Virtualbox 3.1

Overview

If you are a System Administrator who has to set up a virtual machine and want to use an open source tool to do it this book will prove invaluable. No prior knowledge of VirtualBox is required, but you should have experience with general system administration.

This beginner's guide consists of comprehensive explanation, appropriate screenshots, tips, tricks, and best practices. It offers step-by-step instructions on building your own virtual ...

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Overview

If you are a System Administrator who has to set up a virtual machine and want to use an open source tool to do it this book will prove invaluable. No prior knowledge of VirtualBox is required, but you should have experience with general system administration.

This beginner's guide consists of comprehensive explanation, appropriate screenshots, tips, tricks, and best practices. It offers step-by-step instructions on building your own virtual environment from scratch, supported by the reasoning behind what you do.
• Download and install VirtualBox in a Windows/Linux environment
• Create your virtual machine on VirtualBox, using Ubuntu Linux Desktop/Windows XP as the "guest" operating system
• Share folders and pass information between the host and the guest operating systems
• Explore the Hardware 3D Acceleration feature available in Windows and Linux guests
• Revert the state of a Windows XP virtual machine using snapshots
• Architect a virtual machine using fixed and dynamically expanding hard drive images and choose the appropriate hard disk controller
• Clone hard disks using the Virtual Media Manager
• Connect a virtual machine to the Internet and a local network using the default NAT mode
• Illustrations for using WordPress, Drupal, and File Server virtual appliances
• Set up a headless server and create, manage, and run virtual machines in that server from a remote PC

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781847199140
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/20/2010
  • Pages: 348
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Alfonso Romero is a freelance computer consultant and translator from Mexico. He's been working with Linux and open source software since 1999. He started operating his first web server (Apache) from a PC at home, offering free hosting services to experiment with Postfix, Squirrel Mail, MySQL, Apache, Tomcat, and Virtual Hosting. Since then, he's been working as a computer consultant for several clients in Mexico - writing Java, C++, and web applications. Since 2000, he has worked for Pearson Education in Mexico as a computer books freelance translator and consultant. His latest book translations are the Spanish versions of Java How to Program, Seventh Edition, from Deitel & Deitel, and C++ How to Program, Sixth Edition, also from Deitel & Deitel. Al enjoys writing tutorials and teaching about Java, C++, PHP, the Apache web server, Tomcat, MySQL, web applications like Apache Roller, and all the wonderful open source applications used today, and when he's not experimenting with new trends in Open Source applications, he enjoys spending some quality time with his beautiful wife, his three kids, and his three dogs, or playing his old electric Ibanez guitar. You can reach him at alromeromx@gmail.com.

He's also a big fan of Stephen King, and one of his greatest aspirations is to write a fiction novel, but his passion for computers and information technology keeps him busy as a technical writer.

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