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VirtualBox 3.1: Beginner's Guide by Alfonso V Romero

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Time for action—pausing, resuming, and saving your virtual machine's state

In this exercise, I'll show you how to use the controlvm command to pause, resume, and save the state of your Puppy Linux virtual machine.

  1. Start your PuppyLinuxVB virtual machine with VBoxManage startvm.
  2. Once the Puppy Linux virtual machine is running, execute the following command from the command prompt:
    "C:\Program Files\Sun\VirtualBox\VBoxManage" controlvm "PuppyLinux" pause
    
  3. Your PuppyLinuxVB virtual machine window will be grayed out, and the word [Paused] will appear next to the virtual machine's name in the Title bar to indicate that the VM is paused:
    Time for action—pausing, resuming, and saving your virtual machine's state
  4. Now execute the following ...

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