Oracle VirtualBox 4.0 Expands VM Support

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Oracle VirtualBox 4.0 Expands VM Support

by Cameron Sturdevant

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Preview

The redesigned and newly renamed VirtualBox Manager now shows a guest windows preview as seen in this side-by-side screenshot.

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File Layout

Without changing compatibility for users of the previous version of VirtualBox, Version 4 puts all files associated with a VM into one directory.

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Base Memory

32-bit hosts can now support more than the 2GB limit.

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Export Wizard

VirtualBox 4 now supports OVA (Open Virtualization Appliance), which is basically an OVF in a single, compressed file.

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Appliance Import

Using an OVA file, VirtualBox 4 was able to import virtual machines that were already configured with suggested settings.

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OVA

I used VirtualBox 4 to create virtual appliances that were exported in the OVA format.

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Appliance Export

I used VirtualBox 4 to change virtual machine configuration values and that were used during the appliance export process.

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Import Settings

I was able to configure virtual machine settings including hardware and disk image location.

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