I’m currently doing a Data Science on Coursera (https://www.coursera.org/course/datasci) that requires me to complete assignments using a provided virtual machine. The easiest option for playing the VM seems to be VirtualBox however I can’t install it on my PC. So I’m going to try to get it running on an Azure VM instead (essentially running a VM within a VM).
First, set up a new Azure VM (e.g. DataSciServer) – I’ve detailed how to do this in a previous post. On DataSciServer, download VirtualBox from https://www.virtualbox.org/ & install.
Download data science VM (.ova file format). Launch VirtualBox, click the File menu & Import Appliance. In the Import Virtual Appliance window, enter .ova file location & click Next.
In the Appliance Settings window, click Import.
Once imported, you should see the VM details in the VirtualBox screen.
Highlight the VM & click Start.
This is the point at which we find out if running VirtualBox in an Azure VM is possible…