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Getting Started with Oracle VM VirtualBox by Pradyumna Dash

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Chapter 6. Virtual Storage

This chapter provides detailed information on the different virtual storage options available in VirtualBox and how they work.

Virtual disk

When you create a guest VM, it expects to see a hard disk where it stores the data. VirtualBox needs to present real storage to this guest VM, and this guest VM sees the storage as a virtual hard disk.

There are three ways to achieve this:

  • Large image files can be created on the physical hard disk and these image files will be used by VirtualBox, which in turn presents them to the guest VM as a virtual hard disk
  • You can present an iSCSI storage to the VirtualBox
  • There is an advanced functionality by which you can present the host disks directly to the guest VM

Each of the preceding options ...

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