Virtualbox

VirtualBox 5.1.6 released, Linux 4.8 fix for the kernel display driver

VirtualBox 5.1.6 was recently released as a 5.1 maintenance release which improves stability and fixes regressions. Some addressed issues includes fixed issue with opening ‘.vbox’ files and it’s aliases, keyboard grabbing fixes and many others. VirtualBox 5.1.6 changelog   GUI: fixed issue with opening ‘.vbox’ files and it’s aliases GUI: keyboard grabbing fixes GUI: fix for passing through Ctrl + mouse-click GUI: fixed automatic deletion of extension pack files USB: fixed showing unknown device instead of the manufacturer or product description under certain circumstances XHCI: another fix for a hanging guest under certain conditions as result of the fix for bug #15747, this time for Windows 7 guests Serial: fixed high CPU usage with certain USB to serial converters on Linux hosts Storage: fixed attaching stream optimized VMDK images Storage: reject image variants which are unsupported by the backend Storage: fixed loading saved states created with VirtualBox 5.

Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0.22 released, Install on Ubuntu 16.04

VirtualBox 5.0.22 released today, a maintenance release of VirtualBox 5.0 which improves stability and fixes regressions. Some addressed issues includes fix for certain 32-bit guests, fixed mouse pointer offset, made old X.Org releases work again with kernels 3.11 and later, fixed X.Org crash after hard guest reset. VirtualBox 5.0.22 changelog VMM: fixes for certain Intel Atom hosts VMM: properly restore the complete FPU state for 32-bit guests on 64-bit hosts on Intel Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge CPUs VMM: new I/O-APIC implementation fixing several bugs and improving the performance under certain conditions VMM: fixed a potential Linux guest panic on AMD hosts VMM: fixed a potential hang with 32-bit EFI guests on Intel CPUs (VT-x without unrestricted guest execution) GUI: don’t allow to start subsequent separate VM instances GUI: raised upper limit for video capture screen resolution GUI: warn if the VM has less than 128MB VRAM configured and 3D enabled Main: when monitoring DNS configuration changes on Windows hosts avoid false positives from competing DHCP renewals.

How to install RemoteBox 2.1 tool on Ubuntu 16.04

RemoteBox 2.1 recently released, is a VirtualBox client tool that enables you to essentially administer the installation of a virtualbox on a server remotely (ie over the network), including its guests and interact with them as if they were running locally. RemoteBox 2.1 Changelog Added support for TCP mode on virtual serial ports Added support for encryption of the guest Added additional fields in the VMM, Encrypted & UUID Added support for 4 serial ports Added support for setting the audio controller codec Paused guests can now be powered off Set default guest OS types for new guests to Windows 7 64bit, Ubuntu 64bit, Solaris 11 64bit for their respective OS families Improved logon failure error reporting.

ReactOS 0.4.1 (Windows XP Alternative) released

The ReactOS team recently announced the release of ReactOS 0.4.1 just three months after the release of 0.4.0. ReactOS is the best known Windows XP alternative. Imagine running your favorite Windows applications and drivers in an open-source environment you can trust. That’s ReactOS. Not just an Open but also a Free operating system. ReactOS 0.4.1 Changelog Due to the brief period of time between the two releases, 0.4.1 is ultimately a refinement of what was in 0.

VirtualBox 5.0.20 released with Linux Kernel 4.5 fixes

VirtualBox 5.0.20 released today, a maintenance release of VirtualBox 5.0 which improves stability and fixes regressions. Note that this release does not contain fixes for the X11 Guest Additions so users affected by 5.0.18 regressions with X.org Linux guests should continue to use the 5.0.16 Guest Additions for the time being. These regressions will be handled with the next 5.0.x maintenance release. The main reason for this quick update are the 5.

VirtualBox 5.0.18 released with Improved Stability and Regressions Fixes

VirtualBox 5.0.18 recently released, is a cross-platform virtualization application that installs on your Intel or AMD-based computers, and runs on Windows, Mac, Linux or Solaris operating systems. It extends the capabilities of your computer so that it can run multiple operating systems (inside multiple virtual machines) at the same time. VirtualBox 5.0.18 changelog GUI: position off-screen windows to be fully visible again on relaunch in consistence with default-behavior GUI: fixed the View menu / Full-screen Mode behavior on Mac OS X El Capitan GUI: fixed a test which allowed to encrypt a hard disk with an empty password GUI: fixed a crash under certain conditions during VM shutdown GUI: fixed the size of the VM list scrollbar in the VM selector when entering a group PC speaker passthrough: fixes (Linux hosts only) Drag and drop: several fixes SATA: fixed hotplug flag handling when EFI is used Storage: fixed handling of encrypted disk images with SCSI controllers Storage: fixed possible crash with Solaris 7 if the BusLogic SCSI controller is used USB: properly purge non-ASCII characters from USB strings NAT Network: fixed 100% CPU load in VBoxNetNAT on Mac OS X under certain circumstances ACPI: fixed ACPI tables to make the display color management settings available again for older Windows versions (4.

Virtualbox 5.0.12 released – Supports Kernel 3.10.0-327.el7 with latest RHEL 7.2

VirtualBox 5.0.12 recently released, is a cross-platform virtualization application that installs on your Intel or AMD-based computers, and runs on Windows, Mac, Linux or Solaris operating systems. It extends the capabilities of your computer so that it can run multiple operating systems (inside multiple virtual machines) at the same time. VirtualBox 5.0.12 changelog Fixed the validation of IPv6 port-forwarding rules Improved handling of text selection mouse pointer added LBA64 support for being able to boot from huge hard disks Fixed .

Virtualbox 5.0.10 released with added basic support for X.Org Server 1.18

VirtualBox 5.0.10 released with added basic support for X.Org Server 1.18. Virtualbox is a cross-platform virtualization application that installs on your Intel or AMD-based computers, and runs on Windows, Mac, Linux or Solaris operating systems. It extends the capabilities of your computer so that it can run multiple operating systems (inside multiple virtual machines) at the same time. VirtualBox 5.0.10 changelog VMM: improved support for certain Intel Atom CPUs VMM: system register emulation fix GUI: fixed immediate screenshot issue GUI: fixed another 3D overlay window reparenting issue when the VM is switched to fullscreen mode on X11 hosts GUI: fixed help index GUI: fixed state synchronization issue in the VM manager window when VM was paused from its runtime window Audio: fixed suspending/resuming audio streams on VM pause/unpause Audio: properly reset AC97 audio streams, otherwise there is silence until a non-48 kHz stream is played Audio: fixed a small emulation quirk of the AD1980 codec of the HDA device to make recent linux guests work USB: serveral fixes for the xHCI controller USB: fixed a crash under certain conditions on hosts with Linux kernels older than version 3.

VirtualBox 5.0.4 released

VirtualBox 5.0.4 recently released, is a cross-platform virtualization application that installs on your Intel or AMD-based computers, and runs on Windows, Mac, Linux or Solaris operating systems. It extends the capabilities of your computer so that it can run multiple operating systems (inside multiple virtual machines) at the same time. VirtualBox 5.0.4 changelog VMM: fixed an issue with Windows 10 guest kernel debugging over the network for Hyper-V paravirtualized VMs VMM: fixed a bug which prevented reading the saved state of the ‘PATM’ unit from VirtualBox 4.

VirtualBox 5.0.2 released

VirtualBox 5.0.2 recently released, is a cross-platform virtualization application that installs on your Intel or AMD-based computers, and runs on Windows, Mac, Linux or Solaris operating systems. It extends the capabilities of your computer so that it can run multiple operating systems (inside multiple virtual machines) at the same time. VirtualBox 5.0.2 changelog VMM: added support for guest crash report MSRs with Hyper-V paravirtualization VMM: fixed an issue causing artifically high load averages on Linux hosts VMM: fixed a kernel panic with thread-context hooks caused by incompatible changes made to Linux 4.

VirtualBox 4.3.28 released with several fixes

VirtualBox 4.3.28 recently released, is a cross-platform virtualization application that installs on your Intel or AMD-based computers, and runs on Windows, Mac, Linux or Solaris operating systems. It extends the capabilities of your computer so that it can run multiple operating systems (inside multiple virtual machines) at the same time. VirtualBox 4.3.28 changelog VMM: fixed a Guru Meditation when rebooting certain guests (for example Solaris doing fast reboot) by fixing the implementation for INIT IPI VMM: added some information for diagnosing rare VERR_VMX_INVALID_VMXON_PTR Guru Meditations (VT-x only) GUI: HID LEDs sync: prevent synchronization if VM window has no focus (Windows and Mac OS X hosts only) GUI: fixed drag and drop moving the cursor between guest screens on certain hosts 3D: fixed a crash on restoring the VM state on X11 hosts 3D: fixed a crash on Linux guest shutdown VRDP: fixed incompatibility with rdesktop 1.

VirtualBox 5.0 Beta 1 released

VirtualBox 5.0 Beta 1 recently released, is a cross-platform virtualization application that installs on your Intel or AMD-based computers, and runs on Windows, Mac, Linux or Solaris operating systems. It extends the capabilities of your computer so that it can run multiple operating systems (inside multiple virtual machines) at the same time. VirtualBox 5.0 Beta 1 changelog Paravirtualization support for Windows and Linux guests to improve time-keeping accuracy and performance Make more instruction set extensions available to the guest when running with hardware-assisted virtualization and nested paging.

VirtualBox 4.3.26 released

VirtualBox 4.3.26 just released yesterday, is a cross-platform virtualization application that installs on your Intel or AMD-based computers, and runs on Windows, Mac, Linux or Solaris operating systems. It extends the capabilities of your computer so that it can run multiple operating systems (inside multiple virtual machines) at the same time. This is a maintenance release. The following items were fixed and/or added: GUI: in the snapshots pane, protect the age of snapshots against wrong host time NAT Network: fixed a bug which prevented to propagate any DNS name server / domain / search string information to the NAT network NAT Network: don’t delay the shutdown of VBoxSVC on Windows hosts Mouse support: the mouse could not be moved under rare conditions if no Guest Additions are installed Storage: if the guest ejects a virtual CD/DVD medium, make the change permanent VGA: made saving secondary screen sizes possible in X11 guests SDK: fixed the VirtualBox.

VirtualBox 4.3.24 released

VirtualBox 4.3.24 recently released, is a cross-platform virtualization application that installs on your Intel or AMD-based computers, and runs on Windows, Mac, Linux or Solaris operating systems. It extends the capabilities of your computer so that it can run multiple operating systems (inside multiple virtual machines) at the same time. This is a maintenance release. The following items were fixed and/or added: VMM: emulation fix for the ENTER instruction under certain conditions; fixes Solaris 10 guests (VT-x without unrestricted guest execution) VMM: fix for handling NMIs on Linux hosts with X2APIC enabled NAT/NAT Network: fix connection drops when the host’s DHCP lease was renewed NAT: don’t crash on an empty domain list when switching the DNS host configuration PXE: re-enable it on Windows hosts Shared Folders: fixed a problem with Windows guests Audio: improved record quality when using the DirectSound audio backend VBoxManage: when executing the controlvm command take care that the corresponding VM runtime changes are saved permanently Windows Installer: properly install the 32-bit version of VBoxRes.

VirtualBox 4.3.22 Build 98236 released

VirtualBox 4.3.22 recently released, is a cross-platform virtualization application that installs on your Intel or AMD-based computers, and runs on Windows, Mac, Linux or Solaris operating systems. It extends the capabilities of your computer so that it can run multiple operating systems (inside multiple virtual machines) at the same time. This release is a maintenance release and addresses the followings: VMM: refined measurement of TSC frequency on the host, improves timekeeping for guests VMM: decreased CPU load resulting from guest MMIO writes to the virtual APIC VMM: fixed interception of debug exceptions, observed while using the dbx debugger on Solaris guests (VT-x only) GUI: 3D overlay window positioning code improved, fixed potential misplacement of 3D accelerated guest graphics content GUI: fixed accident SSL authentication failures during update check on Windows hosts GUI: never send the “ACPI power” keyboard scancode to the guest, we have the ACPI power button for that GUI: was unable to properly restore seamless mode VM from snapshot/saved-state under some circumstances see change log for full details

Install Ubuntu 12.04.4 LTS on VirtualBox 4.3.10

This is a quick step by step video tutorial on how to install Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) on Oracle VirtualBox Manager v4.3.10. This release came with a number of features and bug fixes between since release 12.04.3 Highlights of Ubuntu 12.04.4 LTS (Precise Pangolin): There is a new way to quickly search and access menu and indicator actions, called the “HUD” (Heads-Up Display) System Settings has several new “options” to customize Unity’s look and behavior Nautilus quicklist support has been added to Unity launcher Network Manager now uses dnsmasq for improved DNS reliability and support for split-DNS on VPN links The default music player has been switched to Rhythmbox, LibreOffice has been updated to 3.

Install SteamOS on Oracle VirtualBox 4.3.10

If you fancy trying out StemOS without the need to invest on expensive hardware’s, then this post would guide you on how to install SteamOS on a Virtual Machine using Oracle VirtualBox. I am testing this on VirtualBox version 4.3.10. The performance on a Virtual Machine cannot be compared to installing on an actual physical machine but using a VM would suffice for test purposes. Heads Up: You must exercise patience if you are to successfully install SteamOS on VirtualBox 🙂

Install Virtualbox Guest Additions in Ubuntu 14.04

If you have recently installed Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr on Oracle VM VirtualBox Manager, you may notice that your screen isn’t re-sizing and you are unable to copy and paste into the terminal even after you had set both ‘Shared Clipboard’ and ‘Dran’n’Drop’ to Bidirectional. You need to install the VirtulaBox Guest Additions to resolve this. Below is recommended steps to accomplish that: Install Steps – Install DKMS (Dynamic Kernel Module Support) Package

Upgrade to Virtualbox 4.3.8 in Ubuntu 13.10

Oracle has announced the release of Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3.8, released on 25th February, 2014. This release is a maintenance release to fix lots of bugs as documented in VirtualBox ChangeLog wiki. Steps to Installing or Upgrading is as documented below: Steps: Install/Upgrade – Run the following commands: $ sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian $(lsb_release -sc) contrib" /etc/apt/sources.list.d/virtualbox.list' $ wget -q http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian/oracle_vbox.asc -O- | sudo apt-key add - $ sudo apt-get update $ sudo apt-get install virtualbox-4.

Install latest VirtualBox on Ubuntu 13.10

VirtualBox is a free x86 and AMD64/Intel64 virtualisation solution allowing a wide range of x86/x64 operating systems such as Windows, Linux to run on a Linux system. This tutorial is a simple step-by-step approach on how to install the latest virtualbox on Ubuntu 13.10. Step 1: Add VirtualBox PPA to Repository – Open your terminal and run following commands: [code lang=”js”]sudo sh -c ‘echo “deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian $(lsb_release -sc) contrib” >> /etc/apt/sources.

No Sound Ubuntu 13.10 on VirtualBox

After installing a fresh copy of Ubuntu 13.10 64bit on a VirtualBox, I noticed that the sound wasn’t working during boot-up and while trying to play a music. I searched online for solution but non worked in my case since I was using a VirtualBox. Luckily for me I made a simple change on the VirtualBox settings and there came the sound at last 🙂 How did I do it? – Shutdown the virtualbox machine, click on the settings button Audio tab.

Install Linux Mint 16 Petra Xfce on VirtualBox

Linux Mint 16 Xfce recently released as part of the Linux Mint 16 Editions codename “Petra” is a lightweight desktop environment which aims to be fast and low on system resources, while still being visually appealing and user friendly. This edition features all the improvements from the latest Linux Mint release on top of an Xfce 4.10 desktop. For a complete tour of the new features in Xfce, visit http://www.linuxmint.com/rel_petra_xfce_whatsnew.php I have documented below steps to installing Xfce Edition (64bit) on a VirtualBox for those that fancy a trial Step 1: Download ISO file – Visit Linux Mint download page and download either 32bit or 64bit.

Install Ubuntu GNOME 13.10 on VirtualBox

Ubuntu GNOME which was formerly known as Ubuntu GNOME Remix is part of the Ubuntu flavor, featuring the GNOME Desktop Environment experience. The idea behind this is, its intended for users to mostly have the GNOME desktop experience feel. Integrating Gnome desktop environment into Ubuntu to some maybe a good and fantastic idea but others may be a bad idea. This is now down to individual experience and desire. Below is simple step by step on how to install Ubuntu Gnome 13.

Install Linux Mint 16 Petra KDE on VirtualBox

Linux Mint 16 KDE Edition recently released as part of the Linux Mint 16 Editions codename “Petra” is a vibrant, innovative, advanced, modern looking and full-featured desktop environment. This edition features all the improvements from the latest Linux Mint release on top of KDE 4.11. For a complete tour of the new features in KDE 4.11, visit http://linuxmint.com/rel_petra_kde_whatsnew.php. I have documented below steps to installing KDE Edition (64bit) on a VirtualBox for those that fancy a trial Step 1: Download ISO file – Visit Linux Mint download page and download either 32bit or 64bit.

Install Linux Mint 16 Petra Cinnamon on VirtualBox

Linux Mint 16 Cinnamon Edition recently released as part of the Linux Mint 16 Editions codename “Petra” is a Linux desktop which provides advanced innovative features and a traditional user experience. The desktop layout is similar to GNOME Panel (GNOME 2); however, the underlying technology was forked from GNOME Shell (GNOME 3). The emphasis is put on making users feel at home and providing them with an easy to use and comfortable desktop experience.

How to Clone Ubuntu/CentOS/RHEL VirtualBox VM

It just occurred to me that when running Ubuntu or any other virtual machine OS using Oracle VirtualBox in a lab scenario and you need to install multiple copies of the same OS, it would make sense to create cloned copies of the original VM. VirtualBox does come with a cloning feature to enable you clone the VM but an issue will always arise which is duplicate UUID of the hard disks.

Dual Boot Windows 8 and Ubuntu 13.10 using VirtualBox

Have you ever thought about dual booting a Windows 8 machine with Ubuntu on a VirtualBox. Some may think its impossible but I can assure you that I have tried it and can confirm it works perfectly well without any issues. Below is the version of each components I used. Note that this is solely for testing and should not be used for LIVE environment. Step 1: Component Versions – VirtualBox 4.

Install VirtualBox Guest Additions on Ubuntu 13.10

VirtualBox Guest Additions is a software that brings new features to VirtualBox, such as enabling the users to copy paste between the host computer and the operating system inside VirtualBox. This allows the guest machines to fully integrate with the host machine using VirtualBox technology. Installing the guest additions software is quite simple as we shall see below Step 1: Update & Install Packages – First open Terminal and switch to root account with this command [code language=”js”]# sudo su -[/code]

Installing Ubuntu 13.10 Desktop on VirtualBox

If you are one of those newbies to Ubuntu OS like me and want an easy way to play with the platform, I have put together simple step-by-step instruction on how to install a typical Ubuntu Desktop on a VirtualBox. Version 13.10 was the most recent release as at the time of writing this post. Step 1: Download the ISO file – Go to Ubuntu Desktop download page. Select either 32bit or 64bit and click on the orange download button.

Configure CentOS network running on a VirtualBox

If you had recently installed CentOS on a VirtualBox and unable to connect to the internet, this simple step would come in handy for you to get your OS connected to the internet. Steps: Using a Bridged Adapter or NAT (Network Address Translation) would achieve the same result. Difference between the two options is: [quote style=”boxed”]NAT: This enables the guest machine to access the Internet, but via a private IP address that cannot be seen from the host or the rest of your physical network.

Install Windows 8.1 on VirtualBox

With the recent release of Windows 8.1 preview by Microsoft, I have been privileged to be amongst the first to test run the Operating System and have a feel of what it offers. Since this is a preview version, its advisable to test run it in a virtual environment before deploying it in your production environment. Step 1: Download Install Files – Download latest version of VirtualBox (Currently running version 4.

Installing CentOS 6.4 on VirtualBox

I would like to share with you a tool I have been using to monitor all our internal servers and applications. This monitoring tool is called Zabbix and I must say I am pleased with it. To begin with we need to install the Linux OS and thereafter deploy the tool as a package and demonstrate how it works in future post. Requirement: – DownloadCentOS 6.4 minimal installer – Download and Install VirtualBox 4.

Configure iSCSI connection on FreeNAS

In continuation from previous post (Installing FreeNAS on VirtualBox), I will setup the additional storage earlier added and configure FreeNAS for iSCSI target. Note: You need a windows machine to access the FreeNAS admin page via a web browser – Log onto a windows machine on the network and browse the FreeNAS VM IP Address (http://). Enter the username and password used in previous post – Next is to configure the additional storage and make it available for clustering.

Change UUID of VirtualBox Hard Disk vdi

While re-adding a deleted hard disk on my virtualbox server with same drive name, I got the following annoying 🙁 error “Failed to create the hard disk storage… Cannot register the hard disk… because a hard disk with UUID xxx already exists“. OK lets fix this: – Open command prompt as Administrator, change directory to the install path ‘C:\Program Files\Oracle\VirtualBox’ (Might be different from your depending on where you installed the application), type in the following command: VBoxManage.

Installing FreeNAS v8.3.1 on VirtualBox 4.2.12

Hi all, this post will cover the installing of FreeNAS on VirtualBox. This will serve as the backbone for upcoming clustering posts. To be begin, you need the following: Requirement: – Download the latest FreeNAS here – Download and install VirtualBox Setup: – Launch VirtualBox and click on New button – Under Create Virtual Machine, enter name of server, select BSD as type and select appropriate version of FreeNAS downloaded (x86 or x64) – Allocate at least 512mb of memory to this VM – Create a new virtual hard drive – Select drive type but will recommend you stick to VDI format – Select either Dynamic or Fixed disk – Allocate at least 4GB of space for the hard disk and choose location you want the disk created – Select the newly created VM and click on Settings.

Clone a Virtual Machine in VirtualBox

In this post, I will show us how to clone a Windows Server 2008 R2 Virtual Machine using VirtualBox. The version of VirtualBox I am working with is v4.2.10. Steps: – Launch the Oracle VM VirtualBox Manager – Right-Click on the VM you intend to clone and click Clone… – Enter a new name for the clone VM and check the box “Reinitialize the MAC address for all network cards“.