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Solaris 10 / 11 and Oracle VM Virtualbox

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As I want to test an IP multipathed iSCSI storage configuration under Solaris 10 and 11 I wanted to set them up in Oracle VirtualBox. It was more or less easy.

Please do not forget to install the VirtualBox guest tools, otherwise the guest will crash as soon as the host system "steals" CPU cycles.

On text-only installs, mount the CD image like this (Solaris 10, CD is IDE master):

# mount -F hsfs /dev/dsk/c0t0d0p0 /mnt
On Solaris 11, the CD was attached to controller "7" target "1" (SATA, Port 1)

# mount -F hsfs /dev/dsk/c7t1d0p0 /mnt


# pkgadd -d /mnt/VBoxSolarisAdditions.pkg

In case you're interested in Sun/Oracle Openstorage, Fiberchannel Enterprise technologies or just want to drink a glass of fine beer - drop a note.

May 19th I am at Frankfurt Int'l Airport (Sheraton Airport Hotel) and from May 20th to 30th I will be staying in Cameroon meeting friends.

For Cameroon I am interested in internet connections. Last time I set up Orange Wimax connections and I am particularly interested in Camtel and MTN's offerings.

You may contact me at +49 171 6522660.


Virtualization techniques and approaches

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virtualization-hypervisor-example-60.pngI began to compare some different approaches to virtualization available and to visualize them with graphical pictograms.

I am appreciating your feedback whether I achieved that goal or not.

The following articles are available so far:

  1. Why virtualization?
  2. Userspace-based virtualization (the easy way)
  3. Xen: Hypervisor-based virtualization
  4. ESX: Hypervisor-based virtualization
  5. Solaris Zones: A sharing approach
  6. Hybrid methods: KVM

002-win311boot.pngStart Photo Album (20 pictures)! Starting in 1993, a "new" product soon became a synonym for a total nightmare and the equivalent of a today's childrens' toy.

Everybody which had access to "real" computers and systems began to feel embarassed, and all parts of the body began to ache suddenly when a collegue asked for help with Windows for Workgroups...

Microsoft wanted to do a facelift to Windows 3.1 and felt the pressure of OS/2 just poking around. It had networking, something Microsoft could not offer! So Windows for Workgroups was born as a fast hack. There was Windows 3.1 for Workgroups (not sold very often) and then Windows 3.11.

Windows for Workgroups 3.11 ! Ready to go! (Photoalbum, 20 images).


The system was installed with Sun xVM VirtualBox 2.1.4, Settings:
As I have some days off, I have time to play with rather historic things - thanks to Sun's VirtualBox application. In the last days I created a little Microsoft OS zoo on my Notebook:
  • a small Linux machine acting as a router between real network and a virtual one
  • a windows for workgroups 3.11 box including network, sound and internet explorer 3 (!) (9 diskettes)
  • a windows 95a box including 16,7 million colour graphics and Firefox (!) (15 diskettes)
  • a windows 98 box including 16,7 million colour graphics (a CD)
  • a windows NT 3.51 box (a CD)
  • an OpenSolaris 2008.11 box to test Samba interaction :)
Thank god I found all these setup diskettes in my university here... Making disk images was not so funny though, diskettes are not really long term storage...

As a side effect, I have got Firefox working on Windows 95, even if the installer does not like it.

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