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VirtualBox to KVM Migration

What:
Virtualbox is a nice desktop virtualization software from erstwhile Sun Inc.  I used the personal use as well as open edition of it for quite sometime. However, could not resist the temptation to migrate to KVM, given its increasing roars in the virtualization space - both for desktop as well as server side. Not having a good tool to manage the VMs was a shortcoming of KVM for sometime. However, with Virt-Manger, this seems to have changed quite a lot. And so I started to migrate my windows image to KVM based.

Source:
Host OS: Ubuntu 10.04
Virtualization tool: VirtualBox
Guest OS: Windows XP Sp3

Target: 

Host OS: Ubuntu 10.04
Virtualization tool: KVM
Guest OS: Windows XP Sp3
objective is migrate this guest image to KVM so that the migration is seemless.

How:
Pre-planning:
Shut off windows XP gracefully. It probably might make a difference. But in anycase, will be a good idea rather than land up in surpriseYou need reasonable space. nearly 3 times of the size of the windows xp file d…