Running vmdk (vmware) images on Virtual Box

I had one final vmdk image I use for Windows dev that I wanted to use in VirtualBox instead of VMWare.

VirtualBox makes this dead simple but a few things to look out for, since you might get a BSOD that is hard to figure out:

1. Uninstall VMWare tools

2. Mount your image as an IDE, not SATA (the default when using the VirtualBox wizard)

3. Check your root .vmdk file and be sure your disk names don't have extraneous '.' suffices. I discussed this here.

Once I did these I was able to get VirtualBox running my image just fine.

Hope this helps

mike


Posted 07-25-2011 10:58 PM by Michael Nichols
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Comments

Julio Furquim wrote re: Running vmdk (vmware) images on Virtual Box
on 08-27-2011 6:01 PM

Followed the step by still get BSOD. I'm trying to use the same VMDK for VmWare Workstation 7.1.4 and VBox 4.1.2.

Michael Nichols wrote re: Running vmdk (vmware) images on Virtual Box
on 08-28-2011 1:40 AM

If you are running windows be sure you mount the disk as a IDE not SATA

Julio Furquim wrote re: Running vmdk (vmware) images on Virtual Box
on 08-28-2011 1:11 PM

Already did. Mounted as IDE and uninstalled vm tools. Nothing seems to work, just under secure mode.

Julio Furquim wrote re: Running vmdk (vmware) images on Virtual Box
on 08-28-2011 2:59 PM

Did it! Worked after disabling Acceleration (VT-X and Nested Paging) and processor PAE/NX.

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