Oh VirtualBox 3.2, still you are missing these all for normal desktop users like me. I like your desktop virtualization software, which is very fast and easy to work with. After Oracle bought you, your name changed and added new features. But unfortunately new features are too advanced for normal desktop users and we cant see any changes in ‘major version’ of Oracle VirtualBox 3.2.
I use VB for virtualization of Operating systems in windows environment and Intel based PCs only, but my blog readers use in different platforms and OSs. We all are happy with your product and even I compiled 8 points why VirtualBox is better than VMware.
Latest Oracle VirtualBox 3.2 is still missing following features for normal desktop users.
1) Cloning Virtual Machines.
Cloning Virtual Machines are not easy as other virtualization products. Because of GUI Cloning option is missing, most of the users are not using Cloning VMs and spending lot of time for reinstallation.
Still, I published a post of Cloning VMs in Command prompt for my users.
2) Physical to Virtual (P2V)
Developments on VirtualBox are very fast and good, but why you are not adding this P2V feature? We like to virtualize our physical machines to Oracle VirtualBox and play with it. We have to depend on other products for VirtualBox P2V then import.
3) Still USB is an Issue
Swapping USB devises between host and guest is still an issue with VirtualBox. Windows 7, Windows Vista and some other Operating systems ( as reported by other users) face same USB issue. Sometimes, we have to shutdown our hosts completely to make this USB work.
4) Allow me to Add Hard disks, Network Adapters while VM working
Let me change some basic settings of virtual machines, like adding hard disks and network adapters to working guest machines. This will avoid powering off working VMs to change basic settings. May be you support this in command prompt ( which I didn’t try at all), but add this in GUI.
5) Consider About Windows Aero
Though, your 3D support on guest machines works well, consider to add Windows aero support in VirtualBox. Let us feel the Windows aero on non Windows hosts.
6) Branched Snapshots good, but make it better
Make your Branched snapshots and interface more better and understandable. Some users still struggling to manage snapshots whether to delete or keep.
You can find out more information about branched snapshots I posted here.
7) More Processor Cores for 64bit Guest
VB is not allowing me to select both processor cores ( in Core2Duo) for 64Bit Virtual machine guest operating systems such as Windows 2008 R2, Windows 7 64 bit. It will be a great deal if you allow this feature in processors.
8.) Base Memory Limitation
Do you have any reasons to limit guest VM memory up to 1500MB only? Even with 3 and 4GB host machines I can’t select more than 1500MB memory for VM.
9) Let me Connect my LPT Printers
Am I missing any options or settings to connect my LPT printers to Virtual machine in VirtualBox? I couldn’t find any options in GUI console. Just for this reason, i had to go for other virtualization software at my office.
10) When you will add Drag and drop feature between host and guest
This will save our time to setting up VB shared folder for each location we wanted to transfer data between host and guest. Drag and drop will be an ideal data transfer method from any where to any where.
11) Disk management tools to compact, extend, shrink and defrag disks
Try to add some built in GUI options to compact, defragment and manage vdi disk files. So, this will help us to save some disk space and improve disk performance for Virtual Machines.
The above points came out from my experience with Windows host and Intel based computers. Please do share if you have similar issues with different hosts. This points will be taken to VirtualBox forum and some body look these all.
Am I wrong with this list, or missing anything? What’s your thought about Oracle VirtualBox 3.2?