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"Virtualizar puede ser sencillo"

What do you like best?

Ideal para iniciarse acerca de las máquinas virtuales, esta herramienta permite obtener los beneficios de la virtualización. Cuando me inicie aprendí los conceptos de nube trabajando en Virtual Box y eso me ayudó a despertar mi interés en este campo. Además, es muy fácil de instalar y conservar. Una vez instalado se pueden configurar distintas máquinas virtuales cada una con sus propios recursos virtuales, partiendo como base de los recursos físicos de la máquina anfitriona. Hay que tener en cuenta que se pueden ejecutar varías máquinas a la vez e incluso trabajar conjuntamente, pero estan limitadas a la cantidad de recursos de la maquina anfitriona. La función de compartir archivos remotos es increíble.

What do you dislike?

por el momento y en el tiempo que lelvo utilizando esta herramienta, no he detectado fallos ni puntos negativos. Quizas la configuración para poder trabajar con varias máquinas virtuales conectadas es un poco compleja y lleva tiempo conseguirlo. Es algo en loque podían incorporar mejoras.

Recommendations to others considering the product

ideal para iniciarse en el mundo de la virtualización y empezar con algo pequeño. Recomendado para cualquiera con curiosidad en este mundillo .

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

En la organización nos ha permitido poder tener en una mis máquina física varias máquinas virtuales trabajando conjuntamente y cada una realizando una función y atentiendo distintas peticiones. Personalmente es la forma que tengo de seguir mejorando y practicando como administrador de sistemas y poder probar nuevos softwares y Sistemas Operativos sin necesidad de exponer mis datos ni la integridad de mis equipos físicos.

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VirtualBox review by Mario M.
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"All you need for virtualize your Operating System!"

What do you like best?

I think that Virtual Box t is the best tool for virtualizing operating systems! In fact, according to me, it is fast, easy to setup and with many customizations options!

It's completely free, it is immediate to use simply select the iso of the Operating System you want to virtualize, and VirtualBox will do all the rest!

What do you dislike?

I would prefere a better User Interfarce, the present one is a little Spartan and often not easy to understand (it could be better organized and better managed).

I hate the fact you need to download extra software (Guest-addition) for manage essential features like the full-screen option. On particular linux distro, Guest Additions don't work at all, and you need to bang your head a lot (with tutorial, forum, etc) to try make them work!

Recommendations to others considering the product

A tool that has now become essential for everyone, both professionals, students, and simple IT enthusiasts. The tool is free, always updated, and generally simple to use.

Highly recommended!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Virtual Box allowed us to virtualize all Operating System that we want, freeing ourselves from the weight of install them on our pc. Time is money and virtualbox has allowed us to save a lot of money. In case of problems, viruses, etc, with a couple of clicks you can go back to the previous situation without having to worry about formatting, cleaning etc.

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VirtualBox review by Silvia M.
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"A simple but powerful virtualization software"

What do you like best?

I really enjoy this software. It's free, can do almost all the things that the commercial virtualization apps do, and can virtualize practically all operating systems currently on the market.

I love some features like drag and drop file between host and guest systems, the shared clipboard functionality. The start and stop of guest system is really fast too.

What do you dislike?

The gui could be improved, in general it is a bit slower than commercial alternative especially when you need to install a new guest system or need to change features like space allocated or create new partition. To take full advantage of the virtual machine features (such as full screen view) you must install the Virtual Box guest addition's: for windows it's easy, on linux the installation is difficult and often with many problems especially for beginners.

Recommendations to others considering the product

VirtualBox do the Job. With free license, and great flexbility for us it's the best way to create Virtual Machine. You will not feel the need for a commercial product by using Oracle VirtualBox!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have lowered costs (thanks to the complete free license) and increased flexibility thanks to virtualization. In addition we have the possibility to test the product on various real Operating System before releasing it, facilitating testing and bug fixes.

VirtualBox review by Tim C.
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"VirtualBox is a lifesaver!"

What do you like best?

I love VirtualBox. Especially the fact that it's free. I use it with free Windows developer profiles to test programs and websites in a Windows environment, which is handy for me since I'm on a Mac. It even gets leveraged by other programs I have to create virtual WordPress environments for local development. It has saved me a lot of money from having to buy other development platforms. I'm also able to share documents back and forth very easily between the virtual environment and my computer.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes it can get a bit laggy, but I find that happens rarely, and if it does, I just close down some other programs that are running on my computer and it picks right back up.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I recommend VirtualBox as an easy to use program for setting up other test environments on your local machine.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use VirtualBox for both local development of WordPress environments along with testing environments for other platforms.

VirtualBox review by Janaka B.
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"Virtualization for humans"

What do you like best?

Ease of use: VBox is one of the easiest, most convenient ways of converting your single-OS machine into a multi-platform workstation - may it be a Kubernetes cluster, an Oracle DB on CentOS, Office on Windows, the latest Kali Linux, or anything else you can dream of!

What do you dislike?

Lack of support for nested x64 virtualization (x64 VM running another x64 VM inside it - a rare use case, but one that I wanted badly some time back)

Recommendations to others considering the product

AFAIK it doesn't support nested 64-bit virtualization; other than that there are no shortcomings that I know of!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Running Kubernetes/OpenShift clusters on single-machine infra

Running Oracle and MSSQL DBs without installing them on the native OS

Connecting to VPNs where the native OS has limited support

Running security audits on Kali Linux, without touching the host OS

Using various Windows software while running on a Linux base

VirtualBox review by Cesar G.
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"get your virtual machines easily and for free"

What do you like best?

Multiplatform: Can be installed in various SSOO 32 and 64 bits, such as Windows, GNU / Linux, Mac OS X and Solaris.

Multi-Guests: You can virtualize multiple SSOOs of 32 and 64 bits, such as Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows XP, ..., Debian, Ubuntu, OpenSuSe, ..., OS / 2, Mac OS X, DOS, Solaris, etc.

It is free software, it uses the GPLv2 license, although some components are free with PUEL license.

Portability: VB is functionally very similar in all platforms where it can be executed, for this reason MMVV can be ported between them, that is, you can create an MV in Windows and then run it in GNU / Linux. In addition, MMVV can be easily imported and exported using the Open Virtualization Format (OVF), a standard created for this purpose. You can even import in this MMVV format that were created with a different virtualization software.

Hardware-assisted virtualization is not always necessary: ​​In many scenarios, VB does not require hardware-assisted virtualization, which requires the functions added to modern hardware, called Intel VT-x for Intel microprocessors and AMD-V for microprocessors. AMD microphones. This fact allows VB to be used even in old hardware, where these features are not present. Sometimes, MMVVs try to do operations that can interfere with the proper functioning of the host machine, and avoiding this is one of the main functions of hypervisors. VB as such, in most cases only requires software-based virtualization, but sometimes, as for example in the 64-bit SSOO virtualization on x86 hardware platforms (they were not designed with virtualization in mind), to execute the operations that can affect the host, need the help of Intel VT-x or AMD-V. It should not be forgotten that in addition to selecting these features in the configuration of the MV, it is likely that for them to be used, they must also be activated in the BIOS of the host machine. (Warning: It is allowed to install more than one virtualization software on the host machine, but it is not advisable to run more than one at a time, especially when using hardware-assisted virtualization, since hypervisors can not follow what others do. hypervisors are trying to do about the host, getting, quite possibly, the blocking of the computer)

Guest additions: these are software packages that can be installed inside compatible guest systems to improve their performance and provide better communication with the host system. After installing the Guest Additions in an MV, it will improve in the following aspects:

Integration of the mouse pointer, avoiding that you have to click on the window of the MV so that the mouse is assigned to it. Simply put the mouse over the window of the MV and you will have it.

Folders shared between the host and the guest to exchange files.

Improvement of the graphic characteristics of the MV, allowing the automatic resizing of the graphical interface of the guest OS when the window size of the MV is modified.

Fluid mode of the windows. With this mode, the individual windows open on the guest's desktop are integrated with the host's open windows, giving the impression that the guest's applications are running on the host.

Automatically synchronize the time of the MV with the host team.

Share the clipboard between the host and the guest.

Snapshots: You can save arbitrary snapshots of the current state of the MV, allowing you to go back in time, restoring the MV to the frozen state by the snapshot and starting an alternative configuration of the MV from there.

What do you dislike?

A powerful computer is required to emulate a virtual machine. Technical knowledge is required to perform this task.

You can not use existing installations of other operating systems.

Sometimes it tends to be difficult to share the information of the virtual machine with the real machine.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Multiplatform: Can be installed in various SSOO 32 and 64 bits, such as Windows, GNU / Linux, Mac OS X and Solaris.

Multi-Guests: You can virtualize multiple SSOOs of 32 and 64 bits, such as Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows XP, ..., Debian, Ubuntu, OpenSuSe, ..., OS / 2, Mac OS X, DOS, Solaris, etc.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Virtualization of Linux operating system machines in Windows or Windows in Linux

VirtualBox review by Jean C.
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"Un service une utilisation en des aide Faciles"

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Bien le bonjour je suis très régulièrement entrain de utiliser Virtual-box ; se nom ne vous dit rien ? Et bien pour moi il est dans ma vie, tous les jours et oui je suis programmeur informatique et je fais tourner raspbian dessus il me permet de créé des fichiers de log et autres sur linux tout en gardant Windows il est vraiment utile

What do you dislike?

je n'ai pas les beugs qui arrivent quelque fois mais il sont juste des bugs du fais que l'ordinateur lag légèrement

Recommendations to others considering the product

VirtualBox son nom vous dit tout Vous voulez faire tourner un systéme d'exploitation Virtuel (Virtual) dans un service qui ne touche pas a votre Windows comme une boite ou les erreurs seront fait a l’intérieur (Box)

: comme je me suis amusé a vous le décrire VirtualBox est fait pour vous !!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

je cherchais comment garder windows en pouvant programmer sur linux

VirtualBox review by Lucas R.
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"Review for VirtualBox"

What do you like best?

Virtual Box allows you to run several operating systems with only one computer. I am using it to run an Ubuntu virtual operating system on my Windows 10 laptop. It is very convenient to avoid having to buy a separate laptop, especially since I only use Ubuntu for a few specific tasks.

What do you dislike?

The set up is not necessarily super easy to perform. I had to go through several tutorials in order to set it up properly. The software also crashed the first time I used it but hasn't since then.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It can take some time to understand how to set it up, but just find a clear tutorial online and it should go smoothly.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Virtual Box allows me to use Ubuntu on my work Windows 10 laptop without having to buy a separate computer, so it is very convenient and saved me a lot of money.

VirtualBox review by Laurry P.
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"Permet de émuler des machine comme windows ou linux sans probléme"

What do you like best?

Cette application permet de profiter des OS Windows et autre sans avoir a toucher a sa partition Windows de base en dur sur le disque-dur il faut une bonne configuration pour pouvoir faire fonctionner une autre machine car les deux système on besoins de ram du processeur de l'écran

What do you dislike?

je souhaiterais qui les drivers d’écrans soit directement chargé lors de l’installation d'une machine virtuel sur linux car cela est pas forcement facile de le faire après

Recommendations to others considering the product

SI vous ne savez pas comment faire pour utiliser Windows ou linux utiliser les deux en même temps avec cette application

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Mon problème de moi et ma société était de choisir un système d'exploitation qui conviendrait a tous: avec Virtual-box on a pus faire des teste et choisir au Mieux de nos besoins pour nous cela c'est avéré concluant moi personnellement je suis satisfait

VirtualBox review by lorry d.
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"je utilise régulièrement cette application "

What do you like best?

je suis régulièrement sur Virtual-box autant chez moi que a mon entreprise personnellement je suis sous Windows et virtual-box me sert afin de émuler des machine Linux comme raspbian ou autre pour les tester ou code .

Virtualbox offre un service complet avec Beaucoup d'outil et de service pratiques

What do you dislike?

je suis pas vraiment déçu mais certain driver mériterais d’être prés installer mais un fois que il sont installé il n'y a plus de Problèmes

Recommendations to others considering the product

Vous travailler en informatique Virtual Box vous sera utile et vous offrira la possibilité de teste des nouvelles choses sur Linux Windows enfin tous OS connu actuellement

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Il m'a permis de Teste plus de 20 systèmes linux et leur outil afin de permettre a mes employer de trouver celons moi l'application la mieux adaptée a leur travail

VirtualBox review by Brad E.
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"Excellent software"

What do you like best?

I started using Virtual Box in March 2014. There are many virtualizations solutions on the market, however, Virtual Box has one big differentiator: It is open source which means it is free to use. Surprisingly, it also has many of the features of the paid competitors. Like other paid competitors, you can do things such as drop and drag files between guest and host; set up a virtual network drive on the guest machine to access the host files; copy and paste between guest and host, suspend machine states and even save states to roll back to for future use. All of these features work very well. If you are using a Mac and have Bootcamp installed, then you can even access the Bootcamp drive which is very handy if you want to do some work in Windows without having to boot up into the full Windows system.

There is a great support community, so you can often find a good selection of tutorials and videos to help installing and setting up virtual machines.

What do you dislike?

Virtual box does have a few minor annoyances. Firstly, some of the more advance functions, such as setting up a network drive between guest and host and accessing a Bootcamp drive are a bit tricky to set up and can take a good half-hour to an hour of configuring to get up and running. It’s not too hard to do all this and you only need to set them up once, but it’s not possible to do these in one click. Another problem is that the interface is slightly ugly. This is a minor annoyance, because once you load a virtual machine, you will rarely see the interface. And the interface is very useable, so it doesn’t create any usability problems. But every time I look at it, I wish it was more pretty and less grey!

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you need to emulate other systems and only need basic tools (such as copy and paste between guest and host) go for Virtual Box.

If you need more advanced tools (such as being able to access the Bootcamp drive on a Mac) and don’t mind spending a good half hour to set this up once, then go for Virtual Box.

If however, you need these advance tools and don’t like setting up things, then go for something like VMware Fusion.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use it primarily to test websites and applications on a variety of platforms. It is much faster than owning the machines separately. The ability to suspend and restart sessions is a huge time saver, as it makes it faster to test specific features of a site or application.

VirtualBox review by Proste M.
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"Virtualbox mon histoire"

What do you like best?

Virtualbox est pour moi comme mon deuxième ordinateur depuis que je l'ai je ne fais plus de dualboot je demande sur une partition windows en dur et dessus je demarre linux ou tout autre distribution se qui me permet de tranferer mon travail d un OS a l autre sans etre obligé de redémarrer VBox est pourvu d une interface reseau complète voila mon avis

What do you dislike?

Ce que je n'ai pas et bien je ne sais pas quoi repondre .

Recommendations to others considering the product

Vous voulez demarrer un machine linux sur windows ou encore tester des système d'exploitation inconnu Virtualbox est là pour ça .

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Le problème etait de transferer des fichier sur un autre système d'exploitation sur le même disque dur grace a vBox et aux dossiers partagés je peux le faire sans redémarrer

VirtualBox review by Gilbert C.
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"Un service pratique "

What do you like best?

Virtualbox est un service gratuit a 100% si vous aimez l'informatique la programmation etc Virtualbox est fait pour voir un service de qualité des driver compatible tout est parfait

What do you dislike?

Alors je ne veux en aucun cas critiquer Virtualbox car cela n'est pas de leur fautes mais malheureusement quand un système d'exploitation est emulaté dessus on ne peut pas utiliser la carte wifi avec le sans fil sur notre système d'exploitation d'origine il n'y a aucune différence mais si vous vouler un wifi différents pour votre virtualbox vous devez investir dans un carte wifi externe

Recommendations to others considering the product

Vous chercher comment faire fonctionner une machine Virtuel sur votre PC gratuitement Virtualbox est fait pour vous sans le moindre doute

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Virtualbox ma permis de tester plusieur système d'exploitation avec les collègues ceci toujours facilement

VirtualBox review by Siddharth W.
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"Started using this recently, loving it so far"

What do you like best?

free and highly customizable

Cross-platform functionality

Great amount of community support and documentation available which makes your life easier

Easy to use, even for the first time users

What do you dislike?

No integration feature like Printing direct to host printer, which is available in the competition products.

Full screen mode is not that smooth, as it could be

Transferring files between the client and the host could be an issue at times

Recommendations to others considering the product

it is great is you want a VM for doing different types of testing for some short period of time.

Also, it is open source and can be customized alot as per the needs, therefore you can play around with it with literally no cost. It does has soem performance issues, which are not present in its contendor products.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Deploying the various testing environments for the clients. I am primarily using this to perform penetration testing before rolling out a release to the client.

VirtualBox review by Pierpaolo T.
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"The best virtualization I've ever used"

What do you like best?

First of all, you can handle all the most common operating systems: Windows, Linux, you name it!

With the use of snapshots, you can always be sure that you can roll your changes back if anything goes awry. Kind of undo for your OS, cool, eh?

I use it mainly for two reasons:

1. testing new software without the fear of breaking my machine

2. keep my host OS clutter free by accessing it with no admin rights.

You get support via a public forum but there are people there that are really good.

Last but not least, it is free.

What do you dislike?

There is no built-in method to process virtual drives and claim freed disk space back:

when creating a machine you can decide if your virtual hard drive will have a fixed disk space attributed or dynamically allocated.

If you choose the second option, the physical drive space taken will increase no matter if you delete files from the virtual hard drive. To claim that free space back, you have to resort to external tools.

More about that in the recommendation part.

The second drawback is that you'd better set the snapshot folder to a separate hard drive, that has to be significantly big: the snapshots take a lot of space.

Recommendations to others considering the product

As already said, it would be better to setup the snapshots folder in a separate hard drive.

To compact (and gain back) the physical disk space occupied by deleted files, you have to clone the virtual machine to a new one wit the use of an external (luckily free) tool developed by one of the people in the support forum.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Windows OS is easily burdened by software that you install: a virtual machine allow me to have an OS that is always smooth and clean. Also, I can easily replicate the same working environment on different machines or even migrate a physical machine to a virtual environment when upgrading the hardware, so that I do not have to reinstall all the software I normally use: I just move the VM from the old PC to the new one and I'm ready to start from where I left!

VirtualBox review by Genesis R.
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"Virtualbox, a great option!"

What do you like best?

Virtualbox is the best virtualization tool I use, I have too many reasons why it is my favorite virtual machine, sometimes I need to try different types of operating systems on my computer, and the great thing is that with Virtualbox it is so simple, I only have that create a "virtual" hard drive in which I will install the desired operating system, all of this of course within my main operating system, without the need to restart the computer to move from one system to another. It is very versatile in that sense.

I can move from one Operating System to another just by moving the mouse between the windows of each system and better yet I can share information and documents between both Systems. I can create a "virtual machine" within my Ubuntu and install and run Windows as if it were one more application. The same can be done in reverse, with Windows being the "host" system and Ubuntu the "guest". It is open source, totally free and available for any operating system which makes it a great choice for those who are frequently fiddling with new operating systems or unstable beta versions.

What do you dislike?

When using Virtuabox there is a lot of spending of computer resources. When dividing the computer into virtual machines logically the performance of the computer will decrease significantly, for that reason it is advisable to take very well into account the resources that are used at the time of creating one.

Some functions of some operating systems are hidden when running with the Virtual Box.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

In my workplace, I sometimes have to test operating systems on the computers in the office and this has helped me a lot since I can test new operating systems without altering the main operating system. For example, if we normally use a Windows operating system and want to try Windows, or even macOS, we can do it with total security using one of the virtual machine applications. In addition, I can also use the virtualized system to perform experiments and test how they affect our system without risk that a bad configuration makes it stop working.

Sometimes, I have to run old applications, those that never updated and only work in Windows XP or something even older, as these incompatibilities exist, then I have taken the option to create a virtual machine for this type of programs.

VirtualBox review by Tyler W.
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"For free, it can't be beat! Great app!"

What do you like best?

VirtualBox is:

- Free

- Easy to use

- Great for virtualization beginners

- Great for educational, personal, or enterprise use

- Has all the features you need built in

What do you dislike?

VirtualBox needs to work on their guest drivers but other than that, everything works very well!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

For me, I use Parallels Desktop, VMware Fusion, and VirtualBox. I prefer Parallels Desktop as it seems to be faster and have better guest tools/drivers than VirtualBox but sometimes, Parallels just doesn't cut it. I use VirtualBox for labs and projects, VMware Fusion to connect to ESXi boxes, and Parallels Desktop for personal machines. There's a use case for each.

VirtualBox review by Jouly P.
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"Excellent software to create virtual machines for free"

What do you like best?

I like that it is simple and intuitive when creating the virtual machines, it is quite complete and it works really well, you can use several operating systems at the same time without the need to restart the machine, its fast installation does not weigh much, it has a documentation pretty complete.

What do you dislike?

That does not have the predefined ISO when creating virtual machines, since not everyone has them, it would be very useful to have a repository from which they could be accessed from the software and use them.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

You can test the operating systems that you want (Linux, Windows, Mac OS) and their versions without the need to format your machine, it is ideal for testing without harming your equipment, at the enterprise level we can save many costs since we can have virtualized servers without having large amount of irons, it is ideal for beginners and experts for its simple interface.

VirtualBox review by Luis R.
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"EXCELENTE PLATAFORMA PARA LA EMULACIÓN DE SISTEMAS OPERATIVOS"

What do you like best?

LA GRAN GAMA DE SISTEMAS OPERATIVOS QUE SE PUEDEN EMULAR

EL ECHO DE SER MAQUINAS VIRTUALES INDEPENDIENTES AL SISTEMA OPERATIVO USADO

LA CAPACIDAD DE SIMULAR PRUEBAS DE SOFTWARE DENTRO DE LA MAQUINA VIRTUAL

What do you dislike?

EL NO PODER INSTALAR SISTEMAS OPERATIVOS MÓVILES O DE SMARTPHONE

LA CANTIDAD DE RECURSOS QUE CONSUME

LA CANTIDAD DE ESPACIO EN DISCO DURO QUE SE UTILIZA

Recommendations to others considering the product

TENER UN EQUIPO PROCESADOR DE 64 BITS PARA USAR EL SOFTWARE DE MANERA EFICIENTE

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

LOS MEJORES BENEFICIOS SON LA CAPACIDAD DE EMULAR EL COMPORTAMIENTO DE UN SOFTWARE O S.O DENTRO DE LA MAQUINA VIRTUAL ASÍ LLEGAR A SABER SI EL SOFTWARE ES PARA TI O NO

VirtualBox review by Administrator in Marketing and Advertising
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"Fast and Simple Virtualization Platform for Desktop"

What do you like best?

VirtualBox has revolutionized how I can build out systems, support developers, test new features, and trial new applications on my local desktop. Installing this tool on my Windows desktop and then adding something like Vagrant has allowed me to go from no systems to new dashboard tools, new testing tools, new security tools, and new applications in minutes by following simple instructions presented by other engineers out there on the internet. From github projects, I clocked only about 20 minutes of time from nothing to a full working install of something I've never used before. Learning curve is simple for those with some rudimentary technical skills.

What do you dislike?

The VirtualBox guest additions is a bit convoluted to install, but not necessary to get work done. The networking can also be a bit complicated if you do not have a basic familiarity with some network hardware and network topology. Following along a blog instructions only works if your use case is just like whatever you found.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try using VirtualBox first before anything else if you are on a Windows PC or Linux. If you use a Mac, try it and compare against VMware Fusion.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We install new applications to test out in our environment and use VirtualBox with Vagrant images to allow teams of developers to start working on new projects within a day rather than weeks of trying to install software they are not familiar with.

VirtualBox review by John H.
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"From Small Projects to Large Deployments"

What do you like best?

VirutalBox is in my development environment almost daily for when I need to set up virtual computers. I'll have one running Linux, one on Windows, one as a desktop or server or anything else I need. I can separate them into virtual environments, take snapshots of their current configuration to test things out. It is excellent for testing out development environments or training.

What do you dislike?

It's probably my own setup, but it can be slow if you're trying to run several virtual machines, so best to have a dedicated desktop just for VMs.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Read the manuals and people's instructions. Little things can trip you up like CPU settings.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The biggest thing I use VirtualBox for is for development and training. If I have a client with a system I'm not familiar with, I can set up what they run, test it out, play with it, and know it well enough to serve my clients. If I'm trying to figure out a difficult problem or troubleshoot a client's issues, I can set up exactly what they run, take a snapshot, and then start troubleshooting bit by bit until I find the solution.

VirtualBox review by Matthew S.
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"More options than VMware Workstation"

What do you like best?

I love that VirtualBox has more options to be able to customize and save then compared to other Virtual Machine software out there like VMware Workstation.

What do you dislike?

I honestly do not really dislike anything at all.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are thinking about considering VirtualBox I would have to tell you that you should go with VirtualBox because I have been using VirtualBox for several years and in the past I was using VMware Workstation Pro and had to deal with the less amount of settings and customization then there are with VirtualBox. So I would have to say that overall I have been very pleased using the VirtualBox software for the past several years then I have for years using VMware Workstation Pro. I would rate this software 10/10 in my own opinion and 6/10 would be the rating I would give for VMware Workstation Pro

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am solving the ability to test software and run servers on virtual machines. I have realized that I can run multiple systems at one time on one machine while this saves me time and money.

VirtualBox review by Deborah D.
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"Easy to Use Virtualization Utility"

What do you like best?

It's freeware that can run many different systems.

What do you dislike?

The interface is a bit clunky. It can be a little bit slow and unstable. You can't install printers from the host system automatically.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Although VB is easy to set up, you need to have an idea how much storage you are going to allot to your systems. If you aren't an experienced user of virtualization machines, it might not be the best choice for you. If you have an IT guy, make sure they are around to give you a hand when you go to install. Remember you also have to have an installation ISO or DMG file for the OS that you want to install.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have a Mac at work but need to run windows-only programs. In order to use my mac for this, I have to use a virtual machine. This works, it's free (better than Parallels).

VirtualBox review by Arseni P.
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"Solid and reliable multiplatform solution"

What do you like best?

I like that VirtualBox is multiplatform and reliable on any system. I was working on different platforms: Windows, MacOS, Linux. I like that whenever I need to set up a VM I can easily do so with a familiar tool. Everything is in it's place and very intuitive. Can set external devices, no issues with network and very easy to set resources.

What do you dislike?

I don't think there is anything about this software I dislike.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I can have the same, reliable and familiar tool on any platform and development environment.

VirtualBox review by Jose M.
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"Permite emular máquinas como Windows o Linux sin problemas"

What do you like best?

Esta aplicación le permite disfrutar de Windows y otros sistemas operativos sin tener que tocar la partición básica de su disco duro Windows en el disco duro, necesita una buena configuración para poder ejecutar otra máquina, ya que ambos sistemas necesitan el procesador de la pantalla.

What do you dislike?

Me gustaría que los controladores de pantalla se cargaran directamente al instalar una máquina virtual en linux porque no es necesariamente fácil hacerlo después.

Recommendations to others considering the product

SI no sabes cómo usar Windows o Linux usando ambos al mismo tiempo con esta aplicación

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Mi problema conmigo y mi empresa era elegir un sistema operativo que se ajustara a todos: con Virtual-box podíamos hacer pruebas y elegir lo mejor de nuestras necesidades para nosotros, que fueron concluyentes para mí personalmente, estoy satisfecho.

VirtualBox review by Vaibhav K.
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"Best VM Manager"

What do you like best?

I am able to load up any ISO disk and manage every virtual machine easily. I really love how easy it is to use and all the different things you can tweak for each virtual machine such as how much RAM you want to dedicate, video memory, storage, network and more. It is also great for running different operating systems, as a developer I can run Ubuntu and Windows at the same time. This allows me to use the features of both operating systems. Another great thing is, you can save the state of your VM. This means you can shut down the VM but when you resume you will still be able to come back to where you left off.

What do you dislike?

There is literally nothing I dislike. Nothing is buggy, user interface and user experience is just perfect. No complaints.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's a great tool for managing systems on which are running different operating system. It's free and open sourced, you can customize it to your liking. There are almost no issues for the everyday user. It's a bug free program!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am a software developer and use various different machines and operating systems to make sure software is compatible with all the major operating systems. Also I need to use Windows and Ubuntu both at once.

VirtualBox review by Mwangi W.
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"Virtualization in its own level"

What do you like best?

I have used VirtualBox for two years now. Virtual Box allows me to have several operating systems in one computer. It allows me to test the websites I develop across multiple devices and screensizes.

What do you dislike?

Do not find anything that i dislike in Virtualbox though my computer getting slow when am using more than three different operating systems in Virtual Box which might be a problem with my computer..

Recommendations to others considering the product

VirtualBox is the best of its kind and you should surely try it. It will give you access to almost any operating system without having to buy another device.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

VirtualBox have been of many benefits when testing web applications we develop for various clients. It gives us access to many devices and configurations without having to purchase physical hardware.

VirtualBox review by Greg S.
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"Fantastic VM experience"

What do you like best?

Certainly the price (free!) is among the most attractive features of VirtualBox, but it's actually an extremely capable product that (for my use) is as good as products that cost hundreds of dollars. Amazingly, VirtualBox supports lots of different disk image formats, including the popular VMDK format, so it's easy to switch to VMWare (or other software) if you don't like VirtualBox.

What do you dislike?

Transferring files between the client and host can be a bit clunky. The Guest Additions makes this a bit better but it would be nice if somehow the client's disks showed up in the host's file explorer.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

A lot of the software I need to run will only work on Linux. VirtualBox allows me to have a complete Linux installation running within my Windows host environment. In fact, I can have several different Linux distributions for testing purposes, and can take "snapshots" of the environment in case there might be a need to go back to that exact point again in the future.

VirtualBox review by Gerald L.
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"Stable and easy to use"

What do you like best?

VirtualBox worked out of the box and no configuration is required. I am able to run Ubuntu 14.04 and 16.04 as guests in Windows 7 at the same time and without issues. Snapshots are reliable to create and restore from. Ports on local machine can be forwarded to the guest machine.

What do you dislike?

Tools for compacting disks are not that easy to use. For situations where there is a lot of fragmentation in the guest disk, the disk usage of the guest in the host VM becomes large. The steps for handling this scenario has to be found on the web, which involves a series of commands in both the guest and host.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure to create a snapshot before trying to upgrade VirtualBox in case something goes wrong.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I'm using Ubuntu 14.04 in a workplace where Windows is the supported desktop OS. This helps me with development work on my local machine for deploying to Linux servers.

VirtualBox review by Jackie R.
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"Awesome Software for building a test machine"

What do you like best?

It was easy to build a test vm computer with this product. Best part it was free. It allow me to test some software in different mode. I was able to make backups so if I made a mistake I could go back to a restore point with out having to rebuilding.

What do you dislike?

Help documents was bit confusing. I wish there was a real manual on the networking part. They should use more screen shots. But what can you do its a free product.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Test and use you can't go wrong. Anyone can use this product. Its really helpful and easy to setup.,

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It help me test an old PBX software that was working on a Windows 7 or Win10 machine. It allowed me to test and not worry about messing up the real machine.

VirtualBox review by daniel b.
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"The best Workstation software virtualization"

What do you like best?

Virtualbox is a great desktop virtualization software, you can create all the workstations with very easily if no zero configuration (but also is highly customizable). It just run faster and smoother, the file size is very low compared with other softwares like vmware for example, the installation is super easy, the performance, The remote file sharing is a pleause and the best is the integration with the host OS, is just very great.

Cross platform user experience remains the same, it doesn't need any special configuration, it just works and it works great, you don't need any special configuration it's a ready to run enviroment with great features. I love the built in rdp also we can install a manage a virtualbox image on ssh, that makes him a must try product

What do you dislike?

The thing that i might dislike is the portability, i think Virtualbox has a debt here, and also is made for desktop not for servers, it works great at desktop, but it has some debt when server is the thing. Also another this is that creating NAT rules is a bit cumbersome, It have some issues when sending files, and bridget connection requires a bit more effort, so we can conclude that networking is not good,

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you don't need a gui just combine virtualbox with vagrant and your work will be even more easily

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I need few local sandboxes enviroments to work, so my first choice is vagrant combined with virtualbox, and it 's just great, i have my RoR enviroment, my laravel enviroment my cakephp enviroment and it's all personalized and ready to run, my humble recomendation is that if you need a workstation software for virtualization, just choose virtualbox as your first choice and you can be sure you won't regret.

VirtualBox review by Bonnie L.
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"Great for testing on windows"

What do you like best?

I used this in school and at work. It' does its job like it's supossed to just like a normal computer and you can download all kind of OS on it!

What do you dislike?

It's pretty heavy on the computer so I try to not open it when I'm using a lot of programs. It's slow as well.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use it for QA test on different OS. This works great, you don't have to buy like 20 different computers just to test

VirtualBox review by User in Telecommunications
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"Easy to use VM manager or Hypervisor"

What do you like best?

I like the way we can launch new virtual machines with any guest OS of choice like ubuntu, centos, windows, etc. I also like the ease with which we can choose the network type - like wireless or ethernet or local network.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes when the VMs do not launch, the errors shown are not very informative. In such cases the only option would be to destroy the VM and re-create.

Recommendations to others considering the product

good hypervisor to use for creating virtual machines and learning. Easy method to have multiple operating systems on same box.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use virtualbox to create VMs to use them as Ansible server - a repository of Ansible playbooks and run those playbooks on the network elements. Initially getting a Linux server to host playbooks was a challenge as that server needed internet and also should have access to the network elements. VMs based out of virtualbox helped me achieve both

VirtualBox review by User in Government Administration
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"Best Free Virtual Machine Manager"

What do you like best?

What I like best about Oracle VirtualBox is that it is free and offers decent capabilities. The ability to port virtual machines in different formats is great in addition to taking virtual machine snap shots. Networking, USB and local file system access are easy and intuitive. The ability to install different operating systems is also easy to do and configure. The ability to do drag and drop between guest and host operating systems is easy.

What do you dislike?

What I dislike about Oracle VirtualBox is that it lacks some feature rich capabilities; however, for basic virtual machine management, Oracle VirtualBox will get the job done. It would be nice if additional features could be incorporated into future releases such as greater support for operating systems and advanced networking capabilities across different operating systems.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are just looking for basic virtual machine capabilities without any advanced features, Oracle VirtualBox will definitely get the job done. Support is somewhat limited, but support forums can help you get the information that you need.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The business problems we are trying to solve with Oracle VirtualBox are software and application testing in addition to malware analysis. Oracle VirtualBox allows you to achieve each of these objectives in a testing environment with the ability to take snap shots, duplicate virtual machines and roll back changes. There are some capability issues with some OSes, but overall, this product works great especially since it is free.

VirtualBox review by Matthew C.
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"Never Use Local Software Again"

What do you like best?

It's the best way to have a disposable environment that more closely inline with a server environment.

What do you dislike?

I'm not a server admin so it can be difficult to debug issues on the server level when they arise.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are using a local stack such as MAMP or WAMP, do yourself a favor and switch to something else using a VirtualBox backend. I started with Vagrant which changes their syntax too much. Then Docker was a company standard until we just recently switched to Docksal. All were good and improved on the previous. What they all had in common was the use of VirtualBox.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Having local environments that I can spin up in minutes without much of any local config on my computer. When everything is going smoothly, there's no better way to efficiently develop.

VirtualBox review by Derek R.
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"Virtualization that is easy, performs well, and is robust."

What do you like best?

VirtualBox is extremely easy to use, even for people new to virtualization. The fact that it has a GUI (unlike QEMU, which I also reviewed), makes it so much easier to use than some other far less attractive emulation and virtualization platforms without GUI's.

Besides ease of use, VirtualBox works great on many host systems, including but not limited to, Windows, Mac, and Linux. That's important for many people that work in multiple environments.

VirtualBox supports many forms of disk images and hard drive images. This is important because, unlike other solutions, this means you can start using VirtualBox even if you have already used another solution in that past. This mostly applies to VMWare users, but other solutions as well.

VirtualBox is open-source! This also means that VirtualBox can use other projects code (OpenFirmware, OpenBIOS, Bochs, MS-DOS Player, DOSBox, QEMU, MAME/MESS, etc) along with it's own custom code. QEMU is similar, except again that QEMU doesn't have a GUI.

What do you dislike?

I have noticed that VirtualBox has fairly limited support for Mac OS X. This is somewhat common among emulators and virtualization software. Mac OS X is noticeably difficult to get running in virtual machines. Apple has tried very hard to make it harder in the past as well.

However, Mac OS X support on VirtualBox seems to be somewhat lacking regardless. Even when it does work, I feel like Mac VM's are way slower than they need to be, even though I have 16GB of RAM, an SSD, and a pretty good CPU and GPU.

3D and 2D graphics acceleration seem to be lacking sometimes too, but then again that has always been a problem for virtualization. 3D acceleration is noticeably worse than 2D, but again that is somewhat standard when it comes to virtualization. Virtualization isn't commonly used for 3D applications anyway.

For the most part, that's really it. It's a bit of a nit-pick, even so. I can see VirtualBox fixing most of the problems with Mac OS X and graphics acceleration in the future, and that's the really great thing with VirtualBox! The fact that it's open-source makes it easy to fix most of these problems once you have the solution.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I think if you are going to start using VirtualBox, you need to have at least some experience with computers. Other than that, VirtualBox makes it super easy for beginners to start using VirtualBox right away.

VirtualBox was my first virtualization software, and I am so glad I started here. First of all, it's free and open-source. But also, it's super easy to use, has great performance on all platforms, and just works right out of the box.

It has great support for disk and hard drive images created by other applications, it has great support for guest and host operating systems, and it has support for some rather interesting formats, like floppy disks and USB drives.

I can't really say enough good things about the software, so I will just say as long as you have used a computer before, you are ready to start using VirtualBox.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Most of the problems that are solved with this involve VirtualBox being so easy to use for everybody, not just hackers or programmer.

It's easy to tell somebody how to fire up a virtual machine in a few easy steps using the wizard they provide.

Another thing that helps solve problems is that VirtualBox supports VMWare images, and generic disk images and hard drive images. This means you can deploy a VM used in VMWare on one machine, and then deploy it on another machine. Or you can use Hyper-V to setup Windows 10, then deploy it on another machine.

The use cases are tremendous, and have saved me loads of time. This includes OS testing, web browser testing, research and development, and much more.

VirtualBox review by Oscar M.
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"Virtual Box - Impressive!"

What do you like best?

I really love the way this works, we use this software to test VM in linux environments into backup-devices, the way we can handle VMs, take snapshots as proof of virtualization works is such great as the way and fast that a virtualization goes through.

Impressive, magnificent, is the way we get virtualized whole machines within few minutes.

What do you dislike?

The only think wee must to keep an eye over is the to keep up to date the version, if not it could show up some problems, but not usually we only need check once a month if there are new releases or if need to be handled prior a virtualization or test of machines.

Recommendations to others considering the product

No too many honestly, virtual box is incredible, need few maintenance, works expedit and is such great.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use Datto systems to create backups, and install Virtual Box to make the backup tests, verifying if w're able to virtualize machines prior get problems. Must to admit I never saw a such expedite virtualization, process goes smooth, give me quick access to the whole system, virtual machine is completely configured and ready to be joined to network or reconfigured as the real machine ( in case the HW has been die)

VirtualBox review by User
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"Virtual Box is Awesome"

What do you like best?

It's so, so easy to use! My work uses a help desk ticketing system that doesn't work on Macs, which is what I use. Virtual box allows me to log into a windows enviornment so I can access that software on my Mac.

What do you dislike?

It could be a little faster when starting up but they very well be because of our slow internet connection.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Since my department uses Macs and our help desk ticketing system only works on Windows machines, it allows us to remotely log into a Windows enviornment so we can access that software.

VirtualBox review by Corey O.
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"Overall excellent but questionable future"

What do you like best?

My favorite aspect is the command line interface. This is a deceptively powerful interface to VirtualBox. While not the easiest interface, the command line is complete. I am able to manage virtual machines using a consistent interface on all my developer systems. This interface has enabled a number of automation tools that simplify managing virtual machines.

For instance, vagrant is a powerful configuration system for virtual machines. Arguably, this software could not of been popularized without VirtualBox. That was the key to enabling everybody, regardless of platform, to easily use vagrant to manage development systems.

What do you dislike?

Support of the community edition is questionable. The support site for this open source project compares poorly to those hosted on github.

The future of VirtualBox is also questionable. Is Oracle going to continue supporting development of VirtualBox? Is Oracle going to fork VirtualBox to create a closed source variant? Even with a commercial license I'm hesitant to build products that deeply integrate with VirtualBox.

Recommendations to others considering the product

VirtualBox is effectively free to try.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The usual business problem VirtualBox solves is: Creation and management of virtual machines for developers. In this regard VirtualBox excels. Sharing developer VMs and knowing that a developer can utilize the VM regardless of their chosen platform has simplified ramping up developers.

VirtualBox review by Andrew P.
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"A great free product, ideal for development and testing"

What do you like best?

Virtualbox is a great, free for personal use, virtualization software.

Some of my favorite features include:

-Easy to install

-Works under Windows

-Under active development and with new features

-Works great with Vagrant for managing and automating development environments.

-Headless mode - great for my Linux development work.

What do you dislike?

While Virtualbox is often advertised as free, the Extension Pack (USB 2 and 3, RDP, and some other features) is licensed for Personal and Evaluation Use only, without purchasing a commercial license from Oracle. That said I have never made use of any of the Extension Pack features.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I primarily use Virtualbox in conjunction with Vagrant for Linux development environments for while it's Headless mode is ideal. With Vagrant I can quickly deploy new environments, configurations, and even Linux distribution quickly and effectively. This makes it much easier to diagnose and confirm behavior of both software and configurations in a time effective and reproducible manner. If you are not already using Vagrant, you should try it out.

Virtualbox is also an ideal platform for individuals new to Linux to easily get started using their existing computer.

VirtualBox review by Jean R.
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"An awesome free alternative to VMWare"

What do you like best?

It is a very complete, easy to use, yet free virtualization solution. Supports all the OS I've ever wanted it to.

Also, it's great to be able to share whole VMs as is with others.

Quite impressed by the ability to pause and resume VMs as well, without the guest OS noticing anything about it (great for pausing long builds).

What do you dislike?

The CLI syntax is prone to frequent changes, which makes it a pain to automate (though that's less and less true now that Vagrant is doing that for us). Also, would be great to have a manpage for VBoxManage.

Recommendations to others considering the product

VirtualBox makes most sense when used together with state-of-the-art devops tools, such as Vagrant, plus an automation software (Chef, Ansible...)

Not sure there's still any reason to use VirtualBox the Old Way (i.e. building your VM from scratch manually) at this point.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The fact that it's free makes it really easy to convince management to use it, in combination with Vagrant and Chef, to build an automated virtualized development environment for everyone. The benefits of that should be obvious: dev machines are sandboxed, cheap to tear down and rebuild, very close to production ones, makes it easy to onboard new devs...

VirtualBox review by Scott T.
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"VirtualBox does a great job, especially for the price!"

What do you like best?

The best thing about VirtualBox is the price and the functionality the product provides. I like that it's free, and it works with Vagrant. I also like that I can virtualize just about any environment I can think of on my desktop. This is great for R&D projects where you want o experiment with a technology before you decide you definitely want it. There's fairly decent documentation for the product at their website, and the user community seems to answer questions posted there.

What do you dislike?

I happen to be using VirtualBox for virtualizing Mac OS X development environments. It's definitely more difficult to setup a Mac OS X VM with VirtualBox, but if you do a bit of digging around, you'll find it's possible.

One of the disadvantages of VirtualBox is that it does not support virtual CPU's when running Mac OS X. Competitors VMWare Pro and Parallels Desktop Pro have the ability to do this and provide Vagrant support. I have not had a chance to test the same setup with either of these VM's to see if they provide better support or performance for my needs.

Recommendations to others considering the product

For Mac OS X VM's, it's easier to construct VM's using Parallels or VMWare. There's a good writeup on github about how to create a bootable iso disk for Yosemite. See https://github.com/geerlingguy/mac-osx-virtualbox-vm

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

At this point in time I am using VirtualBox with Vagrant to be able to instantiate different development environments. This then allows me to checkout code, and build using particular OS and Xcode combinations, without affecting any other environment. It provides a clean way for producing distribution builds of our applications, and means we don't have to dedicate actual hardware to this task.

VirtualBox review by Christopher M.
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"VirtualBox has earned my loyalty"

What do you like best?

VirtualBox is multi-platform, allowing me to use the same virtualized disk image from either Mac, Windows or Linux. Regular updates keep the platform stable, secure, and performant.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes the high frequency of their updates creates incompatibilities with another tool that I use, Vagrant, which requires me to update both if I update one of them. Generally though this only an inconvenience once in a while.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are not already familiar, I recommend checking out Vagrant as it is an excellent tool that compliments VirtualBoxes functionality. Using VirtualBox, Vagrant and Ansible I am able to create repeatable virtualized environments without having to store several different disk images for each environment on my local drive.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

As a software engineer, getting my development environment as close to the same configuration as our production servers helps me minimize situations where my work functions properly on my local environment but breaks on production. VirtualBox helps me maintain a higher level of quality for my work because I can use my operating system and development tools of choice while testing on a production like configuration.

Now that I work for a vendor, VirtualBox makes it easier to test multiple environment configurations to verify our software works on the most popular configurations used by our customers.

VirtualBox review by User in Information Technology and Services
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"A computer in a computer"

What do you like best?

It's free and simple to use if you have some technical background. It's great for testing software in a sand boxed environment. You can set it up in minutes and easily keep backups of different system images. You can test software for different operating systems very quickly. The app is still actively updated and maintained and bug fixes and performance improvements keep coming.

What do you dislike?

It's not as simple to use or have as much app within a window integration like VMware, but for the value it gets the job done. Graphics emulation, especially for 3d performance could be improved. If there could be

Recommendations to others considering the product

For a free virtualization solution it's hard to go wrong. For quick testing it gets the job done. If you need some exotic operating system combination then pay for something like VMware but otherwise VirtualBox should satisfy most user needs.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I'm able to test software across a wide range of operating systems all within my own single system. I can easily test different configurations without having to affect my main system. Browser testing in different software is very important these days with web applications, so having something like Virtualbox helps make that process easier.

VirtualBox review by Alex P.
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"A very handy tool for creating disposable development enviroment."

What do you like best?

- The fact that you can very easily manage VMs via the CLI (Headless mode)

- The wide variety of supported Operating Systems

- The great integration with tools like Vagrant

- The portability of the VMs

What do you dislike?

- There's definitely some room for improvement at the GUI level.

- On Windows, there are certains parts of the VirtualBox software which interfere with the network-related functionality of the hos OS (Intel Wireless Display)

- The update procedure for VirtualBox tools could be a bit more seamless.

- The online documentation should be structured in such a way that everything is easier to look for.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Before trying to find issues with virtualbox, try to grasp the documentation/usage instructions as well as you can

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

- Setting up portable, easily discardable development environments ( Along with vagrant)

- Easily emulated whole MicroServices oriented arhitectures and other complex setups

VirtualBox review by Adrián A.
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"Best Visualization Tool"

What do you like best?

VirtualBox is extremely rich on features. Also what really makes it good is that it is a high performance multi-platform and open source software that can be used at home or at enterprises as well.

What do you dislike?

It has not drag-and-drop between host and guest desktops. No automatic support for host-machine's printers. Shared folders are complicated to set up. You'll need to look for add-ons to make it work as you would like.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Oracle's VirtualBox is a powerful, free, and open-source visualization tool, but you'll have a hard time configuring it and making it work for you.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It can be used as a great tool to test software, patches, or even operative system before implementing them. One notable VirtualBox strength is the prompt on any virtual machine's startup screen to press F12 to choose a boot device, which is really useful.

VirtualBox review by Jesse D.
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"Good free OS virtualization, but had some problems"

What do you like best?

It's easy to set up and configure a new VM. If you choose the correct disk format, you can resize the disk later if you start to run out of space in the VM.

What do you dislike?

We had some problems getting host-only networking set up. We've additionally had frequent crashes (blue screens) when running in a Windows 10 host environment.

Recommendations to others considering the product

VirtualBox includes command-line tools that can do a lot more than you can do with the GUI. Be sure to check them out.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Our graphic designers are required to use Windows for their experience, but they need access to the code environment, which is set up to only run in Linux. Virtualbox allows them to check out and modify the code while being able to simultaneously use their Windows environment for applications like Photoshop.

VirtualBox review by Consultant in Computer Software
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"VirtualBox is the best VM software"

What do you like best?

It is an open source and offer for free but contains of feature as same as paid product. What I love most are it is require a small size of ram and disk if compare to other VM product.

What do you dislike?

I have nothing mention for dislike point.

Recommendations to others considering the product

VirtualBox is opensource product so you no need to worries about cost but features of product as same as paid one

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I do love software implementation and I need so many os and configuration. By using VirtualBox, It is very easy to create multiple os on my local using VM

VirtualBox review by Timothy S.
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"Gold standard for desktop testing with the best possible pricetag"

What do you like best?

Virtualbox continues to deliver exactly what I need, which is dirt simple virtualization for OS X. It does everything you need to interact with testing tools like Vagrant and Test Kitchen for rapid development. The development also seems to occur at a pretty fast pace, with fixes and new functionality shipping just about every month.

What do you dislike?

The only real issues I've run into with Virtualbox is the lack of support for nested virtualization. This is only a problem if you want to run VMs on your VMs. If that's not your use case there's no need to shell out for something like VMware Fusion that can do this.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use Virtualbox with Test Kitchen to test Chef code before shipping and it's amazing at helping me track down odd bugs.

VirtualBox review by User in Medical Devices
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"Good enough for regular virtual machine users"

What do you like best?

Vagrant + VirtualBox is perfect for me. I use AWS in the day for my working, use vagrant + virtualbox at night for my side projects. It is a really good way for me to save my AWS bills for my side projects. also, if you get any problems, you are going to find a huge amount of answers from the online blogs.

What do you dislike?

occasionally, some annoying bugs destroy the fun. but the virtualbox team develops updates quickly.

Recommendations to others considering the product

vmware and virtualbox, you must know both of them. But you don't have to be a vmware or virtualbox expert, since Vagrant will help you hide the details of the different virtual machines under it.

So,

a good strategy = basic vmware knowledge + basic virtualbox knowledge + expert vagrant knowledge.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It's really good for sharing the code and environment with my friends for our side projects. They use different platforms, such as Windows, Linux and Mac, but all of them are using vagrant + virtualbox, making sharing code in a convenient way.

VirtualBox review by Rod M.
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"What was previously archaic and unintuitive is now awesome"

What do you like best?

Oracle has clearly put a lot of work into this product. It supports VHDX and is much more intuitive than before. And hard to beat free.

What do you dislike?

Doesn't seem to have the Enterprise level toolset that VMware has.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Easy off the shelf product which is a strong contender against VMware.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This product solves the heavy overhead that a full blown Desktop has by allowing quick creation and snapshots of VMs. Great development tool.

VirtualBox review by Jose Adan O.
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"Virtualization for everyone in town."

What do you like best?

What easy is to deploy a virtual machine with Virtual Box.

What do you dislike?

Process to install Virtual Box Tools in Linux environments.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you need an easy to deploy desktop virtualization solution, Virtual Box can help you very well.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

As a web developer i need a tool to sandbox different environments.

VirtualBox review by Rúben G.
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"Awesome virtualization software"

What do you like best?

The best thing about VirtualBox is that is free and very intuitive. You can easily manage your virtual machines give them more/less RAM more disk space or more CPU.

What do you dislike?

I think the only worst thing about this software, is that he got a worst performance against for example VMware (but VMware is a payed software).

Recommendations to others considering the product

Is a good solution, to try a virtual machine, but if you need a permanent solution a recommend using a paid solution.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I used to test this software to test and implment Linux/GNU distros and FreeBSD solutions like Pfsense (for firewalls). All this in a school environment.

VirtualBox review by User in Accounting
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"A superior opensource alternative to VMware Player "

What do you like best?

It opensource nature, multi platform support (both host and guest), and that it has a large user base together with an active team of developers. Updates and new features appear relatively quickly. Opensource nature allows me to use this software freely.

What do you dislike?

Certain extended features are only available under the PUEL (Personal Use and Evaluation License). For a small business to rightly use these extended features, it requires a license which has a minimum purchase quantity.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Very expensive for a small deployment (1-5 users) which requires use of the extension pack that is licensed under PUEL. Great for using at home (non-commercial use).

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Virtualization and optimization of hardware resources. Segregation of environments when performing testing and evaluation of software. Ability to run multiple environments (Windows, Linux) on a single box without having to reboot.

VirtualBox review by Marco I.
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"Best free and open source solution for virtualization"

What do you like best?

It is free, under GNU General Public License (GPL) version 2 license, and easy to use over multiple platform.

What do you dislike?

Not so easy troubleshooting and network configuration.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We can create virtual environment in a easy way and distribute it across people for testing and development purpose.

VirtualBox review by George G.
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"User friendly, full-featured, reliable and fast"

What do you like best?

VirtualBox supports most OS's. The VritualBox additions significantly help with user experience. Another benefit in user experience is the administration panel where I can have an overview of my VM's.

What do you dislike?

Supporting of some OS's is poor, especially some Linux distributions. It also has limited support for different processor architectures.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Take some time to research the key features that you need in your multi-OS development flow. Setup virtual appliances that use these features and store them as reference for all the developers and testers through your organization.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Having to test consumer software in many different OS's is a painful task. Having Virtual Appliances that are customized by the developer for testing solves a big part of the problem.

VirtualBox review by User in Computer Software
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"Very useful and versatile tool for your virtualisation needs"

What do you like best?

VirtualBox is especially useful for my needs because it allows me to quickly load ISO images and deploy a virtual machine, without needing to put in a CD, DVD, or other media. It also has a very easy-to-use interface and works well with other virtualisation tools such as Vagrant.

VirtualBox is also much faster than other tools such as QEMU or libvirt's KVM virtualisation in virtualising non-Linux boxes or other heavier distros.

What do you dislike?

VirtualBox has a rather large footprint, and leaves many processes running even when VirtualBox itself is closed. If it would be possible to disable some of these processes and remove the need for a kernel module on Linux, VirtualBox would be the perfect tool.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Remember to make tweaks to your system such as installing the VBox kernel module to avoid causing issues in the future such as kernel panics whenever Virtualbox may misbehave.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Oftentimes, I will need to run a large application, which requires many dependencies and a very specific setup process. In these cases, using Vagrant and VirtualBox reduces the need to pollute my system and VirtualBox makes the VMs easy to manage and delete in case I need to.

VirtualBox review by Administrator in Computer & Network Security
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"Very useful but sometimes slow and buggy compared to vmware"

What do you like best?

I use Virtual Box Primarily for testing new images / adding new applications before deploying them to workstations with the correct drivers.

I also have used Virtual Box for creating OVA images for cloud hosting / sharing images with other peers.

Snapshotting is a feature that has saved my behind multiple times, I also really value the fact the software is open.

What do you dislike?

For the most part the software is fantastic to use and achieves all my goals without many problems.

However for some OS's {Namely Windows Boxes} I can run into issues with the software using up more resources and running much slower compared to vmware.

The lacking feature of automatically installing OS'es like in vmware is also a feature that would really be valued in Virtual Box.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Give it a try before purchasing any other similar solutions, it very well may surprise you - and its free and open source, what can go wrong?

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Virtulised our web server and

VirtualBox review by User in Computer Software
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"Oracle VirtualBox: A free VM runner that (mostly) works"

What do you like best?

VirtualBox is software for doers. With its price of $0.00, it's a great solution for any freelancer or start-up that needs to run multiple operating systems on the same physical machine. It also supports disk images in multiple formats, in case you want to transition to a different virtualization solution or need to use them in together for some reason.

What do you dislike?

Although easy to set up and use, it does fall short on a few aspects. You will most likely need to do a fair bit of reading if you plan to do something more complex than simply running some platform-specific software. Also, it's a bit slower than other VM solutions, but that was never a big problem for me personally.

Recommendations to others considering the product

VirtualBox is certainly worth a try. So far, there has been no issue that I couldn't tackle, although some have required quite a bit of reading. If your budget is limited but your use cases are simple or you don't mind doing a little research from time to time, I'd say VirtualBox is definitely for you.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I can run a small web-development process using a virtual machine as a server. Additionally, I can try out certain load balancing scenarios without the cost of renting machines in a cloud. It also allows me to try out software without bogging down my main system with multiple installs/uninstalls.

VirtualBox review by User in Information Technology and Services
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"VirtualBox - A handy tool for Testing OS Images and Development"

What do you like best?

I have been using Virtualbox for many years now. It is my goto platform to try out any new Linux distro or test any new OS Image. Apart from that I is also useful for people who work on Windows and need a secure environment to work in Linux. Even for Mac users virtualbox is the best option for installing other guest OS and using it.

The key advantages of Virtualbox are as given below:

1. Its free and hence is a very attractive option for starters.

2. Its available for many platforms with a very good support community and documentation

3. Easy availability of Virtualbox images over the web which helps in getting these images quickly and using them for testing or other purposes quickly.

4. It is very portable also there are portable versions where you will not have to install it and still can use it.

5. Its integration with docker and vagrant makes it a very important tool for developers who want to provision their custom environment across any OS and do development or unit testing.

What do you dislike?

The only limitation of Virtualbox is that it is only useful for personal use. This platform can not be used for large scale Virtual Server deployment or provisioning how ever with the combination of Virtualbox and docker this issue can be addressed where after development a Docker image can be created and shared with other docker compatible VDI or cloud providers.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Yes I will recommend others to use VirtualBox as a personal VDI solution for development, testing and for personal use.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Its primarily helpful

- in Development to have a same development environment throughout

-Testing any x86 compatible OS image

- Distributing standard images across enterprise for development, testing and usage

- As a power user to use other guest OSes on your host platform.

VirtualBox review by Administrator in Computer Networking
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"Effective, cross-platform product; integration more difficult than it needs to be"

What do you like best?

Effective virtualization well-supported across a wide array of host platforms. Robust command-line interface; and bleeding-edge features such as USB3 passthrough available when licensing the optional, commercial addon pack (also available free-of-charge for personal use).

Headless mode works well, and is amenable to process supervision and like automation.

What do you dislike?

Commercial licensing price not clearly published; PUEL terms have changed over time (formerly allowed commercial use if not supported by corporate IT and installed by same team member making use).

Automation API is a COM interface. Outside of Windows as a host platform, this is a... very unusual choice. This is mitigated, these days, by availability of a libvirt driver for VirtualBox.

Command-line usage and XML file format details sometimes change between releases without much notice.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If a cross-platform solution is of highest priority, I strongly suggest VirtualBox. If only hosting on Linux, I might consider qemu/kvm instead.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use VirtualBox to run VMs that offer mission-critical services to clients. Having identical behavior across OS X, Linux and Windows as host platforms means we're comfortably able to decouple our production environment from development.

VirtualBox review by Isaac M.
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"Running Windows on my Mac"

What do you like best?

This application does a great job of allowing me to run Windows 10 on my Macbook Pro. The setup process was simple and I have not have had any issues.

What do you dislike?

The user interface is outdated, but it is not terrible.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is a great option for running multiple operating systems at once.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am able to build Crystal Reports for my clients on my Macbook because I am able to run the Windows operating system.

VirtualBox review by Daniel A.
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"When open source improve some expensive tools"

What do you like best?

The ease of creating, importing, and managing your virtual machines

What do you dislike?

The intensive use of memory from your system.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you want an open source software to work with Virtual Machines, this is your tool!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Emulating servers to work in a closed environment (to be able to use the software without internet connection)

VirtualBox review by Felipe C.
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"The best tool to start with virtualization"

What do you like best?

VirtualBox is easy to use, multi platform and very stable. There are plenty of integrations with it, like vagrant and docker. For developers, it is a must have tool in your toolset.

What do you dislike?

The support for VHD format, from Microsoft is not well documented, if supported.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This definitly the right choice for local virtualization. And it doesn't stop there. You can integrate it with cloud and do a lot more.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I'm a developer and I have used it to solve compatibility problems, from configuration management, user acceptance tests and local development. This tool give me the ability to make development easier, testing amazing and turned my life so good.

VirtualBox review by User
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"Development on different envirronment"

What do you like best?

I use it on a development envirronment to have many system on a same machine to develop on a different operting system and it's very simple to create, start and use a different O.S.

What do you dislike?

Noting to dislay the only think could be some difficult to convert the machine for vmWare

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It permits to me to have many dfferent machine/envirnment on the same PC, to develop, for example on a different OS or different customer envirronment.

VirtualBox review by Administrator in Internet
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"Easiest virtualization tool which helped me learn the concepts of cloud computing as a beginner"

What do you like best?

I think a user who knows nothing about virtual machines and cloud computing can also use this tool to get the benefits of virtualization. As a beginner I learnt the concepts of cloud by working on Virtual Box and that helped me arouse an interest in this field. Also the software download size is very small around 20 MB which makes it very easy to install and retain. Remote file sharing feature is awesome.

What do you dislike?

I think the User Interface of Virtual Box can be made better and it has room for improvement. Also the uniformity of performance over 32bit and 64 bit VMs can be improved. Also on Windows guests, a process lauched via the guest control execute support will not be able to display a graphical user interface unless the user account under which it is running is currently logged in and has a desktop session.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Yes of course..it is very handy and user friendly. I started as a beginner in cloud computing and became an expert after using virtualbox. Excellent product

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am using Virtual box to create VMs for different employees in my business and each employee is given access to VM. Solves the problem of scaling up new hardware resources and provides the business flexibility and elasticity.

VirtualBox review by Srinivas G.
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"Simple, easy and efficient "

What do you like best?

Can have the software on any hardware or Operating systems that I use.

Simplicity

Great UI

Consistent feature set.

What do you dislike?

I sometime find issues on upgrading the product.

Life would be easy without USB extensions

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you want an easy, flexible and consistent visualization environment independent of the base Operating system you use then go for VirtualBox

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use in on daily basis to spawn VMs.

Mostly to setup my dev environment.

I build my demos as virtual box appliance, hence its easy for me to promote the base demo environment.

VirtualBox review by Muhammet E.
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"Setting up Virtual Computers with Virtual Box is Great!"

What do you like best?

I'm using Virtual Box on my MAC. The user interface and wide range of customizable settings are grate when configuring a machine.

What do you dislike?

For beginners configurations is somewhat hard. There needs to be documentation or explanation for important configurations when you download the Virtual Box.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I've worked with virtual box on my personal projects and I also I have used it one of my universitys' projects. There is a great support out there for virtual box and ready tools like Laravel Homestead makes the configuration pretty easy.

VirtualBox review by Daniele S.
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"Virtual machine like a charm"

What do you like best?

Easy to install and maintain during the time with a lot of scripting opportunity

What do you dislike?

On debian repository often is not on sync with vagrant release support

Recommendations to others considering the product

Supports a lot of format for virtual machines so check the type of image you want to use

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Running on dev machines a vm to work daily based on our needs

VirtualBox review by Christopher N.
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"VirtualBox powers my devops experience"

What do you like best?

Virtualbox is free software. It has a trusted and long record of being stable, and actively maintained software.

What do you dislike?

Really the only thing I can think of is that there is no auto-update mechanism. When a new version comes out, the UI will inform me, but I have to download and apply the update manually. Again, a very minor drawback.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

As someone who works in DevOps, it's important to realize that some of the most important tools being developed support Virtualbox:

Vagrant

Docker-machine

Kubernetes

etc.

VirtualBox review by Kristian K.
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"Used VBox for testing Windows Desktop Applications"

What do you like best?

Super easy to install.

Super easy to get started.

Great commandline tools

What do you dislike?

I really miss a REST API for remote admin, as a complement to the command line tools.

Recommendations to others considering the product

VirtualBox as an open source project, makes easy to get help online. It has solved a lot of issues for me in quickly fashion.

Also, it scales economically.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Testing. Test automation. Using virtual machines with snapshots, made it easy to get an instance up running in a defined and know state.

VirtualBox review by andre h.
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"Virtual Box Review "

What do you like best?

This is perfect for setting up text environment when you have limited physical resources.

What do you dislike?

The application tends to use a lot of system resources

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use this for setting up virtual servers or workstations when testing cases or test labs

VirtualBox review by Robin K.
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"Virtualbox is a solid general-purpose VM host"

What do you like best?

Virtualbox is available across many platforms, allowing me to use the same images where I'm on Windows, OSX, or Linux

What do you dislike?

Without a plugin installed on the client OS, I can't even paste simple text into the VM, meaning I always have to use SSH to provision Linux server instances.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you're running a client OS that doesn't support plugins, make sure you can SSH into it right after installation.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Cross platform testing and compilation

VirtualBox review by Ray H.
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"VirtualBox is nothing less than awesome!"

What do you like best?

Ease of use - command line interface AND Slick GUI AND it runs fast!

What do you dislike?

I want VirtualBox to work like OpenStack but this is not the case, yet.

Recommendations to others considering the product

VirtualBox works best with Vagrant! Start using it today!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

VirtualBox is great for software developers. All it takes is a low-cost low-power Mac Mini and then I am able to cruise through my development tasks via a command line and SSH.

VirtualBox review by Eldio S.
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"VirtualBox for development environment"

What do you like best?

A free virtualization tool with support for x86 and x86-64 systems.

What do you dislike?

Some features do not work without installing the VirtualBox Guest Tools in the virtual machine.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's a free alternados to VMWare if you do not need a production environment.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use VirtualBox to create different software development environments to reproduce the production environment for many applications during the development phase.

VirtualBox review by Mike W.
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"VirtualBox"

What do you like best?

It's easy to load images and test without having to build out an environment.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes the virtual ethernet interfaces don't work and there isn't any real warning or indication of what is wrong. Just that the machine won't come up completely

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It allows me to pre-test images of our software without having to have a server running somewhere.

VirtualBox review by Emile S.
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"One of my primary day to day tools for running virtual environments"

What do you like best?

I like that it is free software and a powerful tool in allowing me to use many different operating systems at once.

What do you dislike?

Have had issues where it hangs and takes up a lot of memory.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Virtual box is still the tool of choice when it comes to popular modern day software like Vagrant or Docker.

VirtualBox review by lei x.
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"bad api to call while developing a new software based on VirtualBox"

What do you like best?

It support many OSs(such as Linux, Unix<Solaris> and OSX), and the UI looks nice.

What do you dislike?

The poor API makes me mad, I have to call the 'vboxmanage' command line to do something, and be hard to get the result.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I used VirtualBox to build a container-liked product, run a small guest os and make it containerized.

VirtualBox review by Executive Sponsor in Oil & Energy
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"One of the best VM Apps"

What do you like best?

Easy to deploy and used and supporting multiple operating systems

What do you dislike?

It can be slow sometime when you have too many stuff running

Recommendations to others considering the product

Keep up the good work and keep supporting it

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Great for testing new apps running on a VM enviroment

VirtualBox review by Carlos G.
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"Muy buen software de virtualizacion"

What do you like best?

Permite emular multiples sistemas operativos con un rendimiento muy bueno

What do you dislike?

No se puede virtualizar maquinas con macos

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Permite tener disponibles varios sistemas operativos en la misma maquina y al mismo tiempo

VirtualBox review by User
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"Best virtualization program out there!"

What do you like best?

Very easy to create a virtual machine, and extremely powerful in configurations.

What do you dislike?

Working with external devices, like USBs, can be difficult at times.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Run multiple operating systems on a computer simultaneously. Test program on many different systems easily.

VirtualBox review by Administrator in Transportation/Trucking/Railroad
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"Free multi-platform virtualization"

What do you like best?

I can run virtualbox on anything from my Macbook to my Solaris x86 server. Commandline and api support are fantastic and allow easy scripting of common activities.

What do you dislike?

rdp console support and usb2 passthrough are closed source for-pay options for businesses (free for home use)

Recommendations to others considering the product

May not be as polished as Vmware workstation or Parallels but cross-platform support and low to no cost licensing is hard to beat.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Rapid prototyping and sandbox testing of new software and configurations

VirtualBox review by Rudolph O.
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"A simplified version to virtual computing."

What do you like best?

It's easy to use, easy to set up and not much is required.

What do you dislike?

Doesn't give you the ability to automatically install addons like fit to screen etc.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Virtual machine

VirtualBox review by User in Information Technology and Services
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"Free software to run Virtual Machines"

What do you like best?

Virtual box is free and available on various operating systems (Mac, windows, and linux). Virtual box works out of the box and is always reliable. The UX is intuitive.

What do you dislike?

Virtual box does not integrate into the OS the way parallels does on Mac.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is free and definitely worth a shot. Please make sure you allocate enough space and memory to your Virtual Machines.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Testing issues in multiple environments.

VirtualBox review by Andreo de Aguiar V.
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"VBox review"

What do you like best?

I like virtual box ease of use. With virtual box I have development environments that I need.

What do you dislike?

I don't like virtual box shared folders performance.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use Virtual box as my development environment.

VirtualBox review by Moe S.
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"Great tool but needs more work on seemlesly integrate to the host resources."

What do you like best?

Ease of use, frequent updatres, stability

What do you dislike?

Hard to configure access to host resources.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We do not have to waste time building machines from scratch every time they get corrupted.

VirtualBox review by User
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"Not perfect but close"

What do you like best?

Easy to install, runs on mac and linux and a good community. And its free.

What do you dislike?

I think the homepage and forum could use a new look. The design of the homepage and also of the application looks like some 90s stuff.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use the product to test our software on multiple Linux Distributions as well as I use the Software to deploy an Appliance of our Software.

VirtualBox review by Internal Consultant in Computer Software
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"Very useful"

What do you like best?

I like virtual box in ubuntu os and is very useful to test other functionalities in windows, android, tomcat.

What do you dislike?

It isn't easy to set an Network adapter, could be easier to the software set it automatic and also the vms are very heavy that causes impact between transfer data.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We install a database oracle in tomcat and use to consume an API REST in our web applications.

VirtualBox review by User
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"Easy to use"

What do you like best?

The simplicity that gives you to deploy virtual system on a workstation. We can test out program with any system/operating system but only using one physical system.

What do you dislike?

The competence is better in terms of support/comunity

Recommendations to others considering the product

Continue giving support to newer os appearing. You are in the right way.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Testing our products in lots of environments without having it physically

VirtualBox review by Diogo B.
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"Best virtualization tool in the market"

What do you like best?

Easy to use interface, stability and documentation.

What do you dislike?

Uncommon network problems that need virtual machine restart.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I need to run multiple operating systems in work, in different platforms, for development.

VirtualBox review by Ernad H.
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"Experienced user"

What do you like best?

Multiplatform application (mac, linux, windows host support)

Opensource

Developer workflow with vagrant

What do you dislike?

Usage of raw partitions in virtual machines (/dev/diskX)

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

- Running Windows applications

- vagrant developer worflow

VirtualBox review by Administrator in Information Technology and Services
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"Excellent virtualization features with equally-excellent user experience (UX)"

What do you like best?

Its freeware nature. This allows extensive testing without incurring in the prohibited costs attached to similar software.

What do you dislike?

It is a bit resource-intensive, which older systems are not able to handle properly.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure you always acquire the latest version. Particularly Windows 10 users must get the 5.0 version to fix LAN and bridging issues.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Deploying security-related devices such as sandboxes and development platforms.

VirtualBox review by User in Internet
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"Great"

What do you like best?

The most important things are that It's stable and it just works. I also like the fact that it's open source.

What do you dislike?

The overall UI could be improved (more like Parallels Desktop). Other then that there is nothing I dislike.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's stable and works great! No need to pay for Parallels Desktop.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Development environments and other virtual environments.

VirtualBox review by User in Information Technology and Services
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"Great tool for any professional who needs to run multiple operating systems"

What do you like best?

It's very straightforward to use. You can have a virtual machine running in less than a minute.

What do you dislike?

You need some serious disk space if you're going to have a lot of virtual machines

Recommendations to others considering the product

Go for it!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use OS X and VirtualBox allows me to quickly access the Windows based apps I need to support my customers.

VirtualBox review by Brian C.
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"Solid product for Virtual Machines"

What do you like best?

This allows me to setup quick virtual machines to run code or older software without affecting my actual environment

What do you dislike?

It can be fussy without messing with settings. Sometimes the settings are too low. Needs some knowledge of a PC.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Troubleshooting applications and various environments. Also using older software for support that requires IE7 environment.

VirtualBox review by Administrator in Information Technology and Services
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"A good virtualization tool"

What do you like best?

- It's free;

- It has support for processor specific instructions;

- Simple to use;

What do you dislike?

- The snapshots feature is confusing;

- Sharing folders and files is troublesome;

- Has some bugs on OSX

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you want a free virtualization tool, it's the best!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It's a great free solution to work with Windows tools on Mac.

VirtualBox review by User in Information Technology and Services
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