Hodgepodge 3xNAS Part 3 Virtual Install

Published on May 12, 2023 at 6:15 pm by LEW


In this post I will be installing Debian 12 (Bookworm) Release Candidate (RC) 2 on a Virtualbox (VB) Virtual Machine (VM).

Because this is not the official release (still a couple of months off) I will not be surprised if there are a few minor problems. Because VB is a software emulation, there may also be issues there.

Generally speaking, and depending on the issue, I will probably not have any lengthy discussions that are not germane to the main point of this post. I don’t want to go down any rabbit holes resolving issues that could be either Debian Testing, VB, or interactions between the two. I will leave deep dives into specific problems for future posts. If I have a work around I will state what it is and just use it.

Spin Up a Virtual Box (VB) Virtual Machine (VM)

We need to get a VM setup (spun up) for our server. At this point in the project I want the server to accessible from my Local Area Network (LAN).

At some point in the future I may spin up a VM router, so I can test various methods of accessing the server behind Network Address translation (NAT) software. This is to simulate an Internet Service Providers (ISP) Carrier Grade NAT (CGNAT). I want to test various methods of getting around/through it, so as to be able to access the server form the Internet. But first I need to get the server working.

I have already posted about setting up a VM in VB (please check here), so I will not cover that here. Instead I will just walk through the steps to get things going.

After this you can go into Settings and make further adjustments. I highly recommend adding some comments to General → Description.

Just for the record my initial VM has the following parameters; 4 cpu cores, 4 GB memory, Non EFI install, 1 display, 16 MB video memory, VMSVGA Graphics Controller, 20 GB SATAS drive, Bridged network Adapter.

Installing the OS

When we start the VM, it will boot from the ISP we set earlier and run the installer. I will be going through the installation fairy quickly. Please check this post about installing Debian if you want more information, or have additional questions.

A Few Bumps Along the Way

There are a couple of issues I noted during this install.


This was a quick run through of setting up a Debian base installation in VB. Again I wish to emphasis that as of this writing, Debian 12 has not been released as stable. I suspect that will happen in a few months.

Also for the record, 1.6 GB of hard drive space has been used so far.

After shutting down the VM, I will clone it, and use the clone for the next post on setting up the server.

Hodgepodge 3xNAS Part 1 Project Overview

Hodgepodge 3xNAS Part 2 Software Choices

Hodgepodge 3xNAS Part 3 Virtual Install

Hodgepodge 3xNAS Part 4 Initial Configuration

Hodgepodge 3xNAS Part 5 Need a GUI?

Hodgepodge 3xNAS Part 6 Add a Storage Drive

Hodgepodge 3xNAS Part 7 SMB/CIFS

Hodgepodge 3xNAS Part 8 Expanded Storage

Hodgepodge 3xNAS Part 10 Cockpit Web GUI RAID 5

Hodgepodge 3xNAS Part 11 Mergerfs

Hodgepodge 3xNAS Part 12 Snapraid

Hodgepodge 3xNAS Part 13 LVM

Hodgepodge 3xNAS Part 14 The Server Hardware

Hodgepodge 3xNAS Part 15 The Server Operating System

Hodgepodge 3xNAS Part 16 Cockpit Install

Hodgepodge 3xNAS Part 17 SAMBA Setup

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