QCOW2 stands for QEMU Copy -On- Write file. The QCOW image format is one of the disk image formats supported by the QEMU processor emulator.

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qemu-img convert hangs on Ubuntu Server 16.04 with 100% cpu

When i try to convert raw image to qcow2 format with command: qemu-img convert -O qcow2 base-image.img base-image.qcow2 i have several problems: qemu-img process never stops by itself and i can ...
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File size increases on disk image conversion with qemu-img

I downloaded two Ubuntu cloud image files xenial-server-cloudimg-amd64-disk1.img (294M) and xenial-server-cloudimg-amd64-disk1.vmdk (282M) from https://cloud-images.ubuntu.com/xenial/current/. I ...
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Ubuntu Cloud Images - Desktop versions

I was wondering why on official Ubuntu cloud image repository there are only server versions and not standard desktop images (with GUI). Which is the simplest way to create it? Thanks!
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How do I restore a Virtualbox VM from backup? (qcow)

I have backed up the contents of the directory "VirtualBox VMs" and now I am trying to restore the states of my virtual machines by copying the backed up files, back. Now when I select "Machine" -> "...
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Building KVM images

What is the best way to build Ubuntu 14.04 and 16.04 images for KVM? Until now, I have been using vmbuilder for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, but it seems it is no longer supported.
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Run a VM from an existing qcow2 image, using virsh

I have an existing qcow2 image file. I have the libvirt-bin program installed (on Ubuntu Desktop 15.10) and I'm trying to use the virsh command to run a VM of the qcow2 image. I couldn't quite figure ...
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qcow2 image much bigger then original vmdk file after conversion. how to avoid that?

I converted a vmdk image file to qcow2 with qemu-img (on a ubuntu 14.04 server) sudo qemu-img convert -f vmdk -O qcow2 Odoo-disk1.vmdk odoo-disk1.qcow2 now, the resulting qcow2 image is more then ...
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Extracting qcow2 image to a smaller real drive

How can i extract a qcow2 image (512gb, mostly free space) to a 128gb SSD? it will then be used as the boot drive
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How to export qcow2 KVM image?

I have set up a new QEMU virtual machine through KVM on a Ubuntu 14.10 linux installation. Everything is working smoothly. The problem is when I try to export the qcow2 vm image to another PC, to ...
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Error while modifing an image using guestfish

I tried to modify my .qcow2 image using guestfish guestfish --rw -a parsecROI.img.qcow2 Welcome to guestfish, the libguestfs filesystem interactive shell for editing virtual machine filesystems. ...
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how to import and install a UEC image on Openstack?

Getting started with Openstack here. I've successfully imported and launched instances with a cirros image per the Openstack Installation Guide, but when I import UEC images, like this one here and ...
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How to define clone presets to virt-manager

When using virt-manager 0.9.1 to clone existing machines, it ignores that the virtual disks are qcow2 compressed and sparsed. The cloned virtual disks are non-sparsed and in raw format. I know about ...
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Ambiguity using “ls -l” and “file” commands on a qcow file

I have a qcow2 file on my filesystem and I am trying to find the size of that file. For this, when I do a ls -l in the location where the file is stored, I get 13041664, which means the file size is ...