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Windows 7: VirtualBox 4 Beta Released

07 Dec 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
VirtualBox 4 Beta Released

December 6, 2010

VirtualBox 4.0.0 Beta 1 is available. First beta of major release. Changelog below.

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Note: As of version 4.0, VirtualBox introduces the Extension Pack mechanism which allows Oracle and 3rd parties to deliver additional functionality on top of the standard Open Source product. The Oracle VM VirtualBox Extension Pack, adds support for USB 2.0, RDP server and the PXE bootloader with E1000 support.
You can download this Pack from the same location and install it via the VirtualBox Global Settings using the Extensions pane.

Version 4.0.0 will be new major release. The following major new features were added:
  • New settings/disk file layout for VM portability; see the manual for more information.
  • Open Virtualization Format Archive (OVA) support; see the manual for more information.
  • VMM: support more than 1.5/2 GB guest RAM on 32-bit hosts
  • Language bindings: uniform Java bindings for both local (COM/XPCOM) and remote (SOAP) invocation APIs
  • Chipset: added support for the Intel ICH9 chipset with 3 PCI buses, PCI express and Message Signaled Interrupts (MSI)
  • Audio: Intel HD Audio is now available as guest hardware, for better support with modern guest operating systems (e.g. 64-bit Windows; bug #2785).
  • GUI: redesigned user interface with guest window preview
  • GUI: new display mode with downscaled guest display
  • Resource control: added support for limiting a VM's CPU time and IO bandwidth.
  • Storage: support asynchronous I/O for iSCSI, VMDK, VHD and Parallels images
  • Storage: support for resizing VDI and VHD images
  • Windows Additions: support for automatically updating the Guest Additions (requires installed Windows Guest Additions 4.0 or later)
  • Guest Additions: support for copying files into the guest file system
In addition, the following items were fixed and/or added:
  • VMM: Enable large page support by default on 64-bit hosts (applies to nested paging only)
  • VMM: fixed guru meditation when running Minix (VT-x only; bug #6557)
  • GUI: the guest VM list is now sortable
  • GUI: add the possibility to delete all harddisk attached to an VM, when this VM is deleted (bug #5511)
  • GUI: built-in creation of desktop file shortcuts to start VMs on double click (bug #2322)
  • GUI: add configuration dialog for port forwarding in NAT mode (bug #1657)
  • GUI: show the guest window content on save and restore
  • GUI: certain GUI warnings don't stop the VM output anymore
  • Settings: deleting a machine now automatically deletes all snapshots and saved states as well, it is no longer necessary to manually delete snapshots first; VBoxManage unregistervm --delete can do the same now
  • Snapshots: added screenshots
  • 3D support: allow use of CR_SYSTEM_GL_PATH again (bug #6864)
  • 3D support: fixed various clipping/visibility issues (bugs #5659, #5794, #5848, #6018, #6187, #6570)
  • 3D support: guest application stack corruption when using glGetVertexAttrib[ifd]v (bug #7395)
  • 2D Video acceleration: multimonitor support
  • VRDP: fixed rare crash in multimonitor configuration
  • Display: fixed occasional guest resize crash
  • NAT: port forwarding rules can be applied at runtime
  • SATA: allow to attach CD/DVD-ROM drives including passthrough (bug #7058)
  • Floppy: support readonly image files, taking this as the criteria for making the medium readonly (bug #5651)
  • Audio: the DirectSound backend now allows VMs to be audible when another DirectSound application is active, including another VM (bug #5578)
  • EFI: support for SATA disks and CDROMs
  • BIOS: reduce the stack usage of the VESA BIOS function #4F01 (Quake fix)
  • OVF/OVA: significant performance improvements during export and import
  • OVF/OVA: creation of the manifest file on export is optional now
  • OVF/OVA: allow overwriting the target disk format on import
  • OVF/OVA: fixed export of VMs with iSCSI disks
  • Storage: Apple DMG image support for the virtual CD/DVD (bug #6760)
  • Linux host USB support: introduced a less invasive way of accessing raw USB devices (bugs #1093, #5345, #7759)
  • Guest Additions: Shared Folders now can be marked as being auto-mounted on Windows, Linux and Solaris guests
  • Linux Additions: Shared Folders now support symbolic links (bug #818)
  • Linux Additions: combined 32-bit and 64-bit additions into one file
  • Windows Additions: automatic logon on Windows Vista/Windows 7 is now able to handle renamed user accounts; added various bugfixes

VirtualBox 4.0.0 Beta 1
Known Issues

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10 Dec 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

December 9, 2010

Beta 2 released.

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This is the second beta of the upcoming 4.0 release. The following items were added/fixed since VirtualBox 4.0.0 Beta 1:
  • ExtPacks: show a confirmation dialog before installing an extpack
  • ICH9 chipset: fix Windows detection of the 82801IB host bridge
  • Linux hosts: fixed a wrong dependency to libstdc++5 in the Oracle ExtPack for 32-bit Linux which prevented to install that package on recent Linux distributions
  • Solaris hosts: fixed a bug which prevented to install ExtPacks at all
  • Linux/Solaris hosts: fixed the changelog in VirtualBox.chm (4.0 Beta 1 regression)
  • Audio/HDA: fixed issue with Ubuntu 10.10 guests and OpenSolaris guests
  • Audio/HDA: fixed choppy sound of Windows guests
  • GUI: fixed display of the file shortcuts on some older Window Manager on X11
  • Mouse: fixed mouse reporting which was not working for X11 guests with pre-4.0 Additions (4.0 Beta 1 regression)
  • Settings: use forward slashes in paths to make settings files more portable between Windows & other platforms
  • VBoxManage: show exact image format variant with VBoxManage showhdinfo
  • VBoxHeadless: detect VBoxSVC crash and terminate the VM cleanly
  • SATA: fixed DVD detection with Solaris guests
  • Linux Additions: fixed compilation of the kernel modules with DKMS (4.0 Beta 1 regression)
  • VMDK: fixed image corruption with async I/O (4.0 Beta 1 regression)
  • VBoxManage: fixed image resizing and the associated help text
  • OVA: fix wrong size writing for individual files greater 4GB (max. 8GB now)
  • X11 guests: multi-monitor support for X.Org Server 1.3+

VirtualBox 4.0.0 Beta 2
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10 Dec 2010   #3

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers

Hi there
Thanks for the info

I'm going to try this in a Virtual Machine -- Won't be efficient but it will be interesting to see if I can create a VM in Virtual Box (2nd level Virtual Machine) . I won't of course be able to test 3D out but I can test out a lot of other stuff.

I have it on "the grapevine" that this release is a real "killer" -- it's the first time that I've even contemplated moving away from vmware --- they are going "too corporate" these days so individual / small company users are just left behind.

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10 Dec 2010   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient


First impressions:

Looks and behaves very nice. USB ports on vm's not working before updating Guest Additions. First run of VirtualBox 3.12.12 vm SUSE Enterprise 11.3 crashed the vm and made VDI image unreadable. Reinstallling:

VirtualBox 4 Beta Released-vbox_4_beta2_first_try_1.png

I like the new Preview available on VirtualBox main window, showing "live" preview of selected vm:

VirtualBox 4 Beta Released-vbox_4_beta2_first_try_2.png

Building the VirtualBox Guest Additions kernel modules failed, but that's because of SUSE, not VBox:

VirtualBox 4 Beta Released-vbox_4_beta2_first_try_3.png

But, unpleasant surprise, Guest Additions service fails to start:

VirtualBox 4 Beta Released-vbox_4_beta2_first_try_4.png

In Windows 7 and Vista vm's appears a comical error. I couldn't no longer boot in safe mode, whatever I tried. Installing Direct 3D support therefore impossible:

VirtualBox 4 Beta Released-vbox_4_beta2_first_try_5.png

Other than that, Windows, Mac OSX and android vm's boot clearly faster and work without problems.


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15 Dec 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

December 14, 2010

VirtualBox 4 Beta 3

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This is the third beta of the upcoming 4.0 release. The following items were added/fixed since VirtualBox 4.0.0 Beta 2:
  • Solaris hosts: another fix for installing ExtPacks on Solaris
  • Solaris hosts: properly register mime types
  • GUI: fixed a crash if maximizing a guest window is not allowed
  • GUI: remember recent mounted mediums
  • GUI: fixed additions mounting
  • GUI: added hint how to get out of the scale mode
  • GUI: fixed black fullscreen minitoolbar on KDE4 hosts (bug #5449)
  • GUI: allow to update / downgrade / reinstall ExtPacks
  • 3D support: fixed incorrect rendering for some d3d8/9 apps
  • 3D support: fixed OpenGL support for 32bit apps on 64bit Windows XP SP2
  • 3D support: fixed installation on Linux without DKMS
  • 3D support: fixed OpenGL support for libMesa 7.9
  • VGA: fixed crash when booting VMs with older additions
  • OVA: allow individual files greater 8GB
  • Storage: performance optimization by not using our own block cache for read-only mediums
  • BIOS: implemented multi-sector reading, speeds up booting of certain guests (e.g. Solaris)
  • VMM: fixed FreeBSD 8.1 boot hang for unrestricted guest execution with VT-x
  • VMM: fixed performance regression for 32-bit SMP guests (VT-x + nested paging)
  • VMM: fixed performance regression (VT-x with preemption timer only)
  • VMM: improved fix for blocking NMIs triggered by active performance counters (Linux hosts in non-VT-x/AMD-V mode only; bug #7819)
  • User Manual: Windows help file (.chm) is searchable again
  • Windows Additions: fixed Windows 2000 guests (4.0.0 Beta 1 regression)
  • Solaris Additions: fixed guest X11 drivers
  • Solaris Additions: fixed unexpected termination of VBoxService
  • Linux Additions: fixed xorg.conf patching for older Linux (3.2.12 regression)

VirtualBox 4.0.0 Beta 3
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Dec 2010   #6

Windows 10 Pro x64, Arch Linux

Updated, Thanks for the info :)
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15 Dec 2010   #7

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient


As with Beta 1 and 2, also with Beta 3 all my Linux machines crash and refuse to boot if Guest Additions are installed.
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15 Dec 2010   #8
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

Good stuff, thanks Airbot.

Kari, I see you run Snow Leopard in vBox. How well does that run (before I spend $29 + tax, I would like to know - LOL).
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Dec 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
As with Beta 1 and 2, also with Beta 3 all my Linux machines crash and refuse to boot if Guest Additions are installed.

Be sure to check out the Beta version known issue threads, and you could give them feedback on it there also.

VirtualBox Beta Feedback
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Dec 2010   #10

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient


Reading that forums as we speak, Airbot. Thanks.

Whs, read this short thread: New to Virtualization. Answers your question and can give some ideas.

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