Using Virtual Box on MacOS to host a Solaris Sun Ray server
By user12611852 on Sep 08, 2008
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:
- a type 2 hypervisor
- one of Sun's many Open Source projects
- supported on a variety of host OSes (Windows, Linux, Macintosh and OpenSolaris)
- capable of running a variety of guest OSes
- now owned and being developed by Sun Microsystems as part of the open source xVM family of virtualization products