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Importing VMs into rebuilt ESX server

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I have an ESX 3.5 lab server with 2 X RAID 5 arrays. One array contains the ESX code, and the other array contains all the VMs. I want to re-install ESX on the  original array. When re-installing will I be able to leave the VM array intact? If so, how difficult will it be to reimport the VMs into the rebuilt ESX server?
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You will be able to leave the VM array in place. If you are running VC you can navigate to the datastore, find the VM and add it to the inventory. If you are not running VC you can use the convertor to add the machines back to the server.
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I'm running VC as a Vm. So, if I rebuild ESX and then rebuild VC, I can just re-add the VMs by browsing to the datastore from the VI gui?
I may use the converter before I rebuild VC. Is converter just a plugin?
 
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Yes, you can just add the VM's back into the inventory from the datastore. In the datastore you navigate to the VM, then right click on the .vmx file and select add to inventory.

The convertor is a stand alone app that talks to VC to add or convert machines, you can download it from the VMware website.
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