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Nov 14 2009

VirtualBox just keeps getting better


virtualbox thumb VirtualBox just keeps getting betterI found VirtualBox back in March and it’s been just awesome. Version 3.0.10 has been released; I was notified via the automatic updater [yea! I love those things].

If your an IT Administrator/Consultant or just a ‘Curious Jobe’, your going to find yourself loving virtual box. It’s like playing the house with firecrackers, but the house is made of [well] everything fireproof.

I mean seriously, who likes living not knowing how everything works and what it takes to get to this, or that point- not me.

Now screenshots of Virtualbox show it in a window, but you can run VirtualBox in a full screen mode; it’s so juicy. There’s no lag to it- it just works and if you star and work with it long enough, you just forget there’s a virtual machine and your only using one machine.

Before I loaded my DELL M60 with Ubuntu 9.10 I wanted to make sure everything looked good. What better way to do this than with VirtualBox. I can try out virtual Operating System’s with absolutely no worry on my part. No boot changes, no boot sequences to muck with- it just works. And I like ‘it just works’.

VirtualBoxscreenshot thumb VirtualBox just keeps getting betterI still have my test environments and everything is fine in their own respective regard; I’ve no complaints.

I’ve a 32-bit XP system loaded to deal with incompatibilities from my 64-bit world.

You would think that in a virtual machine would wouldn’t get sounds and multimedia and you would be WRONG. After I loaded up Ubuntu I found some music, loaded the required files for Ubuntu and started playing; the sound comes right out your existing speakers like there’s nothin’ as if there there was never a worry.

Matter of fact, it was working with the Virtual system that I found an issue with Ubuntu that I didn’t like and later was able to find a solution. You can mess around, you can destroy the whole fabric of the virtual machine and come back and reboot, and your back again… causing chaos.. happily.

VirtualBox  has the abilities to adjust the system as you see fit. As long as the resources allow you can do what you want…

This is all the things they fixed in this release:

    * VMM: guest SMP stability fixes

    * VMM: fixed guru meditation with nested paging and SMP guests (bug #5222)

    * VMM: changed VT-x/AMD-V usage to detect other active hypervisors; necessary for e.g. Windows 7 XP compatibility mode (Windows & Mac OS X hosts only; bug #4239)

    * VMM: guru meditation during SCO OpenServer installation and reboot (VT-x only; bug #5164)

    * VMM: fixed accessed bit handling in certain cases (bug #5248)

    * VMM: fixed VPID flushing (VT-x only)

    * VMM: fixed broken nested paging for 64 bits guests on 32 bits hosts (AMD-V only; bug #5285)

    * VMM: fixed loading of old saved states/snapshots (bug #3984)

    * Mac OS X hosts: fixed memory leaks (bug #5084)

    * Mac OS X hosts (Snow Leopard): fixed redraw problem in a dual screen setup (bug #4942)

    * Windows hosts: installer updates for Windows 7

    * Solaris hosts: out of memory handled incorrectly (bug #5241)

    * Solaris hosts: the previous fix for #5077 broke the DVD host support on Solaris 10 (VBox 3.0.8 regression)

    * Linux hosts: fixed module compilation against Linux 2.6.32rc4 and later

    * Guest Additions: fixed possible guest OS kernel memory exhaustion

    * Guest Additions: fixed stability issues with SMP guests

    * Windows Additions: fixed color depth issue with low resolution hosts, netbooks, etc. (bug #4935)

    * Windows Additions: fixed NO_MORE_FILES error when saving to shared folders (bug #4106)

    * Windows Additions: fixed subdirectory creation on shared folders (bug #4299)

    * Linux Additions: sendfile() returned –EOVERFLOW when executed on a shared folder (bug #2921)

    * Linux Additions: fixed incorrect disk usage value (non-Windows hosts only)

    * Linux installer: register the module sources at DKMS even if the package provides proper modules for the current running kernel

    * 3D support: removed invalid OpenGL assertion (bug #5158)

    * Network: fixed the Am79C973 PCNet emulation for QNX (and probably other) guests (bug #3206)

    * VMDK: fix handling of split image variants

    * VHD: do not delay updating the footer when expanding the image to prevent image inconsistency

    * USB: stability fix for some USB 2.0 devices

    * GUI: added a search index to the .chm help file

    * GUI/Windows hosts: fixed CapsLock handling on French keyboards (bug #2025)

    * Shared clipboard/X11 hosts: fixed a crash when clipboard initialisation failed (bug #4987)

But it’s never crashed on me and that makes it that much more fun to muck with!

 

Thanks for reading!

 

Thanks,
L. Henry Jr.
http://www.lehsys.com



  • Robert

    Hello Larry,

    I was searching for info about virtual software-testing and came across your Mar '09 article
    "Test NOT On Your Own Machine'". This article, as well, has been helpful.
    Some of the software that I test requires a restart to complete the installation.
    Do you know if VirtualBox can do that without dumping the partially-installed program?

    I've looked at several other virtualizers like Returnil, Deep Freeze, Windows Steady State, and none of them seems able to do this.

    Reading about system virtualization is making me want it for more than just software testing.

    Thank you.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/lehenryjr lehenryjr

      I continue to use VB for my testing purposes and it works out very
      well; I really love it.

      I do all my product testing on it. My experience, thus far, is that it
      acts just like a whole other PC. you create a VDI [virtual hard drive]
      and from what I find it's a system all to it's self.

      But in response to your query, I've a copy ANYDVD [requires reboot to
      install]; I was able to install it with a reboot and it's fine.

      Hope this helps.

      Thanks,

      L. Henry Jr.

      http://www.lehsys.com

  • keygerafer

    NICE.

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