The open source Oracle VirtualBox virtualization platform

This Oracle VirtualBox section provides a tutorial on the virtualization platform, advice for physical-to-virtual conversions and a walkthrough on setting up USB devices

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With the purchase of Sun Microsystems in 2010, Oracle acquired the VirtualBox platform. While Oracle VirtualBox is often used in desktop virtualization implementations, it also applies to virtual server environments. This section on Oracle VirtualBox provides an in-depth tutorial on the virtualization platform, advice for physical-to-virtual conversions (P2V) and a walkthrough on setting up USB devices.

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Citrix Systems XenServer 5.5

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Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise virtualization 

The Oracle VM virtualization platform

The open source Oracle VirtualBox virtualization platform 

Open source virtualization vendor comparisons

Additional resources for open source virtualization platforms 

VirtualBox tutorial: Guest Additions, shared folders and more
Some of VirtualBox's desktop virtualization benefits extend to virtual server environments. Virtualization administrators, for instance, can view VMs remotely and import VMDK files for VM migrations with VirtualBox. In this VirtualBox tutorial, learn about these tips and more.

A VirtualBox P2V server conversion walkthrough
Before you can reap the benefits of VirtualBox, you need to prepare a VMware VM for a physical-to-virtual conversion. But unlike other open source hypervisors, VirtualBox doesn't natively support a conversion tool. In this step-by-step walkthrough, learn how to solve this VirtualBox shortcoming and achieve an easy P2V conversion.

Addressing VirtualBox P2V conversion issues
After a VMware VM is prepped for a VirtualBox physical-to-virtual conversion, the process isn't complete without some additional steps, such as driver installation, management and other postconversion steps. If these tasks seem daunting, this tip breaks down how to resolve VirtualBox P2V postconversion issues with relative ease.

Using USB device filters with VirtualBox
Any robust virtualization platform supports a wide variety of device connectivity between the host and VM. USB functionality, for example, allows selective mappings of USB devices from the host to the guest. This is beneficial if you want a USB device (such as a license key) to be available only to the guest VM and not the host, or vice versa. This blog entry provides an overview of USB device redirection in xVM VirtualBox and its capabilities.

This was first published in February 2010

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