Ticket #1188 (closed enhancement: wontfix)

Opened 11 years ago

Last modified 10 years ago

Please support to share a disk image between two guests

Reported by: bzed Owned by:
Component: VM control Version: VirtualBox 1.5.4
Keywords: Cc: 465585-forwarded@…
Guest type: other Host type: other



at the moment we face the problem that we need to test a cluster FS implementation within virtualbox, therefore we need to share a storage device between several guests. As current workaround we use a Linux guest providing an iscsi target. Things would be much more simple if virtualbox would allow to share one disk image between several guest systems.

Thanks in advance for implementing this feature,


Change History

comment:1 Changed 11 years ago by klaus

Rather dangerous feature for 99.999% of the users. Must be carefully hidden. Otherwise users will treat FAT32 as a cluster filesystem and get after us when they lose data.

comment:2 Changed 11 years ago by frank

  • Component changed from other to VM control

comment:3 Changed 10 years ago by frank

  • Status changed from new to closed
  • Resolution set to wontfix

Starting with 2.1.0, a disk image can be attached to two VMs at the same time, but only one of these two VMs can be powered on at the same time. Klaus already explained why we wouldn't implement sharing an image between running VMs. Closing.

comment:4 Changed 10 years ago by leoric

I think it's a necessary feature for testing cluster configurations. The danger of enabling this feature may be explained in a comment or warning, but I think Virtual Box needs this feature to compete with VMWare.

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