VirtualBox bug fixed: clonehd works in version 2.1.4
By drapeau on Mar 15, 2009
Here's where the bug fix comes in handy: suppose you use VirtualBox to create a virtual machine that you want to use again and again; maybe it's a test environment of Windows, Linux, OpenSolaris...whatever you like. An easy way to make copies of that test environment is to type "VBoxManage clonevdi WindowsXP.vdi copyOfWinXP.vdi" (or whatever you call your VirtualBox hard disk images). But the "clonevdi" command wasn't making copies correctly, so there was a workaround. It's not a big deal, but having the bug fixed makes it just that much easier to make perfect copies of the environment you worked so hard to create.
I discovered at DrupalCon that a lot of people are using VirtualBox. I have been a faithful VMware user for well over five years and have liked it, but I've also been using VirtualBox for about six months now and I find it good enough for my personal needs that I've switched from VMware to VirtualBox. One nice little benefit: it can be a host on all the operating systems I use (Ubuntu Linux, Mac OS X, OpenSolaris; I tend not to use Windows as a host OS, only as a guest, because I'm too concerned about viruses infecting my Windows environment and I'd like to be able to just blow it away and start from scratch easily; VirtualBox lets me do just that).