By Simon Coter-Oracle on Jul 15, 2016
On July, 12th Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1 has been announced.
This new release introduced new capabilities to the product and, between them, I'm going to speak on a couple:
- Bug Reporting Helper tool
- NVMHCI storage controller emulation
"Bug Reporting Helper" is a command line utility able to collect all the logs and informations related to:
- Host operating system where VirtualBox has been installed
- Guest Virtual Machine logs (specific to one VM or for all VMs)
Syntax of this utility is very simple and we can obtain all the options available by executing the command with the "-h" option:
This type of utility can be very helpful while asking assistance on possible issues on VirtualBox; the same utility can be used to collect logs for "Service Requests" opened by VirtualBox Enterprise Customers on My Oracle Support or, at the same time, used to upload logs to community point-of-contact like VirtualBox Forum or VirtualBox Bug Ticketing System.
"NVMHCI Storage controller emulation" introduced the option to have emulated Flash-Storage on a VirtualBox VM:
This new option allows to emulate different solutions based on systems with NVMe (Non-Volatile Memory express).
Between them, for example, we can also find Oracle solutions like Oracle Exalytics.
Comments and feedback, as usual, are appreciated.