VMWare Workstation conversion to ESXi 4

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  1. Lewis says:

    This information is here for assistance as it is for me when I need to migrate again in three years time.

  2. I am baffled, because for me it just worked, I’m slinging virtual machines around between various ESXi installs and VMware Fusion (same thing as Workstation, except for Mac) without an issue. Perhaps it’s because I am using the Windows version of VMware Converter, which is a higher rev number than the Linux version? Or maybe it’s because VMware Fusion has no flags for filesystem file format other than “break into 2gb chunks” (I chose monolithic here). The only real thing I’ve run into is that when converting a VM to an ova (whether infrastructure or local), I have to convert to a local hard drive — it won’t work if trying to save to a network share. WTF?!

    Which brings up the cruddy quality of VMware’s Linux-based CLI tools for managing VMware installations, but that’s a whole different ball of ire.

  3. Lewis says:

    Hi Eric, I think I discovered the cause of my issues a couple of weeks after writing this tale. I started getting weird issues and the occasional BSOD in Windows so decided to do some memory checking to see if that was causing any problems and lo-and-behold I had 3 out of 4 memory sticks that were bad!
    I RMAd them to the manufacturer and although I haven’t tried to convert any more VMs, I’m confident it’ll work as expected now.
    The strangest things…

  4. JF says:

    I just tried to convert from Workstation 7 to ESXi 4.0 and I did follow all of your steps but when I added the VM to the inventory it’s keep saying that it’s invalid?

    Do you have any clue?


  5. Jesse Shumaker says:

    You just saved me a lot of time my friend. thanks for this article

  6. Jaime Rojas says:

    Thank you, you help me a lot. I have a question, is it possible to resize the disk that I just “upgrade” form the workstation? I resize it once I ran it on the new ESX VM but it just looks resize in the Settings but it doesn´t in the new VM OS – It is running Win XP

    thanks four your help

  7. You my friend have saved me days worth of work! Excellent article. I was using the converter to convert my Hyper V VM’s to workstation so that I could then rebuild my Hyper V server to ESXi5.
    It worked going to the Workstation VM but failed on the return.
    I followed your instructions and I have got back my entire environment including AD Domain Controller and Exchange 2010.

  8. tommu says:

    Just a humble note to say thank you 🙂

    It *is* worth writing these posts.. Karma counts!

  9. Wesley says:

    Awesome post :)!

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