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VirtualBox 3.1 Beginner's Guide

The furore around virtualization is taking the technology world by storm and is a must for efficient utilization of network server capacity, storage administration, energy, and capital. VirtualBox is free which brings down your upfront costs for an agile data center. VirtualBox will transform your IT infrastructure into a lean data center on a Windows XP/Vista/7, Windows 2003/2008 Server, Linux, Macintosh, or OpenSolaris platform. Although VirtualBox has grown by leaps and bounds, there is not enough documentation to guide you through its features and implementation.

What This eBook Covers:

Chapter 1, Getting to Work with VirtualBox, gives you a practical introduction to VirtualBox, and how you can use this excellent software to run several virtual machines inside a Windows/Linux host.

Chapter 2, Creating Your First Virtual Machine: Ubuntu Linux, teaches you about the basic settings needed to create and run a virtual machine using the Ubuntu operating system. You’ll also learn to test some basic functions like web browsing and using the OpenOffice suite of applications.

Chapter 3, Creating Your Second Virtual Machine: Windows 7, teaches you how to install Windows 7 on a virtual machine, along with the basic settings needed. You’ll also learn to test some basic functions like web browsing and using the Microsoft Office 2007 trial edition.

Chapter 4, Installing Guest Additions and Advanced Settings, teaches you how to install the Guest Additions to take real advantage of your virtual machines. You’ll also learn how to share folders between your host PC and your guest virtual machines, how to use seamless windows to integrate your host and guest desktops, and how to activate hardware 3D acceleration on your virtual machines.

Chapter 5, Storing Data in VirtualBox, teaches you everything about using virtual hard disks, and how you can use different disk formats such as VDI, VMDK, and VHD seamlessly in your virtual machines. You’ll also learn the differences between ‘cloning’ and ‘copying’ virtual hard disks, between fixed and dynamically expanding hard drive images, and how to choose between the different hard disk controllers used by VirtualBox.

Chapter 6, Networking with Virtual Machines, teaches you all about the five networking modes available in VirtualBox and how to choose the most appropriate mode for your virtual machines, depending on your needs. You’ll learn how to connect a virtual machine to the Internet and a local LAN via the default NAT mode, and how to choose the best networking mode when using a virtual machine as a web server, among other things.

Chapter 7, Using Virtual Appliances, teaches you about using virtual appliances and how they can help make your life easier when using virtual machines and VirtualBox. You’ll also learn how to import and export virtual machines using the OVF standard.

Chapter 8, Managing Your Virtual Machines From a Remote Computer, teaches you about the alternative front ends available in VirtualBox, and how you can use them to run your virtual machines based on your specific needs. You will also learn how to set up your very own Ubuntu headless server and use it to run a remote virtual machine from a Windows XP desktop PC.

File Type: PDF
File Size: 6.60 MB
Total Pages: 348

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