[vbox-dev] GUI feature request

Huihong Luo huisinro at yahoo.com
Wed Sep 9 08:28:25 PDT 2009


Achim,
 
Thanks for the clarification.
 
So we could use even .vdi format. I was trying to find out a format to generate by p2v tool, then import on another pc. Modified OVF seems to be the way to go.
 
- Huihong

--- On Wed, 9/9/09, Achim Hasenmueller <achim at sun.com> wrote:


From: Achim Hasenmueller <achim at sun.com>
Subject: Re: [vbox-dev] GUI feature request
To: "Huihong Luo" <huisinro at yahoo.com>
Cc: "Christian Pötzsch" <Christian.Poetzsch at sun.com>, vbox-dev at virtualbox.org
Date: Wednesday, September 9, 2009, 8:15 AM


OVF is a very broad spec, it doesn't say much about the things that the OVF files refer to. You can put in whatever container format you like. It just happens that streaming VMDK are most suitable because they are compressed.




On Sep 9, 2009, at 16:30 , Huihong Luo wrote:





That's what I thought about using diff. We can try to impl it.

I wanted to use it from original place, for example, P2V vm is 250G in size for my laptop, importing will take very long time. 

A simple question, is compression optional? or is it mandatory by spec? I noticed Citrix uses uncompressed VHD for OVF disk.

--- On Wed, 9/9/09, Achim Hasenmueller <achim at sun.com> wrote:


From: Achim Hasenmueller <achim at sun.com>
Subject: Re: [vbox-dev] GUI feature request
To: "Christian Pötzsch" <Christian.Poetzsch at sun.com>
Cc: "Huihong Luo" <huisinro at yahoo.com>, vbox-dev at virtualbox.org
Date: Wednesday, September 9, 2009, 7:20 AM


I think they support random reads but not random writes. So using a snapshot on them, it could work.

Volunteers to implement that? Huihong?

Achim.

On Sep 9, 2009, at 13:36 , Christian Pötzsch wrote:

> Hi,
> 
> Huihong Luo wrote:
>> For OVF import, I wonder if can add a checkbox to tell whether or not
>> clone the virtual disk. For large files, use it from original place is
> ideal
> 
> this is not possible. The VMDK's used in the OVF export are in a
> compressed format. It is not possible to use that format for working
> with the VM's.
> 
> Christian
> 
> --Dr. Christian Pötzsch    Sun Microsystems    http://www.sun.com/
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