Get a list of all your VirtualBox virtual machines by name and UUID from the shell

VBoxManage list vms
A similar command that lists only the currently running VMs is thus: VBoxManage list runningvms ...the above showing a list of VMs by name and UUID in the same format as the "$ VBoxManage list vms" command
Sample Output
VirtualBox Command Line Management Interface Version 2.2.4
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All rights reserved.

"winxp-ie6" {487b8e10-e2f8-480c-a0be-a20b51d86848}
"winxp-ie7" {b5a97304-de94-4a6c-8d7c-88fa9d9054e0}
"winxp-ie8" {cb6f9885-1f27-479d-aea3-2b8b96deb628}

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