Opening a VMDK file (Virtual Machine Disk, is a file format used for virtual appliances developed for VMware products) in Oracle VirtualBox is ridiculously simple! But when googled for this method I was surprised to find that there were no tutorials explaining this simple procedure. All of them wanted me to convert the .vmdk file to a .vdi file. To put it words you “You Just Need to Run it”.There is how it is….
- In the VirtualBox Manager click the New button to create a new virtual machine.
- Input the name of your virtual machine and select the OS you would like to have. I selected Linux and Debian as I will be running a Turnkey Linux VMDK
- Set the amount of memory you would like to have for the VM.
- Now you will be prompted to create a virtual hard disk. This is an important step in running your .vmdk file. Select the option ‘Use existing hard disk’ and click the “Choose a virtual hard disk file ….’ button.
- In the file selection window that opens up browse and select the .vmdk file you wish to open.
- Click Open.
- Now the ‘Use existing hard disk’ option will have the .vmdk file you selected. Click Next.
- Click ‘Create’ to finish the process.
- Now your VirtualBox Manager will have the new virtual machine listed. Click ‘Start’ to run the VM.
Please let me know if this method worked for.