We're All Clones: Linked Clone Virtual Machines

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15 minute Lightning Talk regarding the whys and hows of linked clone virtual machines in VMWare Fusion and VirtualBox.

See also:
http://nefariousdesigns.co.uk/archive/2009/09/virtualised-development-environments-on-a-mac/
http://nefariousdesigns.co.uk/archive/2010/02/mac-virtualbox-linked-clone/

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We're All Clones: Linked Clone Virtual Machines

  1. 1. LONES WE’RE ALL CLONES WE’RE LONES WE’RE ALL CLONES WE’RE LONES WE’RE ALL CLONES WE’RE LONES WE’RE ALL CLONES WE’RE LONES WE’RE ALL CLONES WE’RE (And everything is fine) LONES WE’RE ALL CLONES WE’RE LONES WE’RE ALL CLONES WE’RE LONES WE’RE ALL CLONES WE’RE LONES WE’RE ALL CLONES WE’RE
  2. 2. OBEY YOUR MASTER • Build a master VM • Includeall software you want to share across clones. • VMWare Tools
  3. 3. SEEK AND DESTROY • Grab only the disk and prepare it: • VMWare uses .vmdk (inside your master.vmwarevm) • Fix the paths and remove the UUID • VirtualBox uses .vdi • Make disk files read-only and immutable
  4. 4. SPAWN OF THY MASTER • Create a new VM • Use the master disk image instead of creating new • Create a snapshot • Run the clone • May need to fix networking strangeness
  5. 5. SIMPLES • Lots of documentation online • http://nefariousdesigns.co.uk/ • tim@nefariousdesigns.co.uk • steve@nascentguruism.com

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