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Convert a raw disk image to a Virtualbox/VMware/Xen image file in one line!

December 9, 2009 Leave a comment

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.

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WebYast – An awesome addition to YaST

December 9, 2009 Leave a comment

I just finished installing WebYast on a SLES 11 virtual machine and so far I like it.  It is a wonderful Ruby based application that very extendable.

A web client of YaST is something the SUSE distro has need for sometime in my opinion.  This has a lot of potential, I would like to be able to one day use a single YaST client, web or fat, to manage several SUSE servers, whether they are SLE or openSUSE.  Novell has a good tool to manage multiple Linux servers Zenworks Linux Management, but for those small scale server deployments I would rather have a good open source solution rather then pay the money for Zenworks.

Screenshot of WebYast and to follow.

Categories: Linux, SUSE Tags: , , , ,