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Disaster Recovery in Virtualbox – How to import a virtual machine

It has happened.  Your virtual machine has a problem which is preventing it from booting up.  Assuming you have a Windows installation you would try all the usual first – Safe mode, Last Known Configuration, Repair Installation etc.  But what happens when none of these work?  Restore to factory settings and then from backups? Assuming you have exported the virtual machine as part of your backup strategy there is an easier (and quicker way).  Import the backed up virtual machine!!

For the purpose of this tutorial I will be using Virtualbox 4.1.18 hosted on a Ubuntu 12.04 system.  I will show you how to import an Exchange Server 2010 virtual machine which has already been exported.

Open up Virtualbox and go to File – Import Appliance to start the wizard.

Click on Choose and select the location of the virtual machine to be imported.  Click Next.

On the screen that follows check the import settings and when you are happy click Import.  And that is it!! Depending on the size of the file being imported it may take some time.

About the Author


Hi I’m Chris Wakefield the owner of ComTech IT Support. I provide Windows, Mac and Linux based IT Support to small businesses in Stirling, Alloa and Falkirk.

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