Installing ubuntu 12.04 desktop using virtualbox inside a windows 7 VMWare guest OS
Posted on 2012-08-16
We are trying to find out a way for external consultants to log in securely but have access to a windows 7 machine with a virtual ubuntu desktop machine.
My idea was to create a Windows 7 guest VM inside of our VMWare environment. I was then going to install virtual box inside that guest VM and put ubuntu inside of virtual box. i was then going to setup vmware view to allow the external consultants access to a linked clone.
The problem i have is that the ubuntu guest OS is super slow. just to get the install option took roughly 20 minutes. I'm sure its because im trying to put the matrix inside of another matrix (Think, 13th Floor the movie). I tried installing vmware server but it knows its already a guest OS and says NO. i'm pretty sure for the following reasons im creating this post :)
does anyone know if its possible to do what i want? Currently we are giving external consultants VPN access and then telling them to ssh to a machine and do what they need. however i believe this is a big security issue.
if vmware had a view agent for linux i think we would be golden. but ive looked and they dont.
My other idea was to just create the linked clones so they could access securely a windows 7 machine and then they would just need to putty or VNC to the ubuntu desktop (hopefully VNC would be stable and not slow, but its already slow even over a LAN)
Is anyone giving access to external consultants where they need linux machines to do work?