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Virtualbox addon for WHS2011?


Drexlock
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I did find a solution that in a way address start and shutdown of VMs with VirtualBox under WHS2011. It's a project called VBoxVmService at Sourceforge http://sourceforge.n.../vboxvmservice/ The only thing that I don't care for with this tool is that you cannot modify VMs that are running as there is no Window to access VMs when they are launched with this tool. It does its job but it definitely feels more like a Hack together fix then a polished app. Also when using this fix there is no way to access or admin VMs over the Dashboard. A Big downside in my opinion but it is a quick and dirty fix till a real robust Addin comes about.

 

Yeh, I think shut-down of the host impact is a dirty little secrete of VB. A add-in that would enable graceful shut-down in Win7 and/or WHS2011 would be very useful and save a lot of #($)@&!.

 

From my testing a running VM in VBox will not shutdown properly with the host and when launching ti after a reboot shows up tagged as "Aborted" which as you could imagine caused me a fair bit of concern.

 

The VBoxVmServcie is a good temporary solution but personally I dont trust it 100% and I have had hit or miss success with launching multiple VMs. For now I'm running a second Shuttle PC running Hyper-V until I can find a good Addin for VBox on WHS2011

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I have a slgiht update for anyone whose interested. I've been playing with http://code.google.com/p/phpvirtualbox/ and http://vboxvmservice.sourceforge.net/ to get a solution similar to what you can get with Hyper-V or ESXI. Its a little bit of a hack but im playing with letting VBoxVMService start and stop my VMs with the host OS and managing the VMs remotely over a web console with PHPVirtualbox. Its a little bit of a cluge to run both of these togehter but seems to have some promise. I'm also playing with running a second NIC dedicated to my VirtualBox instances, trying to prevent VM usage from affecting streaming and file transfer as much as possible.

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One more update for this old thread O mine :)

 

I recently stumbled across this step by step guide on running VirtualBox under WHS2011 that to be honest knocks the pants off of Hyper-V.

 

http://www.hodgkins....hs-2011-part-1/

 

The author not only covers automatic start and shutdown of VMs but also goes into settping up web management with ISS and RDP direct into guest VMs. Though that you guys would find it useful, I know it put me squarely back in the WHS2011 Camp

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