Migration Between VMware Servers (on Server 2003)

I have VMware server that run on Windows Server 2003 (A) , I installed a new Windows Server 2003 Machine with VMware server (B) , how can i migrate my Virtual machines from Server (A) to Server (B)
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Naga Bhanu Kiran KotaCommented:
You can copy the folders where you have all the configurations files of the VMs which include the *.vmx, *.VMDK,*.VMXF and other files.

Also ensure that on the new VMware server if you have set the VMs to host only or NAT then vmnet1 and vmnet8 ipaddress ranges are the same as that on server A

When you try to bring up the VMs it will ask if you have moved the VMs or copied it, Select "moved It"  this will not change the UUID which is the hardware ID.

This is very important when you are running Windows 2003 R2 or WinXP, Vista, 2008 as they are activated based on the hardware ID.


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017087594Author Commented:
thank's for your fast reply,
after that i copy the Virtual machines Directory to the new path (disk on new server)
how can i add this machine?
should i create new machine's & use "old" hardisk files
or i have to use another solution ?
Naga Bhanu Kiran KotaCommented:

you can click on open in the VMware server menu and browse to the appropriate folder and select the vmx file which will automatically git it working.

or else you can double click on the vmx file which will automatically add it to the Vmware server

ensure that you have the folder paths set correctly if you had stored your vms files in different folders.

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Malli BoppeCommented:
copy the files and use add a new VM to inventroy and you should be able to choose the vmx file.when you try to start it complains saying whether the files have been copied or moved use what ever that is dafault.
017087594Author Commented:
Hi, thanks for your assist,
everything work fine.
I have another question:
I installed Esxi server instead old vmware server & migrate all my machines to Esxi
my question is how can i change machine name to new name ?
Naga Bhanu Kiran KotaCommented:

when you say machine name, are you referring to the name that you see in the VI client or the windows machine name inside the VM.

you can in the vi client highlight the VM and rename it.

If it is the windows name then you can highlight the vm click on console and login to the windows system and change the name opening mycomputer>>properties

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