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December 23, 2009

New UUID for copied vdi image – VirtualBox

Filed under: Free / Open Source — krish @ 5:52 pm
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Copied a vdi file and wanting to start as a new virtual machine, and VirtualBox complains something like this:

“A hard disk with UUID {12WE-25AW-19SSG-H0233-12904-8233} or with the same properties (‘/vm-os/CentOS_5.4/CentOS_5.4.vdi’) is already registered in /home/krish/.VirtualBox/VirtualBox.xml ”

I was expecting a dialog where I’d be asking to generate a new UUID; similar to what happens in VMWare Server.
Well it never happened. So here’s the solution:

# cd /path/to/the/copied/vdi/
# VBoxManage internalcommands setvdiuuid yourvdifile.vdi

This will show something similar
VirtualBox Command Line Management Interface Version 3.1.0_OSE
(C) 2005-2009 Sun Microsystems, Inc.
All rights reserved.

UUID changed to: 315948e6-2d36-4b6d-94e6-e065d7862c87


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