Import a VHD into VirtualBox

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This article gives the procedure to import a VHD virtual machine image into VirtualBox. This process assumes that you have already exported the VHD from the Datto appliance and have copied that VHD file from the Datto appliance to a Windows machine.

You can leave the VHD on a network share on a Datto appliance, but this requires calling Technical Support for help. Tech support must change the permissions for the Samba share to make it writeable.

Importing VHD into VirtualBox

Open VirtualBox, and click the New button, as shown in Figure 1.


Figure 1 - Creating a new virtualization

You will see the Create Virtual Machine dialog box, as shown in Figure 2.


Figure 2 - Create Virtual Machine.

In this window, enter a name for your VM, then choose the operating system and version of the machine you want to virtualize. Then, click Next.


Figure 3 - Allocate RAM

Select how much RAM to allocate for the Virtual Machine, and then click Next. You will see the Hard Drive selection dialog, as shown in Figure 4.


Figure 4 - Choose virtual hard drive file

Select the option to Use an existing virtual hard drive file. Then, navigate to the VHD file. When you are ready, click Create. You will return to the VirtualBox Manager window, as shown in Figure 5.


Figure 5 - Start VM

Select the Settings button to configure any advanced options such as number of CPU Cores, Video RAM, Networking Mode (NAT, Bridged, etc). Click OK when complete.

Click Start to boot the VM.


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