To change an instance from VirtualBox to VMWare can be a cumbersome process. But it is as simple as convert disk file VDI to VMDK. If your PC is Windows, read and discover how to do it in a matter of minutes.
Virtual hard disk file types
- VMDK: o VirtualBox Machine Disk is the format used by VMWare and is compatible with its entire environment. Virtual Box supports this type of format without problem, therefore, it is the one indicated to work in either of the two ecosystems.
- VDI: Its acronym in English is VirtualBox Disk Image and it is the format used by the Oracle company for the Virtual Box program.
- QCOW: it is the format used for the QEMU program. Its acronym in English is QEMU Copy on Write. Another that is often used is QED or QEMU Enchanced Disk.
- VHD: it is the standard virtual hard disk format. The advantage of the Virtual Hard Disk is its versatility, since it supports almost any partition and supports several users for each operating system. It is often used frequently with Microsoft Virtual PC.
Convert a VDI file to VMDK
- Open the terminal or the system console: Enter the system console with the hot keys (Windows + R) and type CMD. Open the console in administrator mode.
- Write the path of the VirtualBox folder: Write the following line on the black screen: cd C: Program Files Oracle VirtualBox. Both the path and the letter of the disk partition may change depending on where the program folder is located.
- Clone current disk and reformat: Now type the command line VBoxManage clonehd Disk_name.dvi Disk_name.vmdk – format vmdk. Change Disk_Name to the actual name of the file you want to modify and press the Enter key.
Using VBox Commands
VBox commands have multiple utilities for manage virtual machines of VirtualBox by means of written orders. This is usually a great advantage when there are problems with the program’s graphical interface. The most commonly used commands:
- View information about virtual disks: VBoxManage showhdinfo
- Create a new virtual hard disk: VBoxManage createhd
- Show a list of virtual machines and their properties: VBoxManage list
- Import a disk image: VBoxManage import
- Start a virtual machine: VBoxManage startvm “vmachine”
- Stop a virtual machine: VBoxManage controlvm “vmachine” pause
- Restart a virtual machine that is paused: VBoxManage controlvm “vmachine” resume
- Restart a virtual machine (reset): VBoxManage controlvm “vmachine” reset
Differences between Virtual Box and VMware
VMware more than offering a virtualization service offers a complete ecosystem of tools to use various connected applications. It was the first to virtualize x86 systems.
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The VMware environment can be used as a private cloud and even managed as a mobile device management center. While Virtual Box is robust virtualization software that works with all x86 platforms.
With Virtual Box you can switch from one operating system to another, just by changing the window. It is characterized by offering a safe environment and independent for each machine.
In addition to offering a free license from Oracle VM, just download it to use it. Instead, VMware Workstarion Pro is free, but for a trial period. The VMware Workstation pro license costs $ 299.99.
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As Virtual Box evolves, it more closely resembles VMware capabilities even though it does not have the same 3D graphics capability and compatibility with vCloud Air or Sphere environments.
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