Saturday, 20 July 2013
How-to: More VirtualBox Cloning
There's one important thing I didn't stress enough in the previous cloning article, and that's the handling of networking and MAC addresses.
In the graphical tool in VirtualBox for cloning machines you need to be alert to the MAC addresses of your virtual machines and re-initialise the MAC address of any clone that's going to run alongside the original.
Not an issue if the two are never running side by side, critical if they are, as your network can't handle duplicate MAC addresses, so neither will register.
It's a one-click operation that's easy enough to do when you create the clone or at any time after. RC
Note: make sure to shut-down any virtual machine before you run any kind of cloning or copying!
Related: How-to: Clone a Virtual Machine in VirtualBox