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    Convert Vmware Image to Virtualbox Image

    I want to use the VirtualBox for my further use in my Ubuntu 9.10 and I want to know the way from which I can able to Convert Vmware Image to Virtualbox Image. As Virtualbox is having x86 virtualization products for enterprise as well as home use, I want to use it. It is having many reach features, high performance and free version is available for the use of public. So, if there is any solution from which I can Convert Vmware Image to Virtualbox Image then please give me that.

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    Re: Convert Vmware Image to Virtualbox Image

    I don't know how to Convert Vmware Image to Virtualbox Image but I have a one command by using of which you can switch to Virfualbox from the vmware. If you want to do this, then you can use the command below:

    Code:
    VBoxManage convertfromraw --format vmdk --variant Standard /tmp/debian.vmdk debian.vdi
    After using this command you will move from VMware to VirtualBox, but your virtual disks would be preserved.

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    Re: Convert Vmware Image to Virtualbox Image

    As a Open Source Application VirtualBox also provide you the facility of running the VMs which are actually created by VMware by importing vmdk files as the use of steps below:

    1. Open you Virtual Box application.
    2. Click on File and then Virtual Disk Manager.
    3. Click on Add menu.
    4. Here you need to find and select the .vmdk file.
    5. Then click on ok.
    6. Now make new VMware file with the help of vmdk file which is added.
    7. Now restart the VMware.
    8. Done.

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    Re: Convert Vmware Image to Virtualbox Image

    I am also searching for the same thing as you. As Virtualbox is having Open source application and able to use it for free. I want to migrate to VirtualBox, but as I have many images which are in the VMware. So, Is there is any way from which I can convert my all of the vmware image files to the virtuabox image files? If you have any such kind of trick then please help me to get that.

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    Re: Convert Vmware Image to Virtualbox Image

    For converting Vmware Image to Virtualbox Image you need to use the qemu-img tool. It is quiet easy to use. After installation of this tool you can simply convert a VMWare Image to VirtualBox Image. For converting the VMWare image to Virtualbox consider following example.

    Convert the <filename>.vmdk to <filename>.bin
    Code:
    qemu-img convert <filename>.vmdk <filename>.bin
    Now use VBoxManage to get back image in native format which is virtualbox
    Code:
    VBoxManage convertdd <filename>.bin <filename>.vdi

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    Re: Convert Vmware Image to Virtualbox Image

    It is simple to Convert Vmware Image to Virtualbox Image. You need to use the steps below:
    • Start your Virtualbox application first.
    • Now in the menubar click on File and then on Virtual Media Manager.
    • Here you need to click on the “Add” button.
    • Go to the file of Vmwar which is of .vmdk format which you want to convert.
    • Click Open.
    • Verify you image and then click on Ok.
    • Now you need to make the new virtual machine profile by selecting your imported image for the storage.
    • Restart your virtual machine.
    • Done.

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