Monday, December 27, 2010

Virtual Box 4

Virtual Box 4 is the latest edition of the freeware virtualization software offered by oracle.

New Features in this version.
  • Reorganization of VirtualBox into a base package and Extension Packs.
  • Major changes to the GUI.
  • VMM: support more than 1.5/2 GB guest RAM on 32-bit hosts
  • New virtual hardware.
  • Improvements to OVF support.
  • Resource control: added support for limiting a VM’s CPU time and IO bandwidth.
  • Storage: support asynchronous I/O for iSCSI, VMDK, VHD and Parallels images
  • Storage: support for resizing VDI and VHD images; see chapter 8.21, VBoxManage modifyhd.
  • Guest Additions: support for multiple virtual screens in Linux and Solaris guests using X.Org server 1.3 and later
  • Lot of other improvements.
see for details and changelog.

Seamless View - One of the great features of VirtualBox is the ability to switch to seamless view. Once the virtual machine is running select - "Machine" - "Switch to Seamless mode".

Virtual Box 4.0 running WindowsXP in seamless mode

see more screenshots below.

Virtual Box Manager Screen

Settings - General

Settings - System

Settings - Display

Settings - Storage

Settings - Audio

Settings - Network

Settings - Serial Ports

Settings - usb

Settings - Shared Folders