Posted by: Rick Vanover
Of the major hypervisors, I am particularly intrigued by Sun xVM. In this blog, I’ll give a quick tour of Sun xVM VirtualBox and show how to make a virtual machine.
Setting up Sun xVM
The download and install are quick and easy. VirtualBox has a small 23 MB download for Windows x86 platforms, and the install was very fast and did not require a reboot. Once VirtualBox is installed and running, creating a virtual machine is also a snap. The VirtualBox interface to create a virtual machine was quite intuitive. In fact, I created a few virtual machines without any issues at all. The figure below shows the VirtualBox console with the control pane for the two virtual machines I created:
Sun xVM good for client-side virtualization
All of the basic functionality of a virtualization product is present in VirtualBox. This includes .ISO mapping, snapshot technology, a hardware inventory manager and network placement technologies. One difference from the VMware products is a full editor for the MAC address, meaning you can specify a full MAC address for the virtual machine. This presents a lot of functionality, but a little dangerous for the masses if you ask me.
I have used VMware Server and VMware Workstation for my client side virtualization for a long time. However, I am going to go with VirtualBox as I have a new workstation. I will continue to share my feedback? Have you had any positive or negative experiences with VirtualBox? If so, please share them below.