Jul 142014

The main reason of almost every post on this blog is the same.

Need to do something, dig the Net, take a while to find stuff so I think to make a note on my… virtual hints book 😉

This time the need was to move a Windows 8.1 virtual machine from VMware Fusion for OS X 10.9.4 to VirtualBox on Linux.

The best option is to export and import the VM in OVA (Open Virtual Appliance) format, but there is no GUI option to export in Fusion. It took me a while to understand that Fusion comes with OVF Tool included, as a command line, and located in the default path “/Applications/VMware Fusion.app/Contents/Library/VMware OVF Tool

A working example of a command line is:

./ovftool --acceptAllEulas /Users/marco/Documents/Virtual\ Machines.localized/Windows\ 8.1\ x64.vmwarevm/Windows\ 8.1\ x64.vmx /Users/marco/Desktop/Win81.ova

The green part of the command above refers to specific names I gave to the VM in Fusion and to the OVA file.

–acceptAllEulas is an option to make the command less interactive.


Dec 232007

Again on WP migration.

My previous 2.0.11 installation was having DB collation and Character Set configured as latin1 (by default with WordPress 2.0.x).

Bad thing happened when I exported my sql db and reimported in new 2.3.1 installation (defaulting at UTF-8) and saw all accented characters displayed as question marks, ugly signs, etc. 🙁

I also tried exporting as UTF-8 in WP 2.0, but soon realized that WP 2.0.x does not include support for UTF-8 Character Set.

Found a solution in a blog, and reporting it here to avoid spending again two days in future Googling… and testing. Continue reading »