Create VirtualBox VM definition based on VMware VM definition

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Wait: How can VirtualBox 1.6.2 run 64 bit OS ?

This entry is part of Mastering Sun xVM VirtualBox Workshop


Q: Yes, you are right, VirtualBox 1.6.2 can run only 32bit guests, how is possible to run 64 bit OS based VM there ?

A: Its simple, because we will run Solaris and in Solaris OS installations are both 32bit and 64bit kernels & libs. When Solaris OS boot it will automatically select needed version of kernel.

However you need to be sure then applications delivered in VM image or Virtual Appliances are also deliver 32bit code and are not tight to just 64bit execution.

Note: 64bit guest support implemented in Sun VirtualBox 2.x releases, but you need to have Hardware assisted virtualization !

Create VirtualBox VM definition

  1. Create New Virtual Machine as type of Solaris or OpenSolaris
  2. This will set most values as defaults, like "Intel PRO/1000 MT Desktop" 82549EM e1000 netwrok card emulation.
  3. Correct amount of RAM Memory , for example 1024MB
  4. Correct amount of Video Memory 8MB: for command line OS, for GUI OS 32,64 or 128MB (depend on GUI resolution you want)
  5. Attach disk from Virtual Disk Manager (For Solaris use IDE master Primary, for OpenSolaris you can also use S-ATA 0)
  6. By default networking type is set to NAT, I will use that default !

Special note about HOST Networking on Windows

On some environments using Windows BRIDING can disable your network port !

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