Thursday, June 17, 2010

clone a VDI Virtual Box image for using elsewhere

How robust is this procedure (found here)?
  1. Shut down the virtual machine you would like to copy
  2. In File > Virtualdiskmanager, select the virtual machine disk image you would like to copy, and press the Release button
  3. In a terminal window, issue following command (see virtualbox user manual):
    vboxmanage clonevdi /directory/image1.vdi /directory/image2.vdi
  4. In File > Virtualdiskmanager, add the new disk image you've created in step 3
  5. In the main virtualbox window, press the New button to create a new virtual machine, and link it to the new disk image you've created.

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