[Bug 210361] Virtual Machine images don't work with VirtualBox [.qcow file format]

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[Bug 210361] Virtual Machine images don't work with VirtualBox [.qcow file format]

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            Bug ID: 210361
           Summary: Virtual Machine images don't work with VirtualBox
                    [.qcow file format]
           Product: Documentation
           Version: Latest
          Hardware: Any
                OS: Any
            Status: New
          Severity: Affects Many People
          Priority: ---
         Component: Website
          Assignee: [hidden email]
          Reporter: [hidden email]

VirtualBox is listed in the README file under virtual machine images on the
latest release: https://www.freebsd.org/where.html. However, I was unable to
get FreeBSD to boot with any of the .qcow files listed. VirtualBox doesn't have
an option to boot from the file format. I was able to get VirtualBox to work
with the "disc1.iso" format listed under the main section for installer images.
If the release page could indicate that this is the case, it could clear up
some confusion.  

Also (very minor note, probably not important) the README file is a bit hard to
locate due to being the same style/font/color as the other links. Could be
helpful to separate it for visibility.

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[Bug 210361] Virtual Machine images don't work with VirtualBox [.qcow file format]

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Benedict Reuschling <[hidden email]> changed:

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--- Comment #1 from Benedict Reuschling <[hidden email]> ---
I just verified it. Downloaded the qcow2 10.3. image, extracted it from the xz
and created a new VirtualBox VM using that qcow2 file as the underlying disk.
After starting the VM I get: FATAL: Could not read from the boot medium! System
halted.

A quick search on the web revealed this:
https://forums.virtualbox.org/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=75859

The issue seems to be with VirtualBox, not FreeBSD. To convert your qcow2 image
to VDI, which you can then import as a new VM in VirtualBox, open a console and
enter this:

VBoxManage convertfromraw --format vdi
/path/to/FreeBSD-10.3-RELEASE-amd64.qcow2
/output/path/FreeBSD-10.3-RELEASE-amd64.vdi

We should think about providing VDI (or any other format) files instead of QCOW
until VirtualBox fully supports running that format.

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