Category Archives: Virtualization

How to start Virtual Box in headless state

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If you wanted to start a VirtualBox VM headless (no UI) in the past, you needed additional tools.  I always found this to be a bit of a pain that VirtualBox didn’t support this ‘out of the box’.  Thankfully Version 5.0 has been recently released and it will finally handle this for you. Yay! There is now a command line… Read more »

Mount and Unmount a VHD File in Windows Explorer via a Right-Click

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Mount and Unmount a VHD File in Windows Explorer via a Right-Click Virtualization has become an incredibly powerful and flexible way to deploy environments. So much in fact that Microsoft has integrated the ability to attach virtual hard drive (VHD) files as physical disks in the Windows Disk Management tool. This process is easy enough to do manually but if… Read more »

Converting VHD disk to VMDK disk and VMDK to VHD

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First Off Lets make sure we have back up of VHD or VMDK, back uo is our best insurance. Lets download StarWind Software V2V image converter. You can get it form here StarWind V2V Install if StarWind V2V 1. You will see Welcome screen click Next 2. On file name select your .VHD image 3.Once you have selected File click next… Read more »

Convert Physical Machines to Virtual with Disk2vhd

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The Windows Sysinternals group at Microsoft has released Disk2vhd that is a free physical to virtual converter. Disk2vhd allows you to create VHD (virtual hard dive) files from physical drives on your computer while your system is online. The VHD files generated can be used in Microsoft Virtual PC or on Hyper-V server and you will have an instant clone… Read more »

How to re size a Virtual Box hard drive (VDI)

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Open command prompt Click Start > Run or Windows key + r Type in the following cmd Navigate to the directory of the virtual hard drive (VDI) you want to modify Usually located at c:\users\<username>\VirtualBox VMs\<yourvm>\ cd c:\users\<username>\VirtualBox VMs\<yourvm>\ Run the following, include the quotes as there are spaces in the directory names “C:\Program Files\Oracle\VirtualBox\VboxManage.exe” modifyhd <yourvmhd>.vdi –resize <size-in-mb>