My virtualbox experiment is over and I have decided to go back to VMware. It is a shame but vbox just has too many ways to get itself tangled up and lacks the "management polish" that you get with vmware server.
That being said, there is still the problem that new versions of Firefox refuse to work with the remote console plugin and that is a show stopper. It forces me to keep Jaunty on my laptop just so I can get a console session when needed.
The good news is that I have just discovered a workaround for this problem.
Apparently, there is an undocumented* feature in vmware player that enables it to connect to a remote host!
I have long been wondering why such a feature was not available and now I find out it actually is! Yay!
Anyway, assuming you have installed vmware player, if you type the following at a shell prompt;
you will be presented with a dialog that looks like this;
Enter your server details (including the port which is 8333 by default)
Click OK and you will see a list of the guest machines on that host, like so;
Click on a host and open to create a remote console session and you are done!
I can't tell you how excited I am to discover this trick. Now I have no more reasons to avoid changing my main browser to Chrome.
I having been playing about and you can streamline the process by adding the host and login details to the command line.
vmplayer -h jupiter -u brettg -p mypassword
* It is not mentioned when you type
vmplayer --helpat the console.