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    No, that's part of the machine itself, as it's not controllable by the virtual bios I'd surmise it's not possible. I never looked into that (or any other boot device restriction) because I didn't think it was worth it. If they want to fart about and cause delay that's a classroom control issue. (plus we're lucky in that the kids doing computer science or whatever it's called actually seem to want to do it!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by synaesthesia View Post
    No, that's part of the machine itself, as it's not controllable by the virtual bios I'd surmise it's not possible. I never looked into that (or any other boot device restriction) because I didn't think it was worth it. If they want to fart about and cause delay that's a classroom control issue. (plus we're lucky in that the kids doing computer science or whatever it's called actually seem to want to do it!)
    Suppose you're right. Was just trying to make it as clean as possible.

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    Aye, the less they can break the better, hence the removal of any possible menus and what not from Virtual Box

    Quick google around though, have you tried this? (not been on site, unable to test)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LEnWEDV2MA8

    If it's doable via UI, it's doable by batch or possibly an edit of the vbox file.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fiza View Post
    Any ideas how to remove the "F12 to select boot device" option when virtualbox is starting up?
    Quote Originally Posted by synaesthesia View Post
    If it's doable via UI, it's doable by batch or possibly an edit of the vbox file.
    Code:
    VBoxManage modifyvm VMNAME --biosbootmenu disabled
    No more F12!


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    happy days!

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    I like the idea of sandboxing all the coding stuff within a VM so wondered if anyone who is experimenting with Virtualbox knows whether Kodu will work within the VM you create?

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    Kodu isn't really a threat to the network so we run outside. It's quite intensive on graphics too so I don't particularly recommend doing it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fiza View Post
    I like the idea of sandboxing all the coding stuff within a VM so wondered if anyone who is experimenting with Virtualbox knows whether Kodu will work within the VM you create?
    As long as the OS runs on the VM, any program that runs under that OS will run in the VM. Within reason. You can set up an Acorn RiscPC and run BBC BASIC, or whatever, never mind any of these fancy modern things.

    I'll get me zimmer frame...

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    Kodu's a bit different though. It's 3d intensive, and 3D passthrough only vaguely works on some of the workstation level hypervisors like VBox. It's little more than a game making environment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by synaesthesia View Post
    Kodu's a bit different though. It's 3d intensive, and 3D passthrough only vaguely works on some of the workstation level hypervisors like VBox. It's little more than a game making environment.
    So glad I put that caveat...

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    Quote Originally Posted by synaesthesia View Post
    I've gone down a different route which is pretty bulletproof (has to be, mandatory profiles). Shortcut to run it runs a batch file containing the following:

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    "C:\Program Files\Oracle\VirtualBox\vboxmanage.exe" setextradata global GUI/SuppressMessages ...
    Hi,

    Just wondering how you found all those setextradata parameters out? I've read the manual online and in Help, but I can't find anywhere that it tells you each of the parameters you can use?

    Google isn't giving me much either, other than a few examples.

    Peter

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    Quote Originally Posted by howartp View Post
    Hi,

    Just wondering how you found all those setextradata parameters out? I've read the manual online and in Help, but I can't find anywhere that it tells you each of the parameters you can use?

    Google isn't giving me much either, other than a few examples.

    Peter
    D'oh, no sooner do I post this than I find the answer.

    Chapter9.Advanced topics

    It's chapter 9.19. Locking down the VirtualBox manager GUI that contains the settings, not chapter 8.26. VBoxManage getextradata/setextradata.

    Peter

    [Edit: It also helps if I refresh this thread after I've posted, in order to see your response, before I re-post.... ]
    Last edited by howartp; 9th June 2014 at 12:21 PM.

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    Quick question to those who have successfully created a Vbox image. How are you deploying it? Are you building it into your current windows image and deploying via MDT/WDS? We are working from a virtual image (to enable rollback etc) of windows 7. If I try to install vbox inside that I am guessing it wont work?

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    Ours is manually copied (a bit lazy!). Couldn't seem to get a deployable package to work. Virtual Box is MSI'd and deployed easily but the image (which for us was 9GB, just changed to 15GB after having installed Visual Studio 2013) is manual. May script it but for the sake of 60 PC's it doesn't take long to copy thanks to impero & mimic scripts

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