Friday Jul 10, 2015

Friday Spotlight: More on Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0

Happy Friday!

It’s been an exciting week here with the release of Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0! I’ve used it daily for years and it’s indispensable. Here are the some of things I use it for:

  • Running different operating systems: my most common configuration is running Oracle Linux in a VM on a Mac.
  • Testing out multi-tier architectures on a single machine: I do this sometimes with Oracle Secure Global Desktop, using a combination of Linux, Solaris, and Windows Server guests.
  • And I think my favorite is having my work environment (again, an Oracle Linux VM) encapsulated so whenever I change machines, I only have to install VirtualBox and am back up and running immediately.

It’s just a great tool.

There was a nice article published yesterday by ITworld, where they discussed some of the new features of Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 and got some additional comments from Oracle senior vice president Linux and virtualization, Wim Coekaerts. Have a a read.

If you’d like information on commercial support for Oracle VM VirtualBox, you can have a look here.

And if you haven’t downloaded 5.0 yet, go get it.

Have a great week!
-Chris

Tuesday Oct 15, 2013

Just released: Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3

This morning, Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3 hit the wire. You can download it for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Solaris here.

This is a great release, adding a unique virtual multi-touch feature (great for testing Windows 8.1 applications on your standard desktop PC), support for new platforms and some really fantastic networking enhancements.

Head on over to the FatBloke blog for a rundown of what's new, or read the news release.

 -Chris 

Friday Jul 19, 2013

Friday Tips #37

Happy Friday! This week we're talking about tips and tricks for fullscreen mode in Oracle VM VirtualBox.

I use typically Oracle VM VirtualBox on the Mac and I find it very convenient to set my virtual machines to run in full screen mode in a separate Space. I'm using Mountain Lion, but this should be similar for Mavericks (I think, I haven't used it yet!).

To go full screen, first, launch your virtual machine. You can then use the host key (command on the Mac) and F to go full screen. You can also switch to full screen in the menu bar with View->Switch to Fullscreen. There's also a useful option there that will set the resolution of the guest OS to match your monitor, and that is View->Auto-resize Guest Display.

In the Mac on Mountain Lion (and perhaps on Lion, I don't have it around to confirm), this full screen VM will have its own Space. That means you can do the three finger quick swipe left or right to switch between your local Mac OS spaces and your full screen virtual machine. It's extremely cool. Another thing I do to make moving between the virtual machine and the Mac OS desktop even easier is to go into Mission Control (three finger swipe up on a trackpad, or open the app itself) and drag the Space with the VM in it all the way to one side or the other of your Spaces - I prefer the right side. Then in the Mission Control System Preference, turn off "Automatically rearrange spaces based on most recent use." What this does is ensure that you can quickly three finger swipe all the way left or all the way right to get either a Mac OS desktop or your fullscreen VM.

One other quick tip. If you don't find yourself needing the items in the mini-toolbar, you can hide it by clicking on the VM in Oracle VM VirtualBox manager, and then clicking on "Settings" in the toolbar. In the General tab of that dialog box, click Advanced and then uncheck Mini ToolBar: Show In Fullscreen/Seamless. The only thing I use the Mini Toolbar for on a regular basis is suspending the VM, which you can do just as easily by press the host key (again, command on the Mac) and Q. You'll get the same dialog that you get when pressing X on the mini toolbar.


I hope that makes working in fullscreen mode with Oracle VM VirtualBox a little easier for you!

-Chris

Tuesday Jul 31, 2012

Mountain Lion and Oracle VM VirtualBox

The Fat Bloke has a great blog entry up explaining how to install Oracle VM VirtualBox on Apple Mac OS X Mountain Lion. Head on over there and have a read!

VirtualBox and Mountain Lion (Mac OS X 10.8)

-Chris 

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