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I'd like to use custom icons to better distinguish machines running the same OS from each other, in VirtualBox. is this possible? If so, what file(s) do I need to add/edit?


I've got two Windows 7 VMs. One I use as a sandbox for testing various things, and the other I use for when I need to connect to work (ideally, my personal system - the host machine - never directly connects). I'd like to have perhaps a beaker for the sandbox, and a suitcase for the work machine.

I've got two Ubuntu VMs. One is BackTrack Linux, the other is a build I'm using to learn more about the OS. I wouldn't mind keeping the regular icon for the latter, but I'd like to use one of BackTrack's icons or images for the former.

I'm running VirtualBox 4.1.6 on Windows 7 x64.

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As far as distinguishing between machines and changing the icon, you can use the answer from @koshua. Change the Name, Type, and Version settings under Settings->General->Basic to something different. I have confirmed that it does work to change the icon and I have found no problems. Also, a moderator at the VirtualBox forums confirms that there are no issues changing this setting after initial setup. > by mpack » 25. Apr 2011, 05:31 > > The drop down list shows OS categories, not an exhaustive list of > individual OS editi – talyric May 30 '13 at 21:28

I wanted to do the same thing, but it's not possible.

Here is a Ticket of 2 years ago. It is stated that probably this feature will not ever be implemented.

The solution could be build the OSE version yourself and replace icons with yours in order to be able to use them as standard icons.

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You can change OS type in description in Settings->General->Basic. It's just a descriptive parameter and doesnt influence VM work from what I have seen.

I was looking for a solution too, but it seems that's the only way to change it. Btw Solaris icons are really nice :)

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You also have the option to start the machine via a desktop link, and then customizing the icon via right-click -> Properties. When you start the VM using this link, the custom icon will also appear in the task bar.

This is very useful if you are running several VM's at the same time, and you want to distinguish them in the task bar.

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