CONVERT Qemu .img to VirtualBox vdi

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CONVERT Qemu .img to VirtualBox vdi

Postby drvi » 25. Aug 2008, 08:33

hi, i'm a noob to linux[ubuntu],
i wanted to use windows for some of my programs, so i tried Qemu, it lacked certain features
SO i tired VirtualBox full edition ,[since its only for my personal use] and i liked its functions.

the only problem now is that Windows xp is not allowing me to activate , saying that my account has been activated too many times! :x

so i was wondering, if i could convert my Qemu.img which has the windows Xp activated for use in Virtual Box, i googled but since i'm a noob was a little skeptical of using the suggestions![also couldnt find any posts here]

>i have omitted the "f-qcow" option while making the .img using qemu[so is this now a raw img or do i have to convert it to the raw img anyway?]
>also i have only used 6GB in qemu rather than 10GB recommended while creating in virtual box
>will the file still be a virtual size after all convertions to vdi or will it occupy a definite 6GB space?
>could anyone tell me which is the best guide to use?

does any1 have any suggestions
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Postby chungy » 25. Aug 2008, 13:32

Try
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qemu-img convert WindowsXP.img -O raw WindowsXP.raw

then
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VBoxManage convertdd WindowsXP.raw $HOME/.VirtualBox/VDI/WindowsXP.vdi

Obviously replacing filenames where fit. Note, that you might still be required to re-activate Windows XP, as VirtualBox emulates different hardware than QEMU. You should be able to make a phone call to clear it all up anyway.
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Postby drvi » 25. Aug 2008, 13:40

when i check the file format it says raw,is it going to make any difference?
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image: /home/drvi/windows.img
file format: raw
virtual size: 6.0G (6442450944 bytes)
disk size: 1.5G

so i just need to follow the same methid as u have given above?

SO i would have to make the call to the MS guys anyway?
if so i could just activate my virtual drive copy ,right?
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Postby chungy » 25. Aug 2008, 13:57

Okay, it's already in raw format, you just need to run the VBoxManage command then, and then register the VDI with VirtualBox and use it in a VM (all this can be done through the GUI).

And yeah, you probably will need to re-activate Windows XP in the VM anyway, but there's a chance you might not need to...
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Postby Sasquatch » 25. Aug 2008, 14:01

SO i would have to make the call to the MS guys anyway?

That is described when you activate Windows. Use the "Activate by phone" or something like that.
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Postby drvi » 25. Aug 2008, 14:18

finally, called the microsoft call centre and got it activated :D
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Postby drvi » 25. Aug 2008, 15:03

1 final question:
unrelated

but i keep getting logs in my home directory, how do i stop this?
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Postby TerryE » 25. Aug 2008, 15:23

Read the 1.6.4 Announcement in the Using VB forum. It was a boo-boo in the release. The work around is discussed there.
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Postby drvi » 25. Aug 2008, 15:30

ok i think the question must have been clearer, i read that post
well i'm using UBUNTU as HOST OS
and Windows XP as GUEST OS
i dont know where to change the environmental variables in ubuntu :?
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Postby TerryE » 25. Aug 2008, 16:10

drvi, if you changed down the announcement it links to a discussion which tells you. I launch VirtualBox from a terminal window so I just have the assign and export in my .bashrc, but if you use the menu then you need to put it in the X startup script or in the launch command itself.

I thought that http://forums.virtualbox.org/viewtopic. ... 1650#31650 explained this pretty well. What is wrong with just doing a google on VBOX_LOG_DEST export site:virtualbox.org as I suggest in my signature if you want to find the topics that discuss this? Sigggggghhhhhhh.
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Postby drvi » 25. Aug 2008, 16:39

ok , i didnt search site :oops: thinking that the post u mentioned above was a good explanation for everyone BUT ME...
didnt expect googling was better :oops:

but since i'm a noob in linux it seems to be getting over my head, though i have checked this posthttp://forums.virtualbox.org/viewtopic.php?p=31180#31180
i probably better do what muts has suggested in the end!!!

by the way when can we expect v1.6.6 [ok,i tried googling site but couldnt find any info]
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Postby TerryE » 25. Aug 2008, 16:49

"Any day now". I think that the guys want to make 100% certain that there are no boo-boo's this time.
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Postby drvi » 25. Aug 2008, 19:34

thanx for all the help guys
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