Thursday, October 4, 2007

How to configure VirtualBox

VirtualBox - General-purpose full virtualizer for x86 hardware

VirtualBox is an opensource (i.e. FREE) virtualizer from Sun Microsystems. You still need to have hardware that supports Virtualization to run VirtualBox with a 64 bit guest.

A 32 bit guest o/s (such as Windows XP - Not the rare 64 bit version) can be run from pretty much any computer using VirtualBox.

VirtualBox was brought to my attention by a visitor to my blog who was attempting to configure a virtual server using a Ubuntu 64 guest (I am assuming that this is a server as that is what I have managed to do)

The visitor was concerned that the hardware that he had recently purchased did not support hardware virtualization - he was finding conflicting answers on the AMD website and from Toshiba about whether the Turion X2 RM-74 supported AMD-V.

Screenshots from the VirtualBox and Karmic Server setup are to be found on my blog. VMs using VirtualBox and Microsoft's Virtual-PC were configured on my Windows 7 Box