Virtualbox 3.2 Comes with Exciting New Features

VirtualBox 3.2 has released a beta version recently. Many new features are presented:

  • Mac OS X guest support. (It means you can install unmodified Mac OS X in VirtualBox now.)
  • Hardware clock in UTC time
  • Absolute pointing device (now it’s not necessary to capture the mouse even if Guest Addition is not installed)

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  • Memory ballooning. (dynamically increase or decrease memory)
  • CPU hot-plugging. (dynamically increase or decrease CPU)
  • Multi-Monitor

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  • Performance improvements. (VPID and unrestricted guest execution are supported now. Use VBoxManage modifyvm --vtxvpid and –largepages to turn these features on.)
  • Execute guest application from host

C:\Program Files\Oracle VM VirtualBox>VBoxManage.exe guestcontrol execute ubuntu
/bin/ls --wait-for stdout
Oracle VM VirtualBox Command Line Management Interface Version 3.2.0_BETA2
(C) 2005-2010 Oracle Corporation
All rights reserved.

bin
boot
cdrom
dev
etc
home
initrd.img
initrd.img.old
...

More features and bug fixes can be found here. But one problem of VirtualBox still remains that many functions are only available through CLI instead of GUI.

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