Clone Your VirtualBox Image

December 29, 2008 – 7:29 PM

I found out the hard way that you cannot simply copy and paste your .vdi file, rename, and add a second virtual machine to your system.  Each VDI file has a unique UUID that a single VirtualBox installation will not duplicate.  You have to “clone” it.  The screenshot below is from Ubuntu 8.10:


When finished, it displays the file’s new UUID and it’s ready to add.

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