Linux Guest Hosts Installer Download Location

Discussion in 'Linux Virtual Machine' started by SkiFan, Feb 17, 2023.

  1. SkiFan

    SkiFan Bit poster

    So on Parallels Desktop 18
    • Ubuntu Linux 22.04, 21.10, 21.04, 20.10, 20.04 
    • Fedora Workstation 37, 36, 35, 34, 33-1.2 
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9
    • Debian GNU/Linux 11, 10 
    • Kali Linux 2022.2, 2022.1, 2021.3
    Where are these installer files being downloaded, or are you downloading a pre-built archive file, extracting it and then deleting the archive - is there any way we can see the workings of this or check to see that the archive file has actually been deleted after its extracted presumably into the virtual machines directory?

    There is nothing in the KB about this and with Windows you put the ISO into the Downloads folder, can't see anything download related from any of the above Linux distributions when you run the setup from within the Parallels Desktop new host menu.

    Any extra info you can give on this topic would be greatly appreciated as it's obviously a slightly odd way to do it and the software gives no info about what it's doing nor are there any settings about temporary download locations, etc.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. Pavel Merkulov

    Pavel Merkulov Parallels Team

    When we create a Linux virtual machine, we download the pre-built archive file, after creating the virtual machine it is deleted.

    You can check this by following these steps:

    1. Open ~/Parallels/ folder.
    2. Start creating a virtual machine.

    You will see a folder with the UUID of the new machine where the archive is located. After installation, the folder will be automatically deleted.
  3. SkiFan

    SkiFan Bit poster

    Hi Pavel,

    Thanks for coming back to me one of your support agents did give me this info - there should really be an update KB on which virtual machines are pre-built files that you have created and which are ISO downloads from the software company with verified md5 signatures - its potentially unsafe from a company point of view downloading an OS that someone else has pre-configured.

    Hope you're well and thank you.

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