Thursday May 21, 2009

Virtual Appliances

One of the really cool and really powerful features introduced in version 2.2 is the ability to export and import virtual appliances. A Virtual Appliance consists of:

  • description of one of more virtual machines in an OVF file;
  • a set of one or more virtual disk images.

 With VirtualBox you can now easily create virtual appliances by simply exporting your vm's directly from the VirtualBox GUI or on the command line. 

And of course you can import just as easily as you would expect.

For details of how it works and why you might want to do this here's a 9 minute movie. There are chapter markers for Import and Export sections if you want to skip thru it.

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