Apr 9, 2009

VirtualBox 2.2: Network configuration (Bridged, NAT, ...)

This week SUN released VirtualBox 2.2.

Many features were added (copied from www.virtualbox.org):
  • OVF (Open Virtualization Format) appliance import and export (see chapter 3.8, Importing and exporting virtual machines, User Manual page 55)
  • Host-only networking mode (see chapter 6.7, Host-only networking, User Manual page 88)
  • Hypervisor optimizations with significant performance gains for high context switching rates
  • Raised the memory limit for VMs on 64-bit hosts to 16GB
  • VT-x/AMD-V are enabled by default for newly created virtual machines
  • USB (OHCI & EHCI) is enabled by default for newly created virtual machines (Qt GUI only)
  • Experimental USB support for OpenSolaris hosts
  • Shared folders for Solaris and OpenSolaris guests
  • OpenGL 3D acceleration for Linux and Solaris guests (see chapter 4.8, Hardware 3D acceleration (OpenGL), User Manual page 70)
  • Added C API in addition to C++, Java, Python and Web Services
Very useful are the changes for network configuration. Before version 2.2 configuring the network was a complex task (e.g. ubuntu documentation).
Now you can enable the networking via GUI:

You can choose
  • Not attached (ok - this worked before)
  • NAT
  • Bridged Network
  • Internal Network
  • Host-only Network
After that the screwdriver leads to the following window:

After this window you have to start your guest system and the network should be up and running...

For installing VirtualBox read this posting. If you want to migrate a VMWare image to VirtualBox click here.

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