VirtualBox for Mac 6.1.16

November 25, 2020 - Oracle Corporation (Free)
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Oracle VM VirtualBox for Mac is a virtualization tool that allows you to create virtual machines for Mac OS X, Linux, or Windows running on Mac OS X. It is not available from the App Store but can be downloaded from most download sites. It is open-source software and has no charges associated with it.

Oracle VM VirtualBox for virtualization

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VirtualBox creates a virtual machine on Mac OS X that you can then load Mac OS X, Windows (pretty much any variant), or Linux (and OpenBSD) into. As long as you can allocate a decent amount of RAM to the virtual machine, It will let you run multiple operating systems without issue. To test Oracle VM VirtualBox we loaded up virtual machines with Windows 7, Windows Server, Mac OS X, and two versions of Linux. On our 8GB RAM MacBook Pro, we could run two or three virtual machines at the same time (each allocated 1GB RAM) and switch between them cleanly. Access to system resources such as hard-drive partitions, USB devices, CD players, and so on is mostly clean, although some USB devices may cause issues.

System Requirements

Operating System macOS X  Version 10.14 or higher
Processor Intel or AMD processor
Memory 512 MB of RAM
Internet Connection An Internet connection and registration are necessary for required software activation, validation of subscriptions, and access to online services.

Technical Specification

Software Name VirtualBox For Mac V 6.1.16
Filename VirtualBox-6.1.16-140961-OSX.dmg
File size 118 MB
Language English, Italian, French, Spanish, Polish, Chinese, German, Japanese
Date Added October 11, 2020
License Open Source
Developer Oracle 

Working with virtual machines

In order to launch any virtualized OS, you simply need to press the Start button – once it is running, you can pause, reset or close your virtual machine, or even clone it or create a dedicated desktop shortcut to help you open it whenever you need it.

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Virtual machines Software has historically been used for server virtualization, which enables IT, teams, to consolidate their computing resources and improve efficiencyAdditionally, It can perform specific tasks considered too risky to carry out in a host environment, such as accessing virus-infected data or testing operating systems. Since the virtual machine is separated from the rest of the system, The Software inside the virtual machine cannot tamper with the host computer.  

What is virtualization?

Virtualization is a technology that provides a way to separate physical hardware and software by emulating hardware using the software. It enables a computing environment to run multiple different and independent systems at the same time.

Benefits of Virtualization

There are many reasons why you should use virtualization in your environment. Here are the most important ones:

  • Server consolidation – virtualization can help you reduce capital investigations. In traditional environments, it is common to dedicate each server to a single application. This leaves most computers vastly underused. Virtualization enables you to consolidate all the workloads on one server, which reduces the number of physical machines.
  • Virtual labs – you can run a virtual machine to try out the application that you think might be unsafe.
  • Security purposes – you can create a virtual machine running Windows just for online shopping, so you can be sure there are no spyware or trojans that will capture your passwords.
  • Faster server provisioning – with Oracle VirtualBox, you can quickly clone an image, master template, or existing virtual machine to get a server up and running within a few minutes.
  • Cost-saving – not only your company will save money on the physical server hardware, power, and cooling of the servers that were consolidated, you will also save on the time it used to take to administer physical servers.

Features of Oracle VM VirtualBox

  • Shared Folders: These are a nice easy way to get files in and out of your VM and they can be automatically mounted. They are though I little trickier with Linux compared to Windows.
  • Snapshots: This is a standard virtual machine platform, where you take a snapshot of a VM state, you can then make some changes, as many as you like over several days, and then revert back to the snapshot and everything you did since taking the snapshot is undone. It is more accurate to say that the VM state is reverted and it is as if you have never changed it, very handy.
  • Appliances: Sometimes you need to take a working VM from one host machine to another. The recommended way to do this is to create an appliance, copy the generated file to the new machine and import it as an appliance. It copies all the VM stuff into a single, portable file. Just copying the virtual disk file misses the virtual machine configuration.
  • Networking: This could be a whole article in itself! However, I would recommend configuring your VM with two network adapters, the first using NAT for access to the outside world and the second as Host-Only so you can access its services from your host.
  • Duplicating/Cloning: If you clone a VM you can have a second copy of the same guest VM running, which is an easy and quick way to build a cluster. However, care does have to be taken about the stage of the cluster build process that you do this!
  • USB: Sadly VirtualBox does not yet support USB 3, however, any USB 2 device can be used within the VM.
  • Multi-Monitor: This is brilliant if you only have 1 screen but need to test a multi-monitor system. Yes, you do run out of screen space but it does make software testing easy. If you have two physical screens you can get Oracle VM VirtualBox to display 3 or more virtual monitors for testing.
  • Extra: Being an open-source solution often means people starting building on top of things like VirtualBox and this indeed has happened.
  • Vagrant: Well, this is really a whole other blog post but if you need rapid VM creation, management, and deployment for development work or DevOps style work then Vagrant can save a lot of time. The nice thing is you don’t have to stop using VirtualBox, you can just add Vagrant based VMs into your mix.

PROS and CONS of Oracle VM Virtualbox

Pros Cons
Free and open-source. Simple integration features like printing require advanced-user skills.
Easy installation Doesn’t support drag and drop
Offers many of the same features common to Parallels Doesn’t feature extended preferences of Parallels
Folder sharing and USB support Finding shared folders is a bit tricky
Highly customizable, but without excessive default integrations of commercial services. Less powerful graphics than Parallels or VMware.

Conclusion of Oracle VM VirtualBox

Oracle VM VirtualBox, the world’s most popular open-source, cross-platform, virtualization software, enables developers to deliver code faster by running multiple operating systems on a single device. IT teams and solution providers How to use VirtualBox reduce operational costs and shorten the time needed to securely deploy applications on-premises and to the cloud.

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