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VMware - cannot see VMDK file when setting up new VM and pointing to P2V folder

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Hi,

I am messing around with ESXi and have run into a couple of issues. I did a P2V conversion using the converter and copied to my PC HDD share. I then copied the whole folder to a datastore on the host. I then tried to create a VM and point the VM to the VMDK file but it doesn't show in the folder. Yet when browsing the datastore, the VMDK files (and all the others .vmx etc) are present.

I'm not using a SAN or resource pools etc, just a basic VM pointing to it's self contained folder in a datastore. I have created machines prior to this but no P2V. Also had a corrupt VM thjat when trying to create a new one, and point to it's VMDK file, it wasn't showing although as above, I could browse to the folder it was contained i

Hope it makes sense.

Any ideas?
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by:Megazzilla
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Hi!

Have you already tried to reboot ESXi yet?
As alternative, try to convert for ESXi the vmdk file(s) using 'vmkfstools -i existing.vmdk new.vmdk'
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by:Paul Solovyovsky
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You should normally converter directly to ESXi because if you're converting to your PC HDD it is in VMWare Workstation/VMware Server format and not ESX/ESXi format.  As noted above you will need to convert or rerum vmware converter and point to ESX directly
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by:leegclystvale
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THanks.
What syntax do I use to specify a filepath to convert the physical server directly to a datastore in the host using the converter wizard? It's asking for a location to store the converted files.
I couldn't find out how to specify this last time hence why I converted to a share on my PC first, then tried to upload it to the datastore using the datastore browser.
Any help appreciated
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by:Megazzilla
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You can convert directly to a ESX/ESXi infrastructure only if you have a licensed converter. The free version can only convert to VmWare server VM.

So, you can try to convert your phisical PC to a VMWare Server file, than tranport it to a ESXi via SSH and finally convert it with vmkfstools as suggested in my first message.
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by:Paul Solovyovsky
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I have used the free version to convert to ESX/ESXi without any issues.  You would chose vmware infrastrcutre as the destination, provide ip address of hte esx server and root username and the given password.
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by:leegclystvale
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Ok thanks. Sorry for the lack of understanding but it's all new to me!
Paul, The only option I get is OTHER VIRTUAL MACHINE and not the VMware infrastrcuture VM as I am doing it from my PC and trying to convert a server attached to the network. If I choose to convert my own PC, I then get the option to convert as VMware infrastrcuture VM.
Does this mean I have to install the converter on the server and then convert from the server?? Am i naive in thinking I could do this remotely with the free converter?
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Which version of converter do you have?
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Version 3.0.3
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Try version 4.0
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Excellent. A different class compared to version 3. Thanks very much
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