Imagine being in possession of more than one PC with different OSs and trying to run a particular software in all the Operating Systems. This would have been impossible some years back. However, since 2007, the first program with such capabilities was initially released by Innotek GmbH, where one could have the ability to run the same application on more than one OS at a time. As such, one can run software written for one Operating System on another, such as a Windows software on Linux or on a Mac OS, without necessarily rebooting your system for it.
The necessity of this application is imperative, that is the main reason it was acquired by two companies since its inception. In actuality, the name of this application is always attached to its owner but presently, it’s owned by Oracle Corporation. Therefore, it is called Oracle VM VirtualBox.
Why use VirtualBox?
VirtualBox has a tremendously modular design with an absolute defined internal programming interface as well as a client/server design. These unique functionalities create an uncomplicated method to control it from several interfaces at the same time.
For instance, one can launch a VM in a particular virtual machine GUI, thereby, controlling the machine either from the command line or remotely. VirtualBox is equipped with a comprehensive Software Development Kit, notwithstanding, it’s an open source software, one doesn’t have to hack the source to acquire the latest interface for VirtualBox. Some organizations that acquired VirtualBox since its initial release, have been working hard at upgrading it to the modern standard by fixing or adding some missing items.
To get this application installed on your PC, you basically needs to determine the host operating system of your PC.
The installation process is pretty straightforward and you need to ensure you follow the following instructions: head over the official VirtualBox download page, check for its latest version, download the latest version number, and then in the following page, scroll down and search for the .exe file. Download this file to a specified location on your Windows PC.
After VirtualBox installation is complete, restart your computer. After reboot, VirtualBox should be situated on the desktop of your PC. Thereafter, you can run VirtualBox and create Windows virtual machine with almost any OS of your choice.
Key Features of VirtualBox Include:
- Automatic VM start on host boot: This VirtualBox feature is useful if you know you're always going to be running a particular VM. You can organize in such a way that it works with auto-start;
- Up to 36 network cards per VM: The ability to use up to 36 network cards is equipped in the current version of virtualBox, compare to the earlier version which allowed the use of only 8 network cards. Furthermore, the possibility for more network cards make it possible to run VMs perfect for simulated network switches;
- Network bandwidth resource controls: This is another useful feature that assist you in controlling the saturation of your network by regulating a bandwidth utilization to a certain VM;
- VLAN tagging: Another network advancement is that of the network cards in VirtualBox which aid Virtual LAN(VLAN) tagging. This createS an easy way for routing and segmentation of VM traffic. Hence, VirtualBox VMs can now be placed into VLAN environments. With the installation of a network adaptor driver, you can gain full support of this feature by enabling the VLAN tagging in the network adaptor within the guest;
- Improved Windows 8 guest support: One of the biggest enhancement is graphics support for Window 8 OS, as you know that Windows 8 OS uses more graphics hardware effects for lots of its essential functions;
- VM grouping: Unlike previous versions which displayed all your VMs in a single list, without much arrangement, however, this new version allows grouping of VMs as well as nesting groups to the extent of sub-classification. Collapsing, expanding, and zooming of group are also possible;
- Altering settings during runtime: This allows you to change VM VirtualBox settings while it is running, such as memory and processor settings, however, that of network is limited to a certain degree;
- Added disk image support: This feature supports the reading of multiple types of Virtual Disk Images. The new version of VirtualBox is equipped with a tool that can read more format like, VHDX, Hyper-V disk, and many others;
- Shared folders: Simple data exchange between hosts and guests. VirtualBox allows for declaring a particular host directories as "shared folders", which can then be explored from Virtual Machines.
To sum up, VirtualBox is an open-source software that can be downloaded free of charge. This software is incorporated with all the performance features and functionality you need on your PC. VirtualBox can be used as a command-line. There is no doubt regarding its quality and ability in assisting you to accomplish lots of tasks with your PC.
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Last Updated: 2019-10-16
Version: 6.0.14 Build 133895
File size: 162.56 MB
Operating system: Windows 10, Windows 8/8.1, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP
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