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Is this possible, and, if so, how would it be accomplished?

I want to run a minimal Linux operating system (preferably Ubuntu) that automatically launches a virtualbox VM (most likely running Win7) when it is started.  The user of the VM  should not have the ability to access the Linux OS (to minimize problems with users accidentally changing anything on the Linux OS.

I also need to be able to automate closing the VM (still restricting access to the Linux OS) for certain time periods daily to allow backups to be run on the system and backup the VM.  After the VM is backed up (or at a certain time - like 6am) I need the VM to be restarted automatically.

If you can show me how to do this, you are the man.
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You can use Xen on your Ubuntu, and automate things with cron.
Check this link for more info on  how to start, stop, etc VMs in Xen: http://www.techotopia.com/index.php/Managing_Xen_using_the_xm_Command-line_Tool
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