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If I make an iso of all the files in / as an iso, will I be able to convert that to a usable VirtualBox image?

I've been looking around for documentation, and have been able to find no documentation that explicitly say this. Links to reliable documentation is a plus, so I can learn for myself.

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Are you asking how to do a physical to virtual migration of a linux box to virtual box? – Zoredache Jul 2 '10 at 18:46
Apparently so [157104]. What is it with noobs not following up on their own questions? – Tobu Jul 2 '10 at 19:30
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Short answer: No. A VirtualBox image is a specially formatted image of a hard drive (either a bit-for-bit copy or one designed to achieve the same results in less space), not simply a collection of files pulled from a running system.

To produce such an image from an existing system you can use something like VMWare Converter. has more details (this deals with a Windows migration, but the process is substantially equivalent for *NIX hosts)

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