The Teradata Express Edition is an excellent opportunity to play around with a fully equipped  Teradata System. It is available for download at

Unfortunately, the only supported virtualization software is VMWare. Being a user of Oracle’s VirtualBox virtualization software, I was searching for a possibility to convert the VMWare images to VirtualBox images.

After unpacking the zip file containing the Teradata Express Edition 14.10, you will find the three files needed by VMWare:
sda.vmdk, PDISK0.vmdk and PDISK1.vmdk
Changing the file format from VMWare to VirtualBox is relatively easy. The conversion process was tested with VirtualBox 4.3.10.

All you have to do is:

– Open a Windows shell (run the cmd command)
– change the current directory to where your VirtualBox software is installed. In my case, this is:

cd C:\Program Files\Oracle\VirtualBox

– Run the conversion program, which is part of the VirtualBox installation. You have to convert the Linux installation, and both virtual disks (VDISKs); {PATH} has to point to the directory where you have unpacked the Teradata Express Edition files:

VBoxManage {PATH}\sda.vmdk  {PATH}\sda.vdi –format VDI
VBoxManage {PATH}\PDISK0.vmdk  {PATH}\PDISK0.vdi –format VDI
VBoxManage {PATH}\PDISK1.vmdk  {PATH}\PDISK1.vdi –format VDI

These commands create the VirtualBox images, which now can be directly added to Virtual Box. Be aware that these converted images are considerably bigger than the original VMware images. In my case, the original files have been about 11 GB. After conversion, they were altogether more than 31 GB in size.

After this conversion, I could install the  Teradata Express Edition 14.10 from Virtual Box without any problems.

Feel free to ask if you have any further questions regarding the conversion and installation process.

  • I also struggled to make TD-Express work in a VirtualBox environment until I found the fundamental flaw in my approach (after scrutinizing the vmx file provided in the download). Here are the steps I took to make TD-Express work with VB:

    Latest Virtualbox install:
    Latest TD-Express version (TDE SLES 11 for VMware (40GB) w/Viewpoint):
    Virtualbox config:
    By default, VB sets up the disks as SATA
    The TD-Express vmdk’s require SCSI
    Steps to configure SCSI
    Open VB
    Create a new VM
    Name: TD-Express
    Type: Linux
    Version: openSUSE (64-bit)
    Memory size: Greater than 1GB
    Hard disk: Do not add a virtual disk
    Once created
    Click “Storage” in the VB Manager
    NOTE: Below steps can be performed with icons on the bottom of the manager window
    Delete “Controller: SATA”
    Add “SCSI Controller”
    Add “hard disk”
    Choose existing disk
    Select “TDExpress15.10.0.7_Sles11_40GB_vp-disk1.vmdk” from the location you unzipped the TD- Express download
    Repeat for *disk2, *disk3
    Click OK
    Start virtual from the VB Manager window!

    • Hi I followed the instructions, but I get only command line mode, not like windows OS and desktop icons. What do I need to wok it like windows?

    • Hi,
      we followed the above mentioned steps for installing oracelbox and tdexpress but still when I start the virtual machine it is stopping at the below line

      Console: VGA + 80*25

      and virtual Linux instance has to open login popup windows which are not happening


      • Hi Shankar,

        I was facing the same situation and it could be very frustrating. I converted the image using ovftool from VMWare and also tried to attach the VM directly changing the Controller type and my VM always stuck on the same point as you with this irrelevant VGA text.

        The solution was to change the virtualization in the system settings –> acceleration tab to “Hyper-V” and that did the trick.

        I hope that helps.

        Kind regards,


  • Avatar
    hitit lidya says:

    Hi Roland,

    Thanks for your post.

    I think the convertfromraw command is missing in the post.
    VBoxManage convertfromraw {PATH}\sda.vmdk {PATH}\sda.vdi –format VDI.

    Even after converting VMDKs to VDIs, and creating a new Linux 64 bit VM I cannot seem to get it working. I keep getting the “FATAL: Could not read from the boot medium! System halted.” message.

    The way I am doing this is:
    1. Create a Linux VM (tried selecting openSuse or other Linux 64 bit while creating) with no hard-drives
    2. Add the 3 Teradata VDIs to the VM

    Any hints will be appreciated.


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