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August 4, 2008  8:05 AM

VBox 1.6.4 upgrade fixes folder sharing, VRDP

Rick Vanover Rick Vanover Profile: Rick Vanover

Sun has released VirtualBox 1.6.4, and the upgrade process requires some forward planning. Version 1.6.4 is a collection of fixes to the previous release that mostly revolve around shared folders and the VRDP (VirtualBox Remote Desktop Protocol) implementation. Here is what you need to know if...

July 28, 2008  10:34 AM

Seamless windows in Sun xVM VirtualBox

Rick Vanover Rick Vanover Profile: Rick Vanover

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

Rick Vanover Rick Vanover Profile: Rick Vanover

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 20, 2008  8:50 PM

Considering external-facing virtual machines

Rick Vanover Rick Vanover Profile: Rick Vanover

One of the more overlooked placement discussions that happen within the design or re-engineering phases of virtualization projects involves systems that are on an external network. The placement of external systems can be addressed many different ways, including the use of virtual private...


July 14, 2008  10:27 PM

Using USB device filters with Sun xVM VirtualBox

Rick Vanover Rick Vanover Profile: Rick Vanover

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

Rick Vanover Rick Vanover Profile: Rick Vanover

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 9, 2008  8:12 AM

Four reasons why VMware will retain market share position over the next five years

Rick Vanover Rick Vanover Profile: Rick Vanover

Speculations are overflowing within the virtualization community following Diane Greene's resignation from VMware. As a glass-half-full kind of guy, I'd like to offer my reasons why...


July 8, 2008  2:14 PM

Six reasons Hyper-V will surpass VMware within five years

Bridget Botelho Profile: Bridget Botelho

Clabby Analytics analyst Joe Clabby is 100% convinced that Microsoft's Hyper-V will take over VMware in market share over the next three to five years, and makes some strong points for this in his recent report,


July 7, 2008  12:39 PM

Test virtual environments make for better server upgrades

Rick Vanover Rick Vanover Profile: Rick Vanover

Given that virtual environments for x86 servers are relatively new, most lack direct experience in performing major in-place upgrades. While there are many ways to approach a key upgrade to a virtual environment, we'll take a look at one example of a server virtualization upgrade: VMware ESX 3.5...


July 2, 2008  12:09 PM

Dissecting bridged-network functionality on Sun xVM VirtualBox for Windows

Rick Vanover Rick Vanover Profile: Rick Vanover

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...


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