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Discussion in 'sandboxing & virtualization' started by MrBrian, Jan 27, 2015.

  1. DedicateNier

    DedicateNier Registered Member

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    System requirements for Oracle VirtualBox

    In my experience the hard disk is the most important component, so an SSD drive is really beneficial. Of course, it all depends on how many virtual machines you are going to run simultaneously.
     
  2. Palancar

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    I built a clean Debian - Cinnamon and decided to give VBox 5.0.x a shot. Been using VB for years now. First time to give VBox 5.0 a look.

    I am wondering if anyone else here is running VBox 5.0.x on a Debian host? The install went smoothly. I downloaded the latest directly from oracle and confirmed the sha256 so it is good to go. Put the download on the desktop and it easily installed using the package manager. VB looks great and fires right up.

    Problem though: I can't build any VM's as VBox stops with error 1. I copied over some VM's I have been using and they won't start up either. I am just getting ready to read around but nothing jumped off the page with a quick look over at a few forums. Similar issues but not exact.

    Anyone here able to confirm the status good or bad with VBox 5 and Debian as a host?
     
  3. UnknownK

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    I am not very conversant with virtualbox and have replaced it with KVM and Xen for managing VMs, but from my experience I think you probably need to install appropriate linux-header pacakge for your system.

    $ sudo apt-get install linux-headers-$(uname -r)
     
  4. Palancar

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    Thanks, I'll be checking that out soon. I really love Debian but so many things require manual tweaking to get them going. I am almost there with the system that I want. Running sector based backups so I'll only need to do this whole thing once (hopefully).
     
  5. dogbite

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    I just installed VB in Xubuntu running (so far) just one single virtual machine.
    The Virtual Disk Drive stays in an encrypted partition. However I've seen that VB generates some files and logs which stays outside of the encrypted partition, actually they are located in /home.
    Is there any way to force those to stay in the encrypted partition? I could not find any setting in VB menus to do that.

    Thanks.
     
  6. WildByDesign

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    VirtualBox 5.1 Beta 1 released!

    Announcement: https://blogs.oracle.com/virtualization/entry/oracle_vm_virtualbox_5_1

    Release Notes: https://forums.virtualbox.org/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=77998

    Downloads: http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/5.1.0_BETA1/
     
  8. WildByDesign

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    VirtualBox 5.1 released!

    Announcement: https://blogs.oracle.com/virtualization/entry/oracle_vm_virtualbox_5_14
    Changelog: https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Changelog
    Downloads: https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

     
  9. mood

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    VirtualBox 5.1.24 Released (July 18, 2017)
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    VirtualBox 5.1.24 (released 2017-07-18)

    This is a maintenance release. The following items were fixed and/or added:

    • VMM: mask the VME CPUID capability on AMD Ryzen processors for now to make certain guests works, for example Windows XP
    • VMM: emulate more SSE2 instructions
    • VMM: properly clear the TF and AC flags when dispatching real-mode interrupts
    • GUI: fixes to make the mini-toolbar work with recent versions of KDE / Plasma (bug #16325)
    • GUI: fixed a potential crash when a VM with multiple screens is running in full screen / seamless mode and a host screen is removed, for example when connecting to the host via RDP
    • GUI: fixed initial size hints for guests which set intermediate sizes before responding (bug #16593)
    • GUI: prevent stopped screen updates or black screen on reboot in a multi-screen setup under certain conditions
    • Audio: many improvements for Windows 10 guests (bugs #15189, #15925, #16170, #16682, #16794 and others)
    • Storage: fixed possible crash when using Intels SPDK
    • API: use the correct file name of the VM machine state if the VM settings directory is renamed, for example during grouping / ungrouping a VM (bugs #16075 and #16745)
    • API: return the correct error code if powering up a VM fails
    • API: video recording did not automatically start at VM start when enabled in the VM settings (bug #16803)
    • API: when relocating a medium, check that the target path is fully qualified
    • EFI: fix for VMs with more than 3504MB RAM (bug #11103)
    • Host-only adapter: correctly determine IPv4 netmasks on Windows hosts (bug #16826)
    • NAT network: properly do the refcounting for starting / stopping the NAT / DHCP services if the NAT network is changed while the adapter network connection type is anything else but NAT network
    • VBoxManage: fixed controlvm videocapfile (bug #16779)
    • Windows hosts: fixed crashes if driver verifier is enabled (bug #15741)
    • Linux / Mac OS X hosts: more fixes for loading shared libraries (5.1.20 regression; bugs #16778, #16693)
    • Linux hosts / guests: Linux 4.12 fixes (bugs #16725, #16800)
    • Linux hosts / guests: reduce the kernel stack consumption for Linux kernels with CONFIG_CPUMASK_OFFSTACK defined
    • Linux hosts / guests: fixes for kernel modules built with gcc-7 (bug #16772)
    • Linux hosts / guests: Linux 4.13 fix (bug #16887)
    • Linux hosts: don't depend on net-tools on newer distributions as this package is deprecated in favour of iproute (bug #16764)
    • Linux hosts: make 2D video acceleration available for older Linux distributions (5.1 regression; bug #16858)
    • Linux Additions: fix for dynamic resizing with Oracle Linux 6 with UEK4
    • Linux Additions: make Fedora 25 and 26 Alpha work when 3D pass-through is enabled
    • Linux Additions: no longer recommend removing distribution- installed Additions if they are updated to our guidelines
     
  10. mood

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    VirtualBox 5.1.28 Released (September 13, 2017)
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    VirtualBox 5.1.28 (released 2017-09-13)

    This is a maintenance release. The following items were fixed and/or added:
    • GUI: mouse events did not reach host windows behind the transparent VM window (Mac OS X hosts only; bug #16246)
    • Audio: fixed accidental crashes when using the AC'97 sound emulation (bug #16959)
    • Audio: fixed crash when default input or output devices have changed (bugs #16968, #16969, #17004)
    • Audio: fixed recording when using the ALSA backend
    • Audio: fixed handle leak when using the OSS backend
    • E1000: fixed a crash related to VLAN traffic over internal network (5.1.26 regression; bug #16960)
    • NAT: apply <emphasis>--natbindip1</emphasis> to TCP connections (bug #16478)
    • OVF: when importing an appliance with XHCI controller, don't add an OHCI controller.
    • Mac OS X hosts: fixed a GUI crash if Spotlight is used from file dialogs (5.1.20 regression; bugs #16935, #16953)
    • Linux hosts: fixed creating fixed sized VDI images (bug #17010)
    • Linux hosts / guests: fixes for Linux 4.4 of openSUSE Leap 42.3 (bug #16966)
    • Bridged networking: align outgoing packet at word boundary, preventing Windows host crash in MsLbfoProvider.
    • Linux Additions: kernel drm driver support for custom EL7 Linux 3.10 kernel
    • Solaris Additions: hide an informational message on the bootup console
     
  11. mood

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    VirtualBox 5.1.30 Released (October 16, 2017)
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  12. mood

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  13. Minimalist

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    Thnx for heads up. I will wait for a while with this one :)
     
  14. mood

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    :) Yeah, sometimes it is better to wait a little bit after a new version has been released.
    There seems to be issues with bridged networking:
     
  15. Djigi

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    For security (testing malware) is it better to put in NAT or in Bridge Mode?
     
  16. Umbra

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    NAT
     
  17. mood

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    VirtualBox 5.2.2 Released (November 22, 2017)
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  18. Minimalist

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    Thnx. I've been waiting for Linux guest additions problem being solved. I hope that update will fix it.
     
  19. chrisretusn

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    I've been running VirtualBox 5.2.1 r119176 a test build that fixed problems with 4.14 kernels on 4.14.2 right now, 5.2.2 is a winner.

    What Linux guest additions, I am not experiencing any problems on any guest
     
  20. Minimalist

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    When I install new version of Guest Additions and reset system it doesn't boot. I have Linux Mint installed as guest system and latest update didn't solve a problem. I will just wait for next release and see if it will be solved.

    EDIT: it seems that there is a problem logging in if 3D acceleration is enabled after Guest Addition update.
     
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  21. chrisretusn

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    Thanks. I'm running Windows 7 and Slackware as guest on a Slackware host. No real issues.
     
  22. dogbite

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    Best way to backup a VM? I want to have a kind of portable VM that I can use on different Hosts, placing it on an external HDD that I can plug around.