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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 on VirtualBox

This article focuses on installing and running RHEL8 (Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8) on VirtualBo. Specifically, this article demonstrates how to install additional driver support to ensure RHEL8 mouse movements and resolutions acre correct.

You can see another good article at “”.

This article starts from a complete installation of RHEL8. If you haven’t already, go and download the RHEL8 ISO from “”. It’s free to download, install and play with.

Register the machine with the Red Hat Network. You’ll need credentials to do this. I don’t think you need a valid Red Hat subscription though.

subscription-manager register --auto-attach

Install the development tools and some other packages.

yum groupinstall "Development Tools"
yum install kernel-devel elfutils-libelf-devel

Get the Guest Additions ISO. You can get the latest by visiting “”.

Run your VirtualBox RHEL8 guest. Click the “CD” icon at the bottom of the VM window. Select “Choose disk image” and browse to the ISO you just downloaded. From within your RHEL8 desktop, Browse to the automatically mounted ISO. Notice in the top right of the file-browser window is a “RUN” button. Click that button. The installation process begins.

At this point you need to reboot your machine. Once you’ve rebooted, log in and go to “Settings”. Go to “Devices” and look for your resolution settings. Set them. You should already notice your mouse is moving more naturally.

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