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asked 2014-04-17 06:39:58 -0600

Bigboy gravatar image

Puppet Labs offer a very convenient downloadable VM tutorial here:

intended to facilitate Puppet beginners learning their splendid open source configuration product.

My problem is I've yet to get it to work. The virtualbox initially shows a "Centos 6.4" stripe along the bottom of the screen as it boots but then the VM seems to hang with the screen as shown. I've followed the directions as shown on the above web page but with no luck so far.

I'm running version 4.3.10 r93012 of Virtualbox on a Windows XP ... (more)

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This strikes me as a somewhat awkward host system. Could you perhaps dual boot a recent Linux distribution to host the virtualbox?

ffrank gravatar imageffrank ( 2014-04-17 08:41:15 -0600 )edit

Point taken but either Virtualbox works or it doesn't. If it needs a native Linux environment to run properly then its not really a very good virtualisation product is ...(more)

Bigboy gravatar imageBigboy ( 2014-04-17 11:05:06 -0600 )edit

I was more thinking along the lines of Windows XP being downright ancient by now. If a different platform yielded the same result, that is likely not the issue though. (I shall assume it was Debian 3 you tried :-)

ffrank gravatar imageffrank ( 2014-04-17 15:49:09 -0600 )edit

It was a recent Debian installed for the purpose, not currently on a running box. In any event Win XP, Win 7, Win Vista +WIn old uncle Tom Cobbley and all, all have the same Win 32 API so Virtualbox would simply run like any other application.

Bigboy gravatar imageBigboy ( 2014-04-17 17:32:22 -0600 )edit

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answered 2014-04-17 11:24:20 -0600

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You likely have a bad download.

I just downloaded the Cent 6.5 learning VM and it started up on my Mac running Virtual Box 4.3.10 (same version as you).

Try downloading the VM again, and double check the md5 sum

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answered 2014-05-01 10:55:06 -0600

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updated 2014-05-02 11:50:56 -0600

I'm getting the same problems on: Windows 8 (64-Bit) 8GB Ram - 2GB then 4GB allocated to VM Virtual box 4.3.10 r93012.

Then I tried on an old HP Laptop : Ubuntu 12.04 (32-bit) 2GB Ram - 1GB allocated to VM Virtual box 4.3.10 r93012.

sometimes getting past start up only to get Out of memory errors after typing in puppet -V (somtimes getting an answer, sometimes not)

would also appreciate a solution or any help

Thanks in advance


I have now tried the learnpuppetcentos-6.5-pe-3.2.0 instead of learnpuppetcentos-6.5-pe-3.2.2 this works correctly - its just old - just can't do the quest based tutorials :(

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answered 2014-04-18 07:15:38 -0600

Bigboy gravatar image

Seemed like a sensible precaution so downloaded the cent 6.5 learning VM and checked it with md5.

The download checked out correctly but when unzipped and imported into Virtualbox it gave the same (non) result, ie Centos (6.5) stripe at the bottom and then hangs.

Anybody any other ideas?



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When the VM is booting (and you see that "stripe at the bottom") hit <escape> which should display the services as they are starting and you should be able to see which service it stops at. If you really feel like digging your heels in, you could build a separate CentOS VM, to attach the vmdk to.

crashradtke gravatar imagecrashradtke ( 2014-04-23 20:53:11 -0600 )edit

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