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Access your Linux disks (ext4, xfs, ReiserFS, btrfs etc) from Windows

It’s been a while since I last had to run Windows on my laptop; back then I used Ext2 Installable File System For Windows to access data on my Linux-formated partitions.

In the meantime a few things have changed: Windows 7 and Ubuntu formating ext3 with a inode size of 256 – none of these are supported by ext3 ifs.

Ext2read supports Windows 7 (as well as ext4 and LVM2) but it’s more like a file browser and does not support assigning drive letters to Linux filesystems and since my /home is formatted with XFS it does not help me anyway.

Instead of going through reformatting the filesystems I wanted to access from Windows, I decided to build a virtual file server instead; that way I can access any filesystem type supported by Linux.

Software used: Windows 7, Virtualbox and Ubuntu (server edition)

This guide will work with other versions of Windows (and other OS’es as well), there are no ties to Virtualbox and the Linux version used can be anyone you like.

Running Windows applications natively and seamlessly on Linux with SeamlessRDP and Virtualbox or KVM

This guide will go through how to install Virtualbox or kvm and running applications inside a virtual Windows XP machine and display them seamlessly on your X-based desktop.

Sun releases xVM VirtualBox 2.1.4

Yesterday Sun released the second maintenance release for VirtualBox 2.1 See the Changelog for more details. Actually my Windows VM has been running smoothly since I upgraded to 2.1.2 but as usual there is a bunch of bugfixes in this release. Download it here.

Sun releases xVM Virtualbox 2.1.2

Sun has released xVM Virtualbox 2.1.2. The changelog shows a lot of improvements. I am especially delighted to see this entry NAT: fixed occasional crashes (bug #2709) this one bug has really been … bugging me since it made the virtual machine almost unusable. Also, this release adds official support for Windows 7. At least one defect remains. When running more than one Windows VM VirtualBox will die with the error message An active VM…

Sun releases xVM VirtualBox 2.1

On 17-12-2008 Sun released a new version of VirtualBox, version 2.1.0. Looking at the changelog there are some real significant improvements – these are the ones that make me able to ditch VMware Workstation completely: Support for 64-bit guests on 32-bit host operating systems Experimental 3D acceleration via OpenGL Full VMDK/VHD support including snapshots New Host Interface Networking implementations for Windows and Linux hosts with easier setup (replaces TUN/TAP on Linux and manual bridging on…

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