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Tip: How do I archive desktop virtual machines?

In many situations, it is helpful to back up and archive your desktop virtual machines. You have spent a great deal of care creating these desktop virtual machines and you never know when they might be useful again. The easiest way to archive your virtual machines is to use a product called Winrar to accomplish this task.

In many situations, it is helpful to back up and archive your desktop virtual machines. You have spent a great deal of care creating these desktop virtual machines, and you never know when they might be useful again. The easiest way to archive your virtual machine is to use a product called WinRAR to accomplish this task. You can download WinRAR by following the link or by clicking the download button.

In this example, we will archive a Sun Java Desktop System. We will begin by browsing to the folder that contains the Sun Java Desktop System virtual machine files. Next, right-click on the folder that contains the files and choose Add to Archive, as shown in Figure A.

Figure A

Archiving a virtual machine
On the Compression Method drop-down menu, choose a compression method, and on the split to volume bytes, choose 650 if you are planning to burn to CD-ROM or 3,500,000,000 (you can choose higher, but I like to play it safe) if you plan to burn to DVD. By choosing to split your files, you are able to archive to CD-ROM or DVD-ROM. Once you have chosen your options, click OK. Figure B shows the archiving process in action.

Figure B

Archiving in progress

Once WinRAR finishes creating the archive, you can burn it to CD-ROM or DVD-ROM and store it for safekeeping.

3 comments
The 'G-Man.'
The 'G-Man.'

You never know when a RAR file can become corrupt so compliment this with PAR files as well. PAR files act as a repositary in much the same manner as a RAID array so if part of the smaller RAR files you create are missing or corrupt (that make up the archive) they can normally be fixe with the PAR files. SEE: http://www.binaries4all.com/quickpar/create.php

Steven S. Warren
Steven S. Warren

If so, please share how you archive your virtual machines.

s_pechacek
s_pechacek

7-zip works much better than WinRAR. It's free, and works much faster than any zip utility I have worked with (which I have tried just about all of them). 7-zip also offers other supported archive formats as well (tar, GZip, etc.), you should check it out. http://www.7-zip.org/ Also for those who use *nix, I think there is a port of this that works on most popular distros, and I know that Fedora can natavily support the 7z format.