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This may be a stupid question but I have recently set up a virtual machine (running XP PRO SP3) using Sun's free VirtualBox software.  Everything is working fine but I wanted to know is there a way I can close the virtual machine window but have it still running in the background?  For example, lets say I am done using the virtual machine and I hit the exit or X button it asks me to save the current state, send the shutdown signal, or pause (I believe).  I have GoToMyPC running on the virtual machine but whenever I close the virtual machine window I lose connectivity to the vm (it powers off).  I know with MS Virtual Server and VMWare you can log off, lock, close the virtual machine windows and still have the machine running (in the event you wanted to log back into the machine without having to power it off/on every time).  Is there a way to accomplish this with the Sun version?  If there is a way it is not very intuitive.  I have not been able to keep the machine running once I close the window.  Any help is greatly appreciated.
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There is no native option withing virtualbox to allow for this like in vmware and micrsofts vm.  There are some workarounds but they are not clean.

http://sourceforge.net/projects/vboxvmservice

http://sebastian-bauer.ws/en/2008/11/06/windows-run-virtualbox-in-the-background.html
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Which option is easier to implement in your opinion.  I downloaded the vboxvmservice last night but was unsure how to install it.  Can you provide me step by step details on how to implement this?  I want to be able to run the SunVM box as a service so it run independent of the host machine.  If I can successfully achieve this, you shall get all of the 500 points.  Thanks,
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Honestly I have not implemented either and probably would not since its not a native function.  I'd go with a solution from vmware or microsoft since it is native.
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