OpenSolaris in VirtualBox
By lr on May 30, 2008
Virtual Machine Settings
|Base Memory||796 MB|
|Hard Disk||Normal, 16GB|
|Network||Intel PRO/1000 MT Desktop, NAT|
VirtualBox installation was very easy on both platforms as well as installation of the OpenSolaris in the virtual machine. However, I met a few problems:
ICMP protocol is not supported by VirtualBox's NAT engine, so the
initial network test using
pingfailed. This is actually well documented in VirtualBox's User Manual and other TCP/IP based protocols work fine.
My workstation is on NIS, while VirtualBox's NAT relies on DNS. So, I had
NAT is the only networking option for Mac OS X, while Host Interface (virtual NIC) option is available for other platforms including Solaris. I tried the procedure described in VirtualBox's User Manual (only the manual steps led to successful creation of the virtual network interface) but so far I was not successful in setting this up. VirtualBox did not start the virtual machine -- I got the following error: "Failed to open VNIC "vnic0" in raw mode.". So, I must be doing something wrong and I still need to investigate this problem.
VirtualBox offers also great and easy to use command line interface --
which is very convenient for controlling the machine.
ReferencesVirtual Box Error – A Domain Name Server (DNS) for NAT networking could not be determined
Using Crossbow to get a host interface network for VirtualBox