VirtualBox - How to clone a virtual machine

September 2016


VirtualBox - How to clone a virtual machine


VirtualBox gives you to ability to create clones of your virtual machines.
Clones can help:
-When you need to share a virtual machine with several users.
-In the event that you are making a major modification to a virtual machine, you can always use the clone as a backup in case of error,
To clone a virtual machine:
  • Open VirtualBox
  • Select the guest OS.
  • Click on the Machine menu > Clone.
  • Follow the onscreen instructions.
  • You can choose to create a:
    • Full clone - independent from the parent virtual machine
    • Linked clone - shares the same hard drive files as the parent virtual machine.

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