Using Virtual Box on MacOS to host a Solaris Sun Ray server

With the release of Virtual Box 2.0, I'm happy to report that VB for Mac now supports "host networking." What does this mean to you?  In the 1.x version of VB for Mac, only NAT support was included which made it extremely difficult for your Solaris OS within VB to actually act as a server on the network.  With the new host networking, the Solaris VM can now assign itself an IP address on your network.

With this in mind, I set about to reproduce the steps I detailed earlier this year for creating a Sun Ray thin client server on my Mac.  After configuring a new Solaris 10 VM with 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of disk and host network, I installed the Sun Ray server software (using my handy instructions previously posted),  and it worked with no problem.

In case you haven't heard of it, Virtual Box is:


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Jim Laurent is an Oracle Sales consultant based in Reston, Virginia. He supports US DoD customers as part of the North American Public Sector hardware organization. With over 17 years experience at Sun and Oracle, he specializes in Solaris and server technologies. Prior to Oracle, Jim worked 11 years for Gould Computer Systems (later known as Encore).

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