How to Clone a VirtualBox Virtual Machine on OS X

So…

I’m working on my automatic deployment scripts and decided to do some work using local VirtualBox VM’s rather than doing everything in the cloud. The cloud part all works just fine, so there’s no point wasting bandwidth (and money) proving it out a hundred times.
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WineBottler, WineHQ, Holy Crap!

For Our Few Windows Apps

I’ve been running my last remaining Windows apps, or any new ones I have to run for whatever reason, either on my one real Windows machine, or under Parallels or, more recently, VirtualBox.

We keep the battered old EMachines ET6212 with a whopping 2GB of memory and Windows XP around mostly to run QuickBooks since the Mac version of QuickBooks sucks, can’t convert our old data, etc. I do have one SEO program that I’m still using on that Windows machine, mostly because it keeps the Windows annoyance off my main Mac and it mostly runs scheduled SEO check jobs anyway.

Any time we do have to run a Windows program, I go back to my trusty old Windows 2000 disks and fire up a new Virtual Machine under Parallels or VirtualBox. Fortunately, there have been few programs that won’t run on that now 10 year old (!) OS.

Wine, WineBottler

Today, I was looking for an SQL query building GUI and came across a post that said that SQLyog was still the best MySQL application out there and gave instructions for running it under Wine.

The link from that page was broken but eventually lead me to WineBottler which is apparently the latest greatest effort to make a seamless bundle of Windows apps to run on OS X without a full emulator like Parallels or VirtualBox.

I downloaded WineBottler, opened the DMG, and dragged Wine.app and WineBottler.app to my Applications folder. Go Mac installation.

SQLyog Community Edition

Downloaded the SQLyog Community Edition (what the hell is up with that name?) from this page, then Opened With Wine. This started the automatic bundling process and eventually, after opening and closing a bunch of windows that I didn’t keep much track of, I told it to save SQLyog821CommunityEdition.app to my Desktop, which it did. In the course of all this, it also opened the Windows program!

So there it was, a Mac Application bundle that contained a Windows program, and a Windows program I’d never seen before running on my desktop with no big Windows VM hogging up CPU and memory.

After clearing the nag screens that are part of the SQLyog Community Edition Experience, I poked around, and damn if it didn’t actually seem to work.

Now, to see if it’s actually a better tool than the two Mac ones I’ve been exploring: Sequel Pro, and Querious.