RemoteBox 1.4 has been released with VirtualBox 4.2.x support. RemoteBox allows you to administer an installation of VirtualBox residing on another machine such as a server, as if it was installed locally. You can also interact with the displays of the guests. This allows you to treat VirtualBox much more like an installation of Xen, KVM or VMware ESX.

Changes in RemoteBox 1.4:

  • This version primarily brings VirtualBox 4.2.x support and drops support for the VirtualBox 4.1.x branch.
  • Added the ability to hot-plug and hot-unplug CPUs from the guest whilst it is running. This requires setting the CPU hotplug option in the guest settings. You are advised to read the RemoteBox manual regarding this feature because support varies depending on the OS used in the guest.
  • Added support for creating QED QEMU hard disk images
  • Added support for creating QCOW QEMU hard disk images
  • Added the ability to attach physical CD/DVD drives to a guest
  • Added the ability to attach physical floppy drives to a guest
  • Improved guest session handlers and guest locking
  • Deleting a guest now deletes the associated screenshot icon (if any)
  • Increased the number of configurable network cards for a guest to 8 cards. The selected card is now chosen by a combobox rather than a tab.
  • Added additional keyboard entries which send keyboard sequences of the form ‘Alt-SysRq+x’, for example Alt-SysRq+F1. These were often used under very old UNIX flavours such as Dell UNIX, AT&T UNIX, ISC UNIX etc to switch between virtual terminals.
  • Added button to generate a new MAC address for a virtual network card when editing a guest’s settings
  • Fixed a minor bug where file permissions were being shown as decimal numbers in the remote file chooser, rather than the conventional octal.

Install RemoteBox 1.4 in Ubuntu 12.04 Precise.

  • 1. Hit Ctrl+Alt+T to launch a terminal, run this command to install the dependencies:

    sudo apt-get install libgtk2-perl libsoap-lite-perl rdesktop

  • 2. Download RemoteBox 1.4 from this page or using this command in terminal:

    wget http://remotebox.knobgoblin.org.uk/downloads/RemoteBox-1.4.tar.bz2

  • 3. Open file browser and navigate to the downloaded package. Extract the package. It should result a new directory called RemoteBox-1.4.
  • 4. Now go into the RemoteBox-1.4 folder and double click and select Run the remotebox executable.
  • 5. Right click remotebox icon on Unity Launcher and click “Lock to Launcher”.