Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Installing IE7-IE11 on VirtualBox

Microsoft has long provided virtual images for IE6-IE11, but the installation often requires using a combination of curl and manual steps to setup.  The script provides an automated way to create VirtualBox images.   In addition, it also provides the option to save download time by reusing previously downloaded virtual images and upgrade to a specific browser version.  For instance, rather than using Windows Vista for IE7 image provided by Microsoft, the script can download the Windows XP for IE6 image and auto-upgrade the browser version to IE7.

To install, you can run:
IEVMS_VERSIONS="7 8 9 10 11" ./

If you abort your install or need to reinstall, there are a few places to check:

1. Go to File -> Virtual Media Manager.  Remove any of the .vmdk that you are trying to install.
2. Remove the .vbox file ( i.e. /Users/johnsmith/VirtualBox VMs/IE8 - WinXP/IE8 - WinXP.vbox)
3.  Remove the ~/.ievms directory.

This PR enhancement should helpfully improve the checking of incomplete downloads:

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