Most stable version of VBOX under OpenSolaris/Indiana?

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Most stable version of VBOX under OpenSolaris/Indiana?

Postby rpro » 22. Mar 2011, 19:27

Hi - I'm seeing some scary bug reports for vbox under solaris for the last year or so - and I was also burned trying any version of vbox greater than version 2.6.

Is Virtualbox now usable, with multiple cores and fast file I/O (I currently get 20 MB/sec maximum under vbox 2.x)? The issues really scare me as I have to have a Windows XP VM stable for months at a time with heavy file I/O use.

Thanks for any insights/warnings.
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Re: Most stable version of VBOX under OpenSolaris/Indiana?

Postby Perryg » 22. Mar 2011, 19:54

Is there a reason for you to upgrade? That is what you need to ask yourself.
If your current version does what you want/need then features are the only thing that has been added. Do you need them and enough to want to work with the configs to make everything work properly?
As they say it it isn't broken don't fix it.
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Re: Most stable version of VBOX under OpenSolaris/Indiana?

Postby rpro » 23. Mar 2011, 02:00

Actually, I really liked the fast file I/O of version 3.0 - however that crashed like crazy, even with only one core!

I run QuickPar (parity file generation) a lot in the VM and manage my media file server with it so more file I/O speed without constant crashing would be a godsend.
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Re: Most stable version of VBOX under OpenSolaris/Indiana?

Postby Perryg » 23. Mar 2011, 02:06

Then I would suggest that you upgrade to 3.2.12. The last in that version set. It worked good for me and does not have any of the usual new feature headaches.
Be sure to keep a copy of the one that you are using just in case and a good backup of the guest/s would be in order as well.
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Re: Most stable version of VBOX under OpenSolaris/Indiana?

Postby kebabbert » 26. Mar 2011, 17:16

Make a ZFS snapshot before you upgrade VB to 3.2.12. Then you can boot in GRUB to your earlier VB version - i.e. you keep both VB versions i different GRUB entrys.

But remember, when you do a ZFS snapshot - you're home dir will not be snapshotted! Only the OS will be snapshotted! Because your virtual machines are in your home dir, this means: if you make a ZFS snapshot and boot into the new snapshot and upgrade VB to 3.2.12 - you will still run the Windows install from version 2.xx. But VB 3.2.12 will tell you to upgrade guest addons. If you do that, and then boot into your earlier GRUB with VB 2.xx - you will get problems. Because VB 2.xx will not recognize the new addons from VB 3.2.12.

In short, if you are going to boot into different GRUB entries with different VB versions - do not upgrade guest addons in your virtual machines. Let the guest addons be left at 2.xx. Otherwise you will get problems and possibly can not boot the guests in earlier VB versions.
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Re: Most stable version of VBOX under OpenSolaris/Indiana?

Postby tomwaters » 5. Apr 2011, 10:47

Make a ZFS snapshot before you upgrade VB to 3.2.12. Then you can boot in GRUB to your earlier VB version - i.e. you keep both VB versions i different GRUB entrys.


I assume you mean use beadm create?
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