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Move vbox virtual machine to different location along with snapshots

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I've virtualbox3.2.6 installed on my ubuntu 9.10 desktop and I've some guest OS's running
How do I move vbox virtual machines to different location on the same computer and as well as to a new computer along with all the snapshots of the VM's?.

Please need help!
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There are several way of moving VMs:

1. Automatically (and safest):


Simply use File > Export appliance inside the VBox program. At the new location (other PC, different VBox installation) use File > Import appliance.
Note: These 'appliances' may also be used to import into different virtual machine software, like VMWare etc. BUT: snapshots, to my knowledge, are not integrated, so you will have to create a new snapshot of the imported machine.

2. Manually:


Follow the instructions given in this post:
http://forums.virtualbox.org/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=2754&sid=4edba800a40d84bd6cb1b8394cdf3b35&start=15#p95322

Note: this will move machines and snapshots, but may require some tweaking.
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by:yayh
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correct File > Export
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by:Thyagaraj03
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I didn't try, I'll try this
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by:Thyagaraj03
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Export & Import working fine and it's only exporting the current state. But, I could not collect all the snapshots. I also tried editing virtualbox.xml file and vm's xml file and it shows all the snapshots in the snapshots tab of VirtualBox but none boots properly. No way for snapshots?
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This question has been classified as abandoned and is being closed as part of the Cleanup Program. See my comment at the end of the question for more details.
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