Do VMs export with snapshots?

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Do VMs export with snapshots?

Postby LPIII » 21. Jul 2022, 22:42

I take snapshots on Linux distros installation screen for desktop environments. Can I just load the snapshot I want and export the VM without the step shots or must I delete them?
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Re: Do VMs export with snapshots?

Postby mpack » 22. Jul 2022, 09:15

Just export them. Exported VMs must use VMDK, so snapshots will be merged automatically during the export process.

But: I hope you aren't using export to migrate a VM to another VirtualBox host. If it will still be VirtualBox then export is not necessary or advised: just copy the VM folder: Howto: Move (or copy) a VM.

Snapshots are not advisable either.
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Re: Do VMs export with snapshots?

Postby LPIII » 23. Jul 2022, 22:43

Thank you. Can I backup a VM and transfer that to another installation of VB?
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Re: Do VMs export with snapshots?

Postby scottgus1 » 24. Jul 2022, 00:16

LPIII wrote:Can I backup a VM and transfer that to another installation of VB?

mpack wrote:If it will still be VirtualBox then export is not necessary or advised: just copy the VM folder: Howto: Move (or copy) a VM.

QED.
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Re: Do VMs export with snapshots?

Postby LPIII » 11. Aug 2022, 18:05

I moved my VM and think I may have missed something. I put the VM's holder in VirtualBox VMs, yet It's not in virtualbox:
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Re: Do VMs export with snapshots?

Postby mpack » 11. Aug 2022, 18:14

It doesn't matter where the folder is. The VM will only be visible when you register it (double click on the .vbox file).

And incidentally, please turn off the Windows feature that hides files extensions for known file formats (see the View menu in your screenshot, then check "File extensions" to the right of the resulting toolbar).
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