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Can I reinstall a VMware TRIAL version without blowing up my existing vm's?

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Our previous Sys Admin stood up a VM Server using some trial version of VMWARE and put two production systems on it. Now the vm's will not start giving off an error message that the VMWARE has expired.

My plan is to download a new version of VMware and install it. What I am curious about is if I install a new version of VMWare Server over the expired one will it kill my two production vm's that are configured on that box?
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by:virtuatech
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You can install VMWare Server for free:
http://www.vmware.com/products/server/
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by:Adrian770
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Thanks
I have that part already. I need to make sure if I install this over the trial version he installed that I am not going to overwrite / destroy the vm's that are currently installed on that box.
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by:bhanukir7
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The VM's are logically files which can be used anywhere. i.e you can move the .vmx the config file and the .vmdk the virtual hard disk to another machine and bring them up without any issues. The only glitch would be when you try to move them or use them on a differnt machine or re-installed VMware product it would ask you when the first time you bring them up saying "This VM has been created by another version or is this copied" it would ask you if you want to change the UID i.e "create" or "keep" ensure that you select "keep" otherwise this will create a new hardware id for the VM and you might require to re-activate the OS

bhanu
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by:larstr
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What VMware product are you using? VMware Server can't coexist with Workstation. Player is included and installed with workstation and can start you existing VMs if you want to. VMware Server has no trial licenses. ESX Server has 60 days trial licenses.

Lars
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by:Adrian770
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bhanu
thanks I think that is what I was looking for. I will try it out and let you know.

lars - VMServer Version 2.0 is the version we are using. Not doing anything with workstation
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by:larstr
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VMware Server 2.0beta2 will expire on July 31st. VMs created and running on Server 2.0 have a newer virtual hardware than Server 1.0.x can handle so you might need to use VMware Converter to convert those VMs. VMs created in Server 2.0 have the same virtual hw level as Workstation 6.0.

When you uninstall a VMware product it will not automatically delete any virtual machines.

Lars
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I ended up installing the free version 1.0.6 from vmware.
I could not open up the VM's created under the beta version.
I tried the VM Converter. It failed to recognize the VM's created under Beta as well.  
I downloaded a new copy of the Beta from VM and installed it. It opened up and started the VM's just fine.
This is a bandaid not a permanent solution as now I know that the Beta version will expire in the future and I am back to square one.
At least I bought myself some time.
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by:bhanukir7
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Hi

i believe the question started with one thing and the answer that you accepted as a solution is one thing which was sub part of the questions. Please try to put in one questin at a time so that we can work on it and suggest the solution.  As your question was this?

Can I reinstall a VMware TRIAL version without blowing up my existing vm's?

and the answer you accepted was

"I downloaded a new copy of the Beta from VM and installed it. It opened up and started the VM's just fine"

i believe what ever you have asked in your first part was addressed.

anyhow. next time please post a specific question and ask questions related to the same.

bhanu
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