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Clone OpenSuse VirtualBox vm

Tested with OpenSuse 11.3

Before cloning, you will need to change some hdd stuff in fstab & menu.lst. Let's begin:

1) Start the vm to clone and login as root.
2) Get the info from your partitions: 


opensuse11:~ # fdisk -l 

Disco /dev/sda: 8589 MB, 8589934592 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 1044 cylinders
Units = cilindros of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x000ed24a

Disposit. Inicio    Comienzo      Fin      Bloques  Id  Sistema
/dev/sda1               1          95      761856   82  Linux swap / Solaris
La partición 1 no termina en un límite de cilindro.
/dev/sda2   *          95        1045     7625728   83  Linux

====
so we got here that: 
SWAP: /dev/sda1
/ : /dev/sda2

3) Edit /etc/fstab and change the way we choose the dev, as OpenSuse uses the id of the hdds and we need to use the name.

opensuse11:~ # cat /etc/fstab
/dev/disk/by-id/ata-VBOX_HARDDISK_VB874fb2ed-0a6c812d-part1 swap                 swap       defaults              0 0
/dev/disk/by-id/ata-VBOX_HARDDISK_VB874fb2ed-0a6c812d-part2 /                    ext4       acl,user_xattr        1 1
proc                 /proc                proc       defaults              0 0
sysfs                /sys                 sysfs      noauto                0 0
debugfs              /sys/kernel/debug    debugfs    noauto                0 0
usbfs                /proc/bus/usb        usbfs      noauto                0 0
devpts               /dev/pts             devpts     mode=0620,gid=5       0 0

As you see, swap partition is: /dev/disk/by-id/ata-VBOX_HARDDISK_VB874fb2ed-0a6c812d-part1, so this will be our /dev/sda1 
And /dev/disk/by-id/ata-VBOX_HARDDISK_VB874fb2ed-0a6c812d-part2 will be /dev/sda2
Finally our fstab is like this:

opensuse11:~ # cat /etc/fstab 
/dev/sda1 swap                 swap       defaults              0 0
/dev/sda2 /                    ext4       acl,user_xattr        1 1
proc                 /proc                proc       defaults              0 0
sysfs                /sys                 sysfs      noauto                0 0
debugfs              /sys/kernel/debug    debugfs    noauto                0 0
usbfs                /proc/bus/usb        usbfs      noauto                0 0
devpts               /dev/pts             devpts     mode=0620,gid=5       0 0


4) Now, we need to change grub options to boot system, edit /boot/grub/menu.lst and do the same, change the way you select the disk drives:

opensuse11:~ # cat /boot/grub/menu.lst
# Modified by YaST2. Last modification on Thu Jul 25 10:04:57 CEST 2013
# THIS FILE WILL BE PARTIALLY OVERWRITTEN by perl-Bootloader
# Configure custom boot parameters for updated kernels in /etc/sysconfig/bootloader

default 0
timeout 8
gfxmenu (hd0,1)/boot/message
##YaST - activate

###Don't change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: linux###
title openSUSE 11.3 - 2.6.34-12
    root (hd0,1)
    kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.34-12-default root=/dev/disk/by-id/ata-VBOX_HARDDISK_VB874fb2ed-0a6c812d-part2 imagen=ontsi resume=/dev/disk/by-id/ata-VBOX_HARDDISK_VB874fb2ed-0a6c812d-part1 splash=silent quiet showopts
    initrd /boot/initrd-2.6.34-12-default

###Don't change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: failsafe###
title Failsafe -- openSUSE 11.3 - 2.6.34-12
    root (hd0,1)
    kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.34-12-default root=/dev/disk/by-id/ata-VBOX_HARDDISK_VB874fb2ed-0a6c812d-part2 showopts apm=off noresume edd=off powersaved=off nohz=off highres=off processor.max_cstate=1 nomodeset x11failsafe
    initrd /boot/initrd-2.6.34-12-default
=======

Once changed, your config file will be like this:
   
opensuse11:~ # cat /boot/grub/menu.lst
# Modified by YaST2. Last modification on Thu Jul 25 10:04:57 CEST 2013
# THIS FILE WILL BE PARTIALLY OVERWRITTEN by perl-Bootloader
# Configure custom boot parameters for updated kernels in /etc/sysconfig/bootloader

default 0
timeout 8
gfxmenu (hd0,1)/boot/message
##YaST - activate

###Don't change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: linux###
title openSUSE 11.3 - 2.6.34-12
    root (hd0,1)
    kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.34-12-default root=/dev/sda2 imagen=ontsi resume=/dev/sda1 splash=silent quiet showopts
    initrd /boot/initrd-2.6.34-12-default

###Don't change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: failsafe###
title Failsafe -- openSUSE 11.3 - 2.6.34-12
    root (hd0,1)
    kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.34-12-default root=/dev/sda2 showopts apm=off noresume edd=off powersaved=off nohz=off highres=off processor.max_cstate=1 nomodeset x11failsafe
    initrd /boot/initrd-2.6.34-12-default

5) Reboot the vm, check that everything is ok and you're done. Now you can clone the vm without problems.
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Let&#39;s begin: </span><span id="L-4"><a name="L-4"></a> </span><span id="L-5"><a name="L-5"></a>1) Start the vm to clone and login as root. </span><span id="L-6"><a name="L-6"></a>2) Get the info from your partitions: </span><span id="L-7"><a name="L-7"></a> </span><span id="L-8"><a name="L-8"></a> </span><span id="L-9"><a name="L-9"></a>opensuse11:~ # fdisk -l </span><span id="L-10"><a name="L-10"></a> </span><span id="L-11"><a name="L-11"></a>Disco /dev/sda: 8589 MB, 8589934592 bytes </span><span id="L-12"><a name="L-12"></a>255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 1044 cylinders </span><span id="L-13"><a name="L-13"></a>Units = cilindros of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes </span><span id="L-14"><a name="L-14"></a>Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes </span><span id="L-15"><a name="L-15"></a>I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes </span><span id="L-16"><a name="L-16"></a>Disk identifier: 0x000ed24a </span><span id="L-17"><a name="L-17"></a> </span><span id="L-18"><a name="L-18"></a>Disposit. Inicio Comienzo Fin Bloques Id Sistema </span><span id="L-19"><a name="L-19"></a>/dev/sda1 1 95 761856 82 Linux swap / Solaris </span><span id="L-20"><a name="L-20"></a>La partición 1 no termina en un límite de cilindro. </span><span id="L-21"><a name="L-21"></a>/dev/sda2 * 95 1045 7625728 83 Linux </span><span id="L-22"><a name="L-22"></a> </span><span id="L-23"><a name="L-23"></a>==== </span><span id="L-24"><a name="L-24"></a>so we got here that: </span><span id="L-25"><a name="L-25"></a>SWAP: /dev/sda1 </span><span id="L-26"><a name="L-26"></a>/ : /dev/sda2 </span><span id="L-27"><a name="L-27"></a> </span><span id="L-28"><a name="L-28"></a>3) Edit /etc/fstab and change the way we choose the dev, as OpenSuse uses the id of the hdds and we need to use the name. </span><span id="L-29"><a name="L-29"></a> </span><span id="L-30"><a name="L-30"></a>opensuse11:~ # cat /etc/fstab </span><span id="L-31"><a name="L-31"></a>/dev/disk/by-id/ata-VBOX_HARDDISK_VB874fb2ed-0a6c812d-part1 swap swap defaults 0 0 </span><span id="L-32"><a name="L-32"></a>/dev/disk/by-id/ata-VBOX_HARDDISK_VB874fb2ed-0a6c812d-part2 / ext4 acl,user_xattr 1 1 </span><span id="L-33"><a name="L-33"></a>proc /proc proc defaults 0 0 </span><span id="L-34"><a name="L-34"></a>sysfs /sys sysfs noauto 0 0 </span><span id="L-35"><a name="L-35"></a>debugfs /sys/kernel/debug debugfs noauto 0 0 </span><span id="L-36"><a name="L-36"></a>usbfs /proc/bus/usb usbfs noauto 0 0 </span><span id="L-37"><a name="L-37"></a>devpts /dev/pts devpts mode=0620,gid=5 0 0 </span><span id="L-38"><a name="L-38"></a> </span><span id="L-39"><a name="L-39"></a>As you see, swap partition is: /dev/disk/by-id/ata-VBOX_HARDDISK_VB874fb2ed-0a6c812d-part1, so this will be our /dev/sda1 </span><span id="L-40"><a name="L-40"></a>And /dev/disk/by-id/ata-VBOX_HARDDISK_VB874fb2ed-0a6c812d-part2 will be /dev/sda2 </span><span id="L-41"><a name="L-41"></a>Finally our fstab is like this: </span><span id="L-42"><a name="L-42"></a> </span><span id="L-43"><a name="L-43"></a>opensuse11:~ # cat /etc/fstab </span><span id="L-44"><a name="L-44"></a>/dev/sda1 swap swap defaults 0 0 </span><span id="L-45"><a name="L-45"></a>/dev/sda2 / ext4 acl,user_xattr 1 1 </span><span id="L-46"><a name="L-46"></a>proc /proc proc defaults 0 0 </span><span id="L-47"><a name="L-47"></a>sysfs /sys sysfs noauto 0 0 </span><span id="L-48"><a name="L-48"></a>debugfs /sys/kernel/debug debugfs noauto 0 0 </span><span id="L-49"><a name="L-49"></a>usbfs /proc/bus/usb usbfs noauto 0 0 </span><span id="L-50"><a name="L-50"></a>devpts /dev/pts devpts mode=0620,gid=5 0 0 </span><span id="L-51"><a name="L-51"></a> </span><span id="L-52"><a name="L-52"></a> </span><span id="L-53"><a name="L-53"></a>4) Now, we need to change grub options to boot system, edit /boot/grub/menu.lst and do the same, change the way you select the disk drives: </span><span id="L-54"><a name="L-54"></a> </span><span id="L-55"><a name="L-55"></a>opensuse11:~ # cat /boot/grub/menu.lst </span><span id="L-56"><a name="L-56"></a># Modified by YaST2. Last modification on Thu Jul 25 10:04:57 CEST 2013 </span><span id="L-57"><a name="L-57"></a># THIS FILE WILL BE PARTIALLY OVERWRITTEN by perl-Bootloader </span><span id="L-58"><a name="L-58"></a># Configure custom boot parameters for updated kernels in /etc/sysconfig/bootloader </span><span id="L-59"><a name="L-59"></a> </span><span id="L-60"><a name="L-60"></a>default 0 </span><span id="L-61"><a name="L-61"></a>timeout 8 </span><span id="L-62"><a name="L-62"></a>gfxmenu (hd0,1)/boot/message </span><span id="L-63"><a name="L-63"></a>##YaST - activate </span><span id="L-64"><a name="L-64"></a> </span><span id="L-65"><a name="L-65"></a>###Don&#39;t change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: linux### </span><span id="L-66"><a name="L-66"></a>title openSUSE 11.3 - 2.6.34-12 </span><span id="L-67"><a name="L-67"></a> root (hd0,1) </span><span id="L-68"><a name="L-68"></a> kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.34-12-default root=/dev/disk/by-id/ata-VBOX_HARDDISK_VB874fb2ed-0a6c812d-part2 imagen=ontsi resume=/dev/disk/by-id/ata-VBOX_HARDDISK_VB874fb2ed-0a6c812d-part1 splash=silent quiet showopts </span><span id="L-69"><a name="L-69"></a> initrd /boot/initrd-2.6.34-12-default </span><span id="L-70"><a name="L-70"></a> </span><span id="L-71"><a name="L-71"></a>###Don&#39;t change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: failsafe### </span><span id="L-72"><a name="L-72"></a>title Failsafe -- openSUSE 11.3 - 2.6.34-12 </span><span id="L-73"><a name="L-73"></a> root (hd0,1) </span><span id="L-74"><a name="L-74"></a> kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.34-12-default root=/dev/disk/by-id/ata-VBOX_HARDDISK_VB874fb2ed-0a6c812d-part2 showopts apm=off noresume edd=off powersaved=off nohz=off highres=off processor.max_cstate=1 nomodeset x11failsafe </span><span id="L-75"><a name="L-75"></a> initrd /boot/initrd-2.6.34-12-default </span><span id="L-76"><a name="L-76"></a>======= </span><span id="L-77"><a name="L-77"></a> </span><span id="L-78"><a name="L-78"></a>Once changed, your config file will be like this: </span><span id="L-79"><a name="L-79"></a> </span><span id="L-80"><a name="L-80"></a>opensuse11:~ # cat /boot/grub/menu.lst </span><span id="L-81"><a name="L-81"></a># Modified by YaST2. Last modification on Thu Jul 25 10:04:57 CEST 2013 </span><span id="L-82"><a name="L-82"></a># THIS FILE WILL BE PARTIALLY OVERWRITTEN by perl-Bootloader </span><span id="L-83"><a name="L-83"></a># Configure custom boot parameters for updated kernels in /etc/sysconfig/bootloader </span><span id="L-84"><a name="L-84"></a> </span><span id="L-85"><a name="L-85"></a>default 0 </span><span id="L-86"><a name="L-86"></a>timeout 8 </span><span id="L-87"><a name="L-87"></a>gfxmenu (hd0,1)/boot/message </span><span id="L-88"><a name="L-88"></a>##YaST - activate </span><span id="L-89"><a name="L-89"></a> </span><span id="L-90"><a name="L-90"></a>###Don&#39;t change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: linux### </span><span id="L-91"><a name="L-91"></a>title openSUSE 11.3 - 2.6.34-12 </span><span id="L-92"><a name="L-92"></a> root (hd0,1) </span><span id="L-93"><a name="L-93"></a> kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.34-12-default root=/dev/sda2 imagen=ontsi resume=/dev/sda1 splash=silent quiet showopts </span><span id="L-94"><a name="L-94"></a> initrd /boot/initrd-2.6.34-12-default </span><span id="L-95"><a name="L-95"></a> </span><span id="L-96"><a name="L-96"></a>###Don&#39;t change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: failsafe### </span><span id="L-97"><a name="L-97"></a>title Failsafe -- openSUSE 11.3 - 2.6.34-12 </span><span id="L-98"><a name="L-98"></a> root (hd0,1) </span><span id="L-99"><a name="L-99"></a> kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.34-12-default root=/dev/sda2 showopts apm=off noresume edd=off powersaved=off nohz=off highres=off processor.max_cstate=1 nomodeset x11failsafe </span><span id="L-100"><a name="L-100"></a> initrd /boot/initrd-2.6.34-12-default </span><span id="L-101"><a name="L-101"></a> </span><span id="L-102"><a name="L-102"></a>5) Reboot the vm, check that everything is ok and you&#39;re done. Now you can clone the vm without problems. </span></pre></div> </td></tr></table>
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