How To Speed Up Your Virtualbox VMs By Using the SATA Disk Controller

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How to switch to the SATA disk controller in Virtualbox without having to recreate your Virtualbox images. As of Virtualbox 3.2 the default disk controller is now the faster SATA controller rather than IDE. If you have setup your VMs using an older version you can follow these instructions for a nice little speed boost for your VMs! This article covers instructions for Windows, FreeBSD, and Linux guests.

Unix Based Time Machine-like Backups

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If you are interested in reproducing a backup scheme similar to Apple’s Time Machine on non OS X Linux/Unix machine, it is actually pretty easy to do so using a combination of rsync and cpio. You obviously won’t get the pretty space themed GUI, but you will get as many snapshots as you’d like using the same scheme used by Time Machine.