Debian Lenny In Virtualbox

Howto install an old Debian version in a VirtualBox (e.g. Lenny - Debian 5.0):

Debain Old Image Files

  1. Download the old Linux installation DVD images from
  2. http://cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/archive/5.0.10/amd64/iso-dvd/ (the netinstall version is also working, but it was not possible to reach the package repository)
  3. install into the virtualbox

VM Guest Additions:

- In the guest system install

apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-all

- via the Host-menu insert the guest addition media (will be mounted in the guest system /media/cdrom)
- as root run (the "sh" is important!) from the CD
sh ./VBoxLinuxAdditions.run

- restart guest system

Common folder

- enable common folder in the Host-menu
- the common folder is mounted under /media/fs as root

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