Regarding the original service not starting problem.

If I do a clean 18.04 install everything works OK. (Apart from Lubuntu
where I couldn't get the installer to work.)

If I do a clean 17.10 install without the guest packages because of bug
#1683043, upgrade to 18.04, install dpkg-dev, install the guest packages
everything works.

If I do a clean 16.04 install, add the guest packages, upgrade to 18.04
during which the guest packages are removed,  re add the guest packages
then Kubuntu, Ubuntu, Xubuntu work.  For Lubuntu and Ubuntu Mate the
virtualbox-guest-utils.service does not start automatically but can be
started manually.  This situation is a bit artificial as the packages
shouldn't be removed during the upgrade.

I suggest we revisit this problem when the upgrade package removal
problem is resolved.

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  virtualbox-guest-utils.service not starting

Status in dkms package in Ubuntu:
  Fix Released

Bug description:
  I am trialing various flavours of Ubuntu in Virtualbox virtual
  machines - Xubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu and Ubuntu Mate.  All version
  18.04, running on Kubuntu 17.10 host.  All set up identically as far
  as I can tell, with virtualbox-guest-dkms, virtualbox-guest-utils and
  virtualbox-guest-x11 installed in each guest.

  All work fine except that shared folders does not work in 2 of the
  VMs.  It works in Xubuntu, Ubuntu but not in Lubuntu and Ubuntu Mate.
  On investigation it appears that the virtualbox-guest-utils.service is
  not started automatically on the two versions not working.  If I start
  it manually everything is OK.

  Here is the status - 
  systemctl status virtualbox-guest-utils.service 
  ‚óŹ virtualbox-guest-utils.service - Virtualbox guest utils
     Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/virtualbox-guest-utils.service; 
enabled; vendor preset: enabled)
     Active: inactive (dead)

  Looking in journalctl there are no messages showing that the service
  tried to start and failed.  There is nothing.

  ProblemType: Bug
  DistroRelease: Ubuntu 18.04
  Package: virtualbox-guest-utils 5.2.8-dfsg-2
  ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 4.15.0-10.11-generic 4.15.3
  Uname: Linux 4.15.0-10-generic i686
  ApportVersion: 2.20.8-0ubuntu10
  Architecture: i386
  CurrentDesktop: LXDE
  Date: Mon Mar  5 09:53:02 2018
  InstallationDate: Installed on 2012-10-23 (1958 days ago)
  InstallationMedia: Lubuntu 12.10 "Quantal Quetzal" - Release i386 (20121017.1)
   PATH=(custom, no user)
  SourcePackage: virtualbox
  UpgradeStatus: Upgraded to bionic on 2018-03-04 (0 days ago)

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