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I'm using VirtualBox 3.1.2 (r56127) on Linux (Ubuntu 9.10 64-bit).

I'm trying to use Export Appliance utility to clone my virtual machines over local network using SMB protocol to NAS. I decided to do it because some machines are larger than free space on my local disk drive - lack of space for the clones.

Simply, I specify GVFS path in the folder selection dialog box, for example:

/home/mloskot/.gvfs/mloskot on browarekhd/VirtualBox/clones

The process starts but after a minute or so the VirtualBox throws an error. Here is screenshot with the exact error:

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How should I understand it?

  • Does it mean export over network is not supported?
  • Does it mean there is a bug in VirtualBox?
  • Or, simply I must not have used GVFS path as the one above as it consists of spaces in mloskot on browarekhd ?

Please, share your experiences on this matter.

p.s. I asked very similar question on VirtualBox forum: Export Appliance over network to NAS I hope it's nothing against the SU rules :-)

UPDATE: Maciek suggested below to copy vmdk file to NAS manually. Generally, it would work, but as I specify in my question, I can't generate vmdk file (by exporting VM locally first) on my box where I keep all my VMs due to lack of disk space.

UPDATE2: Eventually, I managed to free some disk space and followed Maciek's suggestion, thus marking it as an answer. Thanks.

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You can try to copy vmdk file to NAS manually. Then import it to virtual disk manager, and crate new vm using it.

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