Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3 release is right around the corner. If anyone is interested in getting white papers on how it will save you a TON of money over VMware or would like a demo contact your Red Hat Sales rep or contact Sirius Computer Solutions!
This is awesome! This uses Virtualbox’s command line tool VBoxManage! In this example it will convert to a Virtualbox VDI image
VBoxManage convertfromraw rawdisk.img virtualdiskname –format VDI –variant Standard
It appears you can make a VMware ESX VMDK image as well using this command
VBoxManage convertfromraw rawdisk.img virtualdiskname –format VMDK –variant ESX
I can’t wait to see if one of these images will work in ESX but so far the other images that I’ve made for Xen and Virtualbox that I made from an old raw image of my linux system work perfectly.
I’ve been using Virtualbox for just about 2 years now. It has come a long way since the project was first started my Innotek which was later acquired by Sun Microsystems. I just installed 3.1 and there are tons of the improvements, OpenGL 3D support in linux, full 3d support in Windows Vista and 7. Many bug fixes that were preventing me from using it as a total replacement for VMware Workstation and Fusion with this release I’m every virtual machine I have is going to be ran in VirtualBox! The only thing I’m going to miss is VMware Fusion for the “Unity” feature but I think i can deal without that. Still no USB support for the open source version so you will need to get the VirtualBox Personal Use and Evaluation License edition from Sun.
Give Virtualbox a try, its free so there is no reason not too! You can get the open source edition or the non-free edition at http://www.virtualbox.org