After well over a year of tips.timscomputer.com being offline, I decided I wanted to migrate it and a few other old web projects over to one of my hosted accounts. Problem — These sites lived on a virtual machine and I’m no longer running VMWare Server and have since had multiple OS reinstallations and a HDD upgrade.
From Linux I mounted my old harddrives, located the directory with the .vmdk and made a copy to experiment with. Turns out, it’s way easier to make this happen than you’d think.
- Install VirtualBox (if not already done) and start application
- Click the “New” button
- Tell VirtualBox the type of OS, allocate RAM, etc
- When prompted to create a new hard disk drive, load your existing .vmdk file
- Edit the network adapter settings to be Bridged instead of NAT (and clone your MAC if required)
- Start your virtual machine! You’re done!