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July 28, 2008  10:34 AM

Seamless windows in Sun xVM VirtualBox



Posted by: Rick Vanover
Rick Vanover, Sun xVM, VirtualBox, Virtualization platforms

A product that provides a smooth transition between host and virtual machine helps when selecting a product for virtualization on a workstation. Sun xVM VirtualBox offers a seamless session that can make the transition between your guest and host quite transparent. The seamless window...

July 23, 2008  9:53 AM

Sun xVM VirtualBox easily enables folder sharing



Posted by: Rick Vanover
Rick Vanover, Sun xVM, VirtualBox, Virtualization

One of the features that make desktop virtualization packages attractive is the ability to move files from the host to the guest virtual machine without the use of a network. Sun xVM VirtualBox has this functionality, so let's go through it for use on Windows systems. Enabling shared folders is...


July 14, 2008  10:27 PM

Using USB device filters with Sun xVM VirtualBox



Posted by: Rick Vanover
Rick Vanover, Sun xVM, VirtualBox, Virtualization

A virtualization package is ready for prime time when it has a full array of device connectivity between the host and the guest virtual machine (VM). Let's take a quick look at USB device redirection in Sun xVM VirtualBox 1.6.2. The USB device functionality has a nice feature that allows a...


July 9, 2008  10:31 AM

Guest Additions installation makes the grade with VirtualBox



Posted by: Rick Vanover
Rick Vanover, Sun xVM, Video, VirtualBox, Virtualization, Virtualization platforms

The Sun xVM VirtualBox Guest Additions host and guest driver integration suite optimizes the guest experience in a way similar to the VMware Tools installation. The virtualization suite installs within the guest operating system with a small footprint on most of the supported platforms within...


July 2, 2008  12:09 PM

Dissecting bridged-network functionality on Sun xVM VirtualBox for Windows



Posted by: Rick Vanover
Networking, Rick Vanover, Sun xVM, VirtualBox, Virtualization, Virtualization management, Virtualization platforms

If you have not noticed, I have been on a Sun xVM VirtualBox kick recently. I think it is beneficial to virtualization administrators and managers to be familiar with at least two hypervisors -- so why not learn more about xVM? VirtualBox has a smooth interface for a version 1 release, but the one...


July 1, 2008  12:05 PM

Importing VMDK disk files into Sun xVM VirtualBox



Posted by: Rick Vanover
Rick Vanover, Sun xVM, VirtualBox, Virtualization, Virtualization platforms

Sun xVM VirtualBox for Windows offers the capability to import VMware-based VMDK files into a virtual machine (VM), making a migration or cross-platform deployment quite...


June 25, 2008  10:24 AM

Getting to know Sun xVM VirtualBox snapshots



Posted by: Rick Vanover
Rick Vanover, Storage, Sun xVM, Virtual machine, VirtualBox, Virtualization management

Desktop virtualization packages rely on snapshots and virtual drive functionality. The de facto functionality standard here is found in VMware Workstation and VMware Server, but the tools in Sun's VirtualBox may be setting a new standard. Let's take a quick look at how snapshots and virtual drives...


June 19, 2008  9:05 AM

Using VRDP to view VirtualBox virtual machines remotely



Posted by: Rick Vanover
Rick Vanover, Sun xVM, Virtualization, Virtualization management, Virtualization platforms, Virtualization strategies

In last week's blog, I wrote about my first experiences with

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