Download VirtualBox for your operating system
VirtualBox is an open source virtualization product that will allow you to create virtual machines on a computer using Linux, Mac OS X or Windows. While the current version is 5.x, older versions will also work if you are already using this software.
Install VirtualBox on your system
Just follow the default prompts.
Recommended VirtualBox Networking
- Start VirtualBox
- Open Preferences (e.g. File|Preferences)
- Select Network
- Select Host-only Networks
- Add Network (accept all defaults)
This additional step will create a network configuration in VirtualBox that is called vboxnet0. This will define a network in the 192.168.56.X range, and will configure a DHCP server that will issue IP addresses starting at 192.168.56.101. This will enable you to more easily access your VMs from your host computer as discussed in VirtualBox networking for beginners.