is a high quality open source virtualizer for x86
hardware, providing a versatility and modularity that other open source
virtualizers simply cannot compete with. If you need to run multiple
operating systems on a single system, then Sun Virtual Box will allow
to do so with ease and at a very affordable price.
After its release in 2007, Sun Virtual Box quickly became the third
most popular virtualizer for running Windows programs using a Linux
operating system. It is no wonder that it attained such a following so
quickly, as it is a very versatile virtualizer. To make the process of
setting up your virtual machine a painless and quick process, Sun
Virtual Box has a built-in file sharing protocol that makes sharing
files between the host machine and the virtual machine as simple as
designating shared folders. This drastically cuts down on the time
spent rearranging your files so your virtual machine can access the
ones that you want it to. Rather than storing virtual machine
definitions relative to the local machine that it is run on, Sun
Virtual Box stores its definitions entirely in XML removing the local
machine’s hardware from the equation when determining the hardware that
the virtual machine uses. This makes it a very simple process to
transport a virtual machine from one computer to another. Sun Virtual
Box also supports guest additions, which will improve the performance
of a virtual machine by better synching its virtual hardware with that
of the local machine. In this way a smoother interface can be attained,
or the resolution of the GUI can be heightened.
The modularity of Sun Virtual Box is perhaps the cornerstone of its
widespread use and popularity. You can control your virtual machine
from any number of interfaces, whether you prefer to work at the
command line or through a GUI. The designers even made it positively
easy to swap out the standard interface for something you have cooked
up at home, or to simply splice in another.
The full release version contains a plethora of useful features
including USB support, USB over RDP, and remote desktop protocol
support systems. These features make it possible to operate your
virtual machines remotely, which will be particularly useful in an
enterprise or business environment. This also makes technical support
much simpler, as an IT agent can simply access your virtual machine
remotely to fix any errors.
Sun Virtual Box may sound like a dream come true, but it is not without
a few black marks on its record, small though they are. The learning
curve for using this software is a little steep, though that can also
be said for most other virtualizers on the market. It will take a fair
amount of dedicated effort and trial and error in order to virtualize
exactly what you want to. The good news though, is the Sun Virtual Box
community is very supportive and helpful. If you get stuck on a problem
asking a question in the forums is often all that it will take to point
you in the right direction. This is also a resource intense package, as
your local machine will need to dedicate a great deal of memory and
processor power to emulate entirely unrelated components. On older
machines this can result in performance issues, but the use of guest
additions largely mitigates this problem.
Sun Virtual Box enjoyed a meteoric rise to popularity for a reason.
This is a fully functional, versatile, and dependable virtualizer. If
you are willing to put in the time to learn how to operate it, Sun
Virtual Box will meet and exceed all your multi-platform needs.