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Sun xVM VirtualBox frequently asked questions

Date published: September 22, 2008
Date modified: December 1, 2009

Which Portlock products support Sun xVM VirtualBox?

What is Sun xVM VirtualBox?

Sun xVM VirtualBox is a general-purpose full virtualizer for x86 hardware. Targeted at server, desktop and embedded use, it is now the only professional-quality virtualization solution that is also Open Source Software.

Some of the features of xVM VirtualBox are:

  • Modularity. xVM VirtualBox has an extremely modular design with well-defined internal programming interfaces and a client/server design. This makes it easy to control it from several interfaces at once: for example, you can start a virtual machine in a typical virtual machine GUI and then control that machine from the command line, or possibly remotely. xVM VirtualBox also comes with a full Software Development Kit: even though it is Open Source Software, you don't have to hack the source to write a new interface for xVM VirtualBox.
  • Virtual machine descriptions in XML. The configuration settings of virtual machines are stored entirely in XML and are independent of the local machines. Virtual machine definitions can therefore easily be ported to other computers.
  • Guest Additions for Windows and Linux. xVM VirtualBox has special software that can be installed inside Windows and Linux virtual machines to improve performance and make integration much more seamless. Among the features provided by these Guest Additions are mouse pointer integration and arbitrary screen solutions (e.g. by resizing the guest window).
  • Shared folders. Like many other virtualization solutions, for easy data exchange between hosts and guests, xVM VirtualBox allows for declaring certain host directories as "shared folders", which can then be accessed from within virtual machines.

A number of extra features are available with the full xVM VirtualBox release only (see the "Editions" page for details):

  • Virtual USB Controllers. xVM VirtualBox implements a virtual USB controller and allows you to connect arbitrary USB devices to your virtual machines without having to install device specific drivers on the host.
  • Remote Desktop Protocol. Unlike any other virtualization software, xVM VirtualBox fully supports the standard Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP). A virtual machine can act as an RDP server, allowing you to "run" the virtual machine remotely on some thin client that merely displays the RDP data.
  • USB over RDP. With this unique feature, a virtual machine that acts as an RDP server can still access arbitrary USB devices that are connected on the RDP client. This way, a powerful server machine can virtualize a lot of thin clients that merely need to display RDP data and have USB devices plugged in.

Which version of Sun xVM VirtualBox is supported?

  • xVM VirtualBox 2.0.2 for Windows hosts x86 (32-bit) and x64 (64-bit) and newer.

Which version of Portlock SMART Suite supports Sun xVM VirtualBox?

  • All versions of Portlock SMART Suite support sun xVM VirtualBox

Which version of the Portlock Boot CD supports Sun xVM VirtualBox?

  • Version 5.07 and newer.

Which 32-bit guests are supported?

  • Windows XP SP2 and SP3
  • Windows Server 2003 R2
  • Windows Vista SP1
  • Windows Server 2008

Which 64-bit guests are supported?

  • Windows XP SP2
  • Windows Server 2003 R2
  • Windows Vista SP1
  • Windows Server 2008

What are the recommended guest VM settings?

  • General -> Basic: Base Memory Size: 1024 MB or larger.
  • General ->Basic: Video Memory Size: 16 MB or larger.
  • General -> Advanced: Enable ACPI.
  • General -> Advanced: Enable IO APIC.
  • General -> Advanced: Enable VT-x/AMD-v (important for performance).
  • General -> Advanced: Enable PAE/NX.
  • General -> Advanced: IDE Controller Type: PIIX4.
  • Hard Disks: Enable SATA Controller.
  • Audio: Uncheck Enable Audio.
  • Network -> Adapter Type: Intel PRO / 1000 MT (82540EM).
  • Network -> Attached To: Host Interface.
  • Network -> Host Interface: xVM VirtualBox Host Interface 1.
  • USB: Enable USB Controller (if host USB device access is desired).
  • USB: Enable USB 2.0 (EHCI) Controller (if host USB device access is desired).

Which xVM VirtualBox storage controllers are supported by the Portlock Boot CD?

  • Microsoft Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller.
  • Microsoft Standard OpenHCD USB Host Controller.
  • Intel 82801 IHEM/HBM SATA AHCI Controller.
  • Intel 82801 FB/FBM USB2 Enhanced Host Controller.

Which xVM VirtualBox networking controllers are supported by the x86 versions of Portlock SMART Suite and the Portlock Boot CD?

  • Intel PRO / 1000 MT Desktop Adapter.
  • AMD PCnet-PCI II Ethernet Adapter.
  • AMD PCnet-FAST Ethernet Adapter.

Which xVM VirtualBox networking controller is not supported by the x86 version of Portlock SMART Suite and the Portlock Boot CD?

  • Intel PRO / 1000 T Server Adapter. Vendor ID 8086 Device 1004. This is an older Ethernet card that does not have a driver for Windows Vista. The Portlock Boot CD is based upon Windows Vista SP1.

Which networking controllers are supported by the x64 version of Portlock SMART Suite and the Portlock Boot CD?

  • Intel PRO / 1000 MT Desktop Adapter.

Which networking controllers are not supported by the x64 version of Portlock SMART Suite and the Portlock Boot CD?

  • AMD PCnet-PCI II Ethernet Adapter.
  • AMD PCnet-FAST Ethernet Adapter.
  • PRO / 1000 T Server Adapter.

How long does it normally take to boot Portlock SMART Suite or the Portlock Boot CD?

The Portlock Boot CD is based upon Windows PE (WinPE) and is provided as 32-bit and 64-bit versions. There are three phases of loading and initializing WinPE:

  • Windows loading files takes about 30 seconds.
  • Microsoft Windows takes about 20 seconds.
  • Initializing WinPE takes about 50 seconds.

Portlock SMART Suite or the Portlock Boot CD takes a long time to boot, how can I correct this?

  • Enable VT-x / AMD-v in the host BIOS and in the virtual machine. Boot times will be ten times or longer without VT-x / AMD-v enabled.
  • If booting from a physical CD and the first phase takes a lot longer than 30 seconds, you will need to use a faster CD reader.
  • Boot from the ISO image in a virtual machine and use local attached storage.
  • Review the recommended settings above.
  • Double check that at least 1 GB of memory is allocated to the virtual machine.

I cannot boot the x64 version of Portlock SMART Suite or the Portlock Boot CD in a virtual machine.

  • The host operating system must be a 64-bit version.
  • VT-x / AMD-v must be enabled.
  • PAE / NX must be enabled.
  • At least 1 GB of memory must be assigned to the virtual machine.