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User Manual

User Manual

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Oracle VM VirtualBox
User Manual
 Version 3.2.6c
2004-2010 Oracle Corporationhttp://www.virtualbox.org
 
Contents
1.1 Why is virtualization useful?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101.2 Some terminology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111.3 Features overview. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121.4 Supported host operating systems. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141.5 Installing and starting VirtualBox. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151.6 Creating your first virtual machine. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 171.7 Running your virtual machine. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 211.7.1 Keyboard and mouse support in virtual machines. . . . . . . . . 211.7.2 Changing removable media. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 241.7.3 Saving the state of the machine. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 241.8 Snapshots. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 251.9 Virtual machine configuration. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 281.10 Deleting virtual machines. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 291.11 Importing and exporting virtual machines. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 291.12 Alternative front-ends. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
2.1 Installing on Windows hosts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 332.1.1 Prerequisites. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 332.1.2 Performing the installation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 332.1.3 Uninstallation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 352.1.4 Unattended installation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 352.2 Installing on Mac OS X hosts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 352.2.1 Performing the installation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 352.2.2 Uninstallation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 352.2.3 Unattended installation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 352.3 Installing on Linux hosts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 362.3.1 Prerequisites. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 362.3.2 The VirtualBox kernel module. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 362.3.3 USB and advanced networking support. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 372.3.4 Performing the installation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 372.3.5 Starting VirtualBox on Linux. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 432.4 Installing on Solaris hosts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 432.4.1 Performing the installation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 432.4.2 Starting VirtualBox on Solaris. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 442.4.3 Uninstallation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 442
 
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2.4.4 Unattended installation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 442.4.5 Configuring a zone for running VirtualBox. . . . . . . . . . . . 45
3.1 Supported guest operating systems. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 463.1.1 Mac OS X Server guests. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 473.1.2 64-bit guests. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 483.2 Emulated hardware. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 493.3 General settings. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 493.3.1 “Basictab. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 493.3.2 “Advancedtab. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 503.3.3 “Descriptiontab. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 503.4 System settings. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 513.4.1 “Motherboardtab. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 513.4.2 “Processortab. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 533.4.3 “Acceleration” tab. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 533.5 Display settings. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 543.6 Storage settings. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 543.7 Audio settings. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 573.8 Network settings. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 573.9 Serial ports. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 583.10 USB support. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 593.10.1 USB settings. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 593.10.2 Implementation notes for Windows and Linux hosts. . . . . . . 613.11 Shared folders. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 613.12 Alternative firmware (EFI). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 613.12.1 Video modes in EFI. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
4.1 Introduction. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 634.2 Installing and Maintaining Guest Additions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 654.2.1 Guest Additions for Windows. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 654.2.2 Guest Additions for Linux. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 684.2.3 Guest Additions for Solaris. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 744.2.4 Guest Additions for OS/2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 754.3 Shared folders. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 754.4 Seamless windows. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 774.5 Hardware-accelerated graphics. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 784.5.1 Hardware 3D acceleration (OpenGL and Direct3D 8/9). . . . . 784.5.2 Hardware 2D video acceleration for Windows guests. . . . . . . 804.6 Guest properties. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 804.7 Guest control. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 824.8 Memory ballooning. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 834.9 Page Fusion. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 843

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