Converting from VMWare to Virtualbox

Yesterday I used Virtualbox for the first time, to create a Beowulf cluster.

Today, I am migrating my Ubuntu VM from VMWare Player to VirtualBox.

This is dead simple with a linux client:

  1. Copy your VMware image to your Virtualbox VM location
  2. Open up VirtualBox and go File->Virtual Media Manager
  3. Add the .vmdk file as a hard disk in the Virtual Media Manager
  4. Create a new VM, using the hard disk you copied as the disk.

That’s it! Could it be simplier? 🙂

For Windows, things are a bit more difficult. See this link for more details.