VirtualBox 3.1 significantly changed the way that harddisks, dvd/cd drives and floppies are mounted. The following steps are to install Windows XP as a guest on an Ubuntu 9.04 host with a IntelAhci SATA controller.
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Create a Windows XP VirtualBox guest from scratch using a SATA harddrive.
- Download the Windows XP Intel SATA Drivers and unzip to extract F32.IMA
- Hit F6 during setup to select the Intel(R) 82801HEM/HBM SATA AHCI Controller (Mobile ICH8M-E/M)
VBoxManage createhd --filename /srv/virtualbox/harddisks/CHANGEME.vdi --size 20480 \ --variant Standard VBoxManage createvm --name CHANGEME --ostype "WindowsXP" --register \ --basefolder /srv/virtualbox/machines VBoxManage modifyvm CHANGEME --memory 1024 \ --boot1 dvd --boot2 disk --boot3 none --boot4 none \ --sata on --sataportcount 1 \ --sataport1 /srv/virtualbox/harddisks/CHANGEME.vdi \ --dvd /srv/virtualbox/iso/WindowsXP_sp3.iso \ --floppy /srv/virtualbox/floppy/F32.IMA \ --nic1 bridged --bridgeadapter1 eth0
To transfer a large amount of data (200GB) across a 100mbps network without saturating the connection, I used rsync with the –bwlimit=KBps flag.
Transferring from Windows to Ubuntu 9.04, I first mounted the windows share:
sudo mkdir /mnt/winshare sudo mount -t smbfs -o username=user,password=pass //winserver/share /mnt/winshare
Next, run rsync with a specified bwlimit. Optionally, unmount the share
sudo rsync -vrR --delete --delete-excluded --bwlimit=6144 /mnt/winshare/* /destination/ sudo umount /mnt/winshare
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