doesn't have the necessary resources). Since the VM is on a USB drive, that made me wonder: is it possible to live-boot a VM?

Best Answer

  • If "the necessary resources" are hardware related, such as not enough ram, or cpu power. I'm not sure how that would work.

    You could perhaps install a linux distro onto a usb drive with Virtualbox installed and boot the computer using that OS and initializing the virtualization through that Virtualbox.

    It will likely be slow, but could be an alternative if you are looking for one.