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Is there any chance to get an unique host system ID within my VM that is hosted in VirtualBox?

Asked different: is there an unique ID of the host system that I can read from the virtual machine. In case I import the same VM into another host system, can the VM detect that it runs in another host system?

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With KVM/libvirt you can run dmidecode -t system on the host VM, it exports the UUID generated in libvirt from the XML description. It should be unique to each VM.

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The question was tagged virtualbox. I edited the question to make it clearer. – Wesley Dec 12 '13 at 16:17
From my googling there appears to be good indication that the same values can also exported in virtualbox. – Matthew Ife Dec 12 '13 at 16:24
I get UUID: EAF44EA1-F755-4E9C-B506-400..., seems to be good – PeterMmm Dec 12 '13 at 16:28
@MIfe oooOOOOoo, spifftastic. – Wesley Dec 12 '13 at 16:32
@PeterMmm But isn't this only on the host system and not from within the guest? – Wesley Dec 12 '13 at 16:32

Each .vdi file has a UUID that can be seen by using the vboxmanage command. For example vboxmanage showhdinfo \path\to\file.vdi

From within the guest you'll need to read MIfe's answer! =) first user vboxmanage from the host to set a GuestProperty starting like this: vboxmanage guestproperty set and name it UUID. Then from within the guest you'll retrieve it with vboxcontrol, something like this: vboxcontrol guestproperty get /VirtualBox/GuestProperty/whateverYouNamedTheProperty

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Running vboxmanage on host system. But I'm interested in getting an ID from within the VM ... – PeterMmm Dec 12 '13 at 16:24

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